London Youth Rowing (LYR) is a ground-breaking sports initiative, developing young people through physical activity, and opening access to rowing at all levels. Over 5,000 Londoners participate in their indoor and on-water rowing activities.
LYR brings rowing to all young people, whatever their background - from beginners, to those with disabilities, to those with the talent and determination to row at competition level.
Juniors at three London rowing clubs (Lea RC in Hackney, Globe RC in Greenwich and Thames RC in Wandsworth) are coached by LYR. In addition, the charity runs rowing courses at other venues, such as the London Regatta Centre in Newham, Fairlop Water in Redbridge, and the UL boathouse in Hounslow.
LYR’s largest project, Row East London (RoEL!), brings indoor and on-water rowing to young people in the ten Olympic and Gateway boroughs. Over 80 state secondary schools take part.
LYR also organises the annual National Junior Indoor Rowing Championships (which this year attracted 1700 young competitors). And it runs the On-Water Regatta, the Indoor Rowing event and the Adaptive Challenge at the London Youth Games.
Important new initiatives include ‘Mobile Learn2Row’, which brings rowing into the communities where young people live, a rowing programme on the Serpentine in Hyde Park, and the first ever Rowing Academy at Mossbourne Academy in Hackney.
Participants come from many ethnic backgrounds. Some have disabilities, some have never done sport before and some will become future rowing stars. All of them help fulfil the charity’s mission: Making Champions Everyday.