Welcome to ‘Row to Success', British Rowing's FREE School Games Organiser's (SGO) indoor rowing toolkit.

British Rowing has been working with Sport England and the Youth Sport Trust to develop rowing within the School Games. ‘Row to Success’ should be read in conjunction with the guidance made available to SGOs and schools about intra and inter-school competition at Levels 1, 2 and 3. This can be viewed at www.yourschoolgames.com

The information provided here will guide schools, teachers and SGOs through the process of using competition to develop indoor rowing participation at Levels 1, 2 and 3 as part of the School Games. A number of downloadable documents have been included for you to use or print off to help you and your young leaders run your competitions.

The guide complements British Rowing’s existing Teacher and Young Leader courses, the Learn to Row handbook and Row to Health booklet. Row to Success assists you with:

  1. What you need to know to run a Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 intra and inter-school competition.
  2. Other ways you could use competition to promote and encourage indoor rowing.

Note: British Rowing does not support rowing programmes for children under the age of 11 except under carefully controlled circumstances. Our competitions are primarily aimed at young people at secondary school. Please refer to British Rowing's policy statement on the use of indoor rowing machines by primary age children.

Indoor rowing competitions are ideal for encouraging more depth, regularity, inclusion and the involvement of young people in intra and inter-school competition. In 2010/11, over 15,000 young people took part in an indoor rowing competition as part of the British Rowing framework across England. Some areas ran their first county level event of varying sizes from 10 to 400 young people.

Nationally last year, over 2000 young people raced in our Level 4 one day event, at the National Junior Indoor Rowing Championships in London. Both Boat Race crews were on hand to give tips, and support competitors on the day.

British Rowing encourages schools, SGOs and Local Organising Committees (LOCs), to include rowing in their local competition plans and continue to build links to rowing clubs for water based activity.

If you have any additional questions or enquiries, please feel free to contact us at ir4yp@britishrowing.org