Junior Squad

Our thriving Junior Section has been an integral part of Ardingly Rowing Club for over 15 years and currently enjoys an active 50+ strong membership.

Our volunteer coaches, and the squads that they coach, are able to cater for a broad spectrum of both ability and ambition. Our junior members range from those simply looking to try a new sport; those who are capable scullers but wish to participate for leisure only; right through to those eager to test themselves at a competitive level.

Broadly speaking, our Juniors are of senior school age, from 11+ right up to Upper Sixth at 18+. No previous experience is necessary, the only requirement being the ability to swim 100 metres. However, as safety is of paramount importance, all Club members -whether junior or senior- will take part in a practical water safety drill in due course.

Training takes place in various squads which are structured around the ability and needs of the participant, and their commitment to the sport. Currently, we have a New Starter/Recreational squad which meets on Saturdays and Sundays all year round, and on weekday evenings during the summer months; we also have a Development Squad which meets on Saturdays and Sundays and provides a training programme all year round. We also run several 'Learn to Row' courses throughout the year for complete novices.

Our New Starter/Recreational squad aims to teach recent beginners to become competent scullers, as well as provide a regular time slot for those who are already competent and wish to row for leisure. We aim to coach all of these squad members to achieve their desired level of competency.

The Development Squad aims to take competent scullers and provide them with a structured training programme, both on and off the water, with the intention of improving their competency levels, fitness and boat speed. Typically, the members of the Development Squad are those looking to compete in Head of the River races and Regattas. We are proud to have several junior Development Squad members and crews who have been selected and have competed at a national level for the South East Region at the Junior Inter-Regional Regatta.

As well as teaching new starters to row, we are also able to teach them how to Cox a boat as well. Typically suited to smaller people, a good Cox understands their boat, motivates their crew and commands their boats. This is ideal for a confident, assertive person who may not wish to do the rowing themselves

Junior boats are in plentiful supply and with singles, doubles and a quad available to us coaching can be focussed on the individual or can be team-based. We are affiliated to British Rowing and were originally part of their Project Oarsome initiative which aims to introduce rowing to secondary schools. We are also involved with several local schools, providing them with the equipment and water that they need to introduce rowing and sculling into their curriculum.

With some thought and coordination, we are able to cater for juniors with a disability too - one of the Team GB Para-Rowers (Helene Raynesford) rowed at Ardingly Rowing Club in the 1990s. Some disabilities require no changes to equipment or training programmes and can be accomodated easily for us; and we also have specialised adaptive equipment for use by others (including boats with out-rigger floats.)

British Rowing has some great information for juniors who would are interesting in taking up the sport and would like to know more. Please visit www.britishrowing.org/taking-part/juniors to view the information

Staying safe and having fun: The welfare of our young club members is paramount. The club is committed to fostering a caring, friendy and safe environment for everyone involved in rowing so they can participate in a relaxed and secure atmosphere. Bullying of any kind is unacceptable in rowing. If bullying does occur, all rowers, coaches, volunteers or parents should be able to tell and know that incidents will be dealt with promptly and effectively. This means that anyone who knows that bullying is happening is expected to tell the Club Welfare Officer or any committee member

We adhere to the British Rowing Safeguarding and Protecting Children Policy and Anti-Bullying Policy, which can be found at: www.britishrowing.org/sites/default/files/pages/22685/SPCG%20Policy%20Feb%202013.pdf

If you would like further information, or would like to enquire about joining, please contact:
Mark Abbott, Junior Captain ()