The club and cafe provide a focal point for the local community, and many living locally choose to have parties and even their weddings in the club buildings overlooking the Lea. (see Facilities page for more details)

Lea Rowing Club has excellent relationships with its local authorities and other groups which aim to introduce young people to water and the sport of rowing. The Club works closely with the Sports Development teams in Hackney, Haringey, Havering, Camden, Islington, Redbridge and Waltham Forest to further the sport of rowing.  Not least of all, the Club manages and develops Borough Rowing Teams for the prestigious London Youth Games Competition.

Community Groups have long been part of the ‘family’ at the Club and we have had member groups regularly rowing from the Metropolitan Police, Universities, London Transport, the London Hospitals and religious groups – some of whom still use the Club today.

Members of the community of Hackney’s New Age Games have explored rowing on their local river.