Junior Learn2Row

We have opened our waiting list for our 2016 Junior Learn to Row Courses. We restrict these courses to those children in school years 8-9.

Children who make the best rowers are not necessarily tall, large or strong but ones who have been taking part in other competitive sports, especially swimming, gymnastics or dance and who have become accustomed to training four times a week or more.

From a safety perspective, it is an absolute requisite that they MUST BE strong swimmers.

We anticipate that our courses will run over the Whitsun (May) Half Term, giving those children who make the grade a chance to integrate into the Junior Section over the Summer. Priority on places will be given to those children who do not attend schools where rowing is offered. The Junior Fees are now a flat rate of £360 per child.

Please email the Junior Head Coach, Martín Cambareri, to have your child’s name put on the waiting list and we will process you all on a first come, first served, basis.


The Lea Rowing Club Learn2Row programme is designed to teach juniors all the skills that they need so they are able to begin to row. The courses are open to young persons whether they have on-water experience, training experience or are completely new to the sport.  The primary target group is children in school years 8-9.  For children in school years 10-11, the club would be interested in hearing from young athletes who have been competing in other sports. The programmes typically run in the school holidays between the spring and autumn half terms and last for five consecutive days. By the end of a programme the coaching team aim to have the participants confidently rowing on-water.

All participants must be able to swim 100m in light clothing.


Each programme is taught by a minimum of two UKCC Level Two Coaches who are also members of the Club. These coaches are assisted by at least four volunteers from our top level group of Junior athletes.

Groups of participants are kept to a maximum of 14 to ensure a high degree of individual tuition and this provides the correct level of supervision and coach/student ratios.

Programme content

Introduction to the Rowing Club and explanation of how it works

Introduction to the Boathouse and layout

Familiarisation with the River – the training environment

Full safety briefing

Introduction to the parts of the boat and oars

Introduction to British Rowing Technique and indoor rowing machines
Introduction to the training boats, safety and the water

On-water training – we aim to get on the water in the first session

Progression from Learn2Row

By the end of the programme all participants should be able to row confidently in crew boats and will be able to take part in Junior Development Squad or Junior Club Squad sessions.

For further information about our Junior Learn2Row programmes, email the Junior Head Coach, Martín Cambareri or click if you would like to “Register your interest” page.