Because the river Lea is sheltered and located between two locks it provides perfect conditions for learning to row all year round. The water conditions combined with our excellent selection of beginner boats provide the perfect opportunity for a safe and fun introduction to rowing. Many beginners enjoy the pleasant rowing conditions as well as the sense of having found an inner city river with a country feel to it. For more information on our Learn2row courses please see the “Learn2row” section of the website.
Recreational rowing is a new addition to the Lea RC portfolio. The Lea RC recreational group is among the first of its kind in the country to benefit from British Rowing funding. As a result of the partnership between British Rowing and Lea RC the recreational group has its own fleet of boats (including 4 coxed four lake boat, 2 coxed tub fours, 2 coxed pair/double scull lake boats and a learner scull) as well as its own dedicated coaching team. This is a relaxed way for people to enjoy the river, the club and rowing in general. Members of the recreational group are also welcome to use the gym facilities outside of main training hours. Read more about recreational rowing at The Lea.
Competitive rowing – Men – Women
Lea RC has a regular programme of competitions throughout the year. Competitive rowers get the opportunity to race against other clubs all around the UK in events that range from beginner level through to National Championships and Henley Royal Regatta. Our most experienced crews also compete overseas. Lea RC supports its men and women in achieving these goals by providing high level coaching and equipment to all squads. All novice and senior athletes are provided with a structured training programme in order to ensure they can achieve their potential. The system at Lea RC has a history of success and has produced a number of athletes who have gone on to represent Great Britain. Read more about Men’s or Women’s competitive rowing.
As mentioned above we have excellent water conditions for beginners which is especially important when providing a safe environment for juniors to learn to row. Furthermore our junior section is fully equipped to cater for juniors from the ages of 11 to 18 of any rowing ability. We have several dedicated junior coaches who are experienced in coaching young people of all abilities.
Lea RC has a long tradition of developing national champions from local youngsters and a number have gone on to row for Great Britain at Junior World Championships. Today we run our junior section in partnership with London Youth Rowing. Our junior coaches are very active in the community and with the support of London Youth Rowing and YES Lea RC runs programmes all year round so that local children can learn skills and experience a sport they might not otherwise have the opportunity to participate in. Read more about junior rowing.
Lea RC has very active men’s and women’s veteran rowing squads. Rowers generally start rowing as veterans in their late 30s and we have active rowers in their 80s. Our veteran squads compete all year round at a range of events from the beginner level through to the World Masters Championships. Veterans are welcome to join in the club Learn2Row course as well as the recreational rowing group. Read more
Lea RC is delighted to welcome anyone who has an interest in coxing to the club. We value anyone who wishes to join who has prior coxing experience as well as those who have never been in a boat before. Read more about coxing at The Lea.