Lea RC is open to people of all levels of experience. We offer rowing to people from the age of 11 upwards. We aim to deliver a broad range of services to our members, to provide them with resources to develop to the best of their ability, and to support their ambitions whether that be as a competitive or recreational rower. We are affiliated to British Rowing and have Club Mark accreditation.
Lea RC takes its name from its location on the River Lea, (a tributary of the River Thames) at the foot of Spring Hill in Upper Clapton, London E5 (please see the “Where Are We?” section of the site for directions). We row on a stretch of the Lea approximately 7km long, between Tottenham and Old Ford locks.
There have been a number of rowing clubs at the site since the early 19th Century. In 1980 the last five clubs on the Spring Hill site amalgamated. Stuart Ladies, Crowland, Gladstone Warwick, City Orient and Britannia formed Lea RC. Since then the club has produced successful male and female athletes from junior through to senior age groups in both heavyweight and lightweight categories. The club has won at Henley Royal Regatta on 6 occasions and won countless National Championship medals.
We run two regattas during the course of the season, and we compete as a club both at domestic and international regattas. In partnership with London Youth Rowing (LYR) and with the support of Youth Experience in Sport (YES), we run development and summer rowing programmes for local schools and young people. We have numerous British Rowing certified coaches with a history of producing top athletes. Lea RC welcomes new coaches and supports members in attaining coaching qualifications.