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There are a number of ways to get involved as a volunteer and you don’t need to be a rowing expert to make a valuable and valued contribution.

The main areas where volunteers are always needed are:

  1. Umpiring
  2. Club Support
  3. Coaching
  4. Scottish Rowing Board and Committee Members
  5. Scottish Rowing Key Volunteers

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Umpires ensure races are run fairly and safely.  They are also responsible for enforcing the rules or racing at events as well as providing objective feedback on the standard of event organisation.  Without good quality umpires, the race calendar could not run.

Scottish Rowing provides training for umpires, and there are 3 levels of recognised umpire qualifications:

  1. Umpires licence
  2. Umpires licence with multi-lane endorsement
  3. FISA licence (International Umpire)

To find out more about getting involved as an umpire, see our poster.

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There is a vibrant network of clubs in Scotland which are all run by enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers.  There are a range of roles within clubs from Chair, Secretary and Treasurer, to publicity, fundraising and webmaster.

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In a growing sport like rowing, clubs are always looking for new coaches.  Whether you are a parent who wants to help out or an experienced rower who wants to pass on your expertise, there are coaching qualifications to help you get started.

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The Board of Scottish Rowing agrees the strategic direction and policies for the sport in Scotland on behalf of the members, and is made up entirely of volunteers.  There are also a number of volunteer positions on sub-committees which have responsibility for various operational aspects of the sport.

A range of skills including rowing knowledge, sport management, legal, commercial, marketing, finance and HR are valuable and important for the good governance of the sport.

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Scottish Rowing is the Governing body for Rowing within Scotland and organises two major regattas each year as well as the Scottish Indoor Rowing Championships. The Domestic Regatta Organising Committee is made up entirely of Volunteers and we are always seeking more enthusiastic members for this group.

We also have volunteering opportunities for seasonal events which we will advertise below when they are available. If you would like to volunteer for Scottish Rowing in any area, please contact volunteer@scottish-rowing.org.uk.