Rowing clubs around Scotland have been developing innovative ways to engage with their membership during the challenging lockdown period. Scottish Rowing Club of the Year 2018/19, Glasgow Rowing Club, have ensured that their junior rowers were provided opportunities post-lockdown. This included bringing in new members using specific learn to row equipment, so much so there is now a waiting list at the club for new members.
Read more: Glasgow Rowing Club Invest in the Future
Scottish Rowing Winter Webinar Series
Posted: 16 September 2020
Scottish Rowing is delighted to announce our new Winter Webinar Series. Following our Summer Webinar Series where we hosted Robin Williams, Scottish Rowing Performance Programme lead coaches and a Scottish Olympian's panel with Katherine Grainger, Heather Stanning and Dot Roberts, we are looking forward to delivering a range of speakers and content to add value to your Scottish Rowing membership in the coming weeks and months.
The Scottish Rowing Winter Webinar Series will comprise of 9 sessions delivered by three renowned experts from September 2020 to March 2021. We are delighted that for the first time we will host European Champion and GB Olympic silver medal winning cox from Rio 2016 Zoe de Toledo for a trio of coxing webinars, focussed on how to improve coxing skill and performance. These sessions will provide insights from Zoe’s experience at the top level of the sport, which will be beneficial for coaches and coxes alike across the Scottish Rowing community.
Read more: Scottish Rowing Winter Webinar Series
Matt Taylor Appointed as Scottish Rowing Commercial Director and Scottish Student Sport Rowing Chair
Posted: 19 August 2020
Scottish Rowing are delighted to announce the recent appointment of Matt Taylor as Commercial Director on the Scottish Rowing Board of Directors. Matt has also been appointed by Scottish Student Sport as Rowing Chair.
Read more: Matt Taylor Appointed as Scottish Rowing Commercial Director and Scottish Student Sport Rowing Chair
COVID-19 Route Map Update – Guidance for Rowing
Posted: 21 August 2020
Following the Scottish Government’s announcement on Thursday 20th August, Scottish Rowing is delighted to publish Version 3 of the Phase 3 Guidance for Rowing which allows for the welcome return to rowing in crew boats from 24th August for adults and juniors. This will enable many more rowers to enjoy the physical and mental health benefits of being active on the water.
Read more: COVID-19 Route Map Update – Guidance for Rowing
Scottish Rowing secures funding for third cohort of Coaching Futures programme
Posted: 12 August 2020
Rowing is one of nine Scottish sports which will benefit from the Coaching Futures programme after Scottish Rowing secured investment from sportscotland for the successful performance athlete to coach apprenticeship programme.
The programme aims to utilise the experience of performance athletes and create opportunities for them to transition into coaching roles. The two year, full-time, apprenticeship provides a unique opportunity to ‘earn while you learn’ by focusing on the development of coaching practice. The apprentice coach will benefit from a comprehensive personal development plan and support from experienced coaches and qualified coach developers.
Read more: Scottish Rowing secures funding for third cohort of Coaching Futures programme
From the Tay to Australia: Coaching with Gippsland Grammar
Posted: 3 August 2020
Written by Dundee University Boat Club alumna Eleanor Brinkoff
"As the end of final year loomed and fellow 4th years were scrambling to find post grad schemes, jobs and masters I realised that whilst I didn’t have any plans for after graduation, I knew that I wasn’t too keen on entering the real world just yet. A gap year job coaching rowing 10,000 miles away seemed like an ideal way to prolong freedom and the perfect chance to recharge after 4 years of university. Fast-forward 4 months; I had a degree under my belt and whilst walking down the Henley-on-Themes tow path I got the call to say I had the job! After a quick month of goodbyes and celebrations, I boarded a flight destined for Melbourne - 40 jet lagged hours later I arrived in Sale, my home for the next year.
Read more: From the Tay to Australia: Coaching with Gippsland Grammar
Collective statement on Scottish Government review of lockdown: Thursday 30 July 2020
Posted: 3 August, 2020
Following a formal communication sent to the First Minister on the morning of 30th July 2020 from 32 individual Scottish Governing Bodies of Sport (SGB), the SGB CEO Forum welcomes the recognition by the First Minister of the requirement to move forward the re-opening of sports facilities.
Read more: Collective statement on Scottish Government review of lockdown: Thursday 30 July 2020
COVID-19 Route Map – Phase 3 Guidance for Rowing
COVID-19 Route Map – Phase 3 Guidance for Rowing V2 Published 31st July 2020
Following the First Minister’s statement on Thursday 30th July, Scottish Rowing is pleased to publish updated guidance for rowing during Phase 3 of the COVID-19 Route Map. This guidance is effective from 31st July and is available here: https://bit.ly/2Pappa7.
The key changes are as follows:
- Coaching: From 3rd August, sports coaches can meet with more than four households in a single day. The limits on group size in a session remain unchanged.
- Self-isolation: Individuals displaying COVID-19 symptoms should self-isolate for 10 days (increased from 7 days previously).
- Shielding: Shielding will be paused from 1stAugust.At that point those currently shielding can follow the general Guidance for Rowing.
Read more: COVID-19 Route Map – Phase 3 Guidance for Rowing
Coach Highlight - John Higson
Posted: 20 July 2020
John Higson, Assistant Head of Rowing at Edinburgh University Boat Club
I’ve been asked to write a piece about me, my coaching, or “whatever I want really” so, in a throwback to 10 years or more ago when I last wrote an ‘essay’ I’ve sat down with my laptop and found two very key components for inspiration. Kevin Costner, and a sports film.
I learned to row at Edinburgh University and it is in those early formative years in the sport that I believe the foundations and principles for my coaching career were embedded, not that I knew it at the time. While studying at the university I cannot say that I had much of an idea of what I was looking to go into as a career/job and coaching never really featured on my radar. I often therefore get asked how I got into coaching.
Read more: Coach Highlight - John Higson
Reflections - Henley Women’s Regatta by Lee Boucher – Head of Performance Pathway
Posted: 20 June 2020
This weekend should have seen the return of Henley Women’s Regatta featuring more than 1,500 rowers from across the UK and around the world. In recent years, this has become an increasingly popular competition for Scottish clubs, with rowers enjoying the opportunity to compete on the world-famous regatta course and test themselves against the best in the country.
For the last two years, Scottish Rowing has worked with our clubs to facilitate opportunities for junior rowers from across Scotland to come together and enjoy the ‘Henley experience’. Whilst some of our clubs have sufficient numbers and depth to field their own crews, for many junior programmes in Scotland this opportunity isn’t always possible, and these projects have been crucial for bringing people together.
Read more: Reflections - Henley Women’s Regatta by Lee Boucher – Head of Performance Pathway
Scottish Rowing - Update following First Minister's Statement
Posted: 18 June 2020
Scottish Rowing is pleased to be able to provide an update on the proposals for a phased return to sport following the First Minister’s Statement today, 18th June 2020.
As a sport we recognise and promote the benefits of rowing for physical and mental wellbeing and in particular the benefits of being outdoors and we welcome the progression to Phase 2 and the publication of updated guidelines for the return to physical activity.
The Phase 2 changes announced by the Scottish Government today will be introduced in stages rather than all at once. As of today, we have updated our current guidance to reflect only the changes in the Scottish Government guidelines relating to seeing family and friends. This guidance will take effect from tomorrow (19th June) and is available on our website.
A number of other changes to the guidelines were announced which will take effect from the 29th June. We are reviewing these and if necessary will update our own guidance setting out the conditions under which rowing can take place in Phase 2 to ensure participants who are able to row can do so safely and in accordance with the Scottish Government guidelines. Once this review is complete, we will publish our updated advice for clubs.
It is vital that as a sport we continue to support the wider public health agenda by taking a gradual and socially responsible approach to our phased return to rowing and the continued support of the rowing community in this is much appreciated.
Please note that you should continue to follow the current published Scottish Rowing Guidance.