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Scottish Rowing Junior Academy 2021-22

Introduction – what is the purpose?

The Scottish Rowing Junior Academy has been created to support talented junior (J16 - J18) rowers to reach their potential, equipping them with the tools to achieve success in rowing both nationally and internationally. It aims to provide education, opportunity and community for athletes, coaches, and parents.

Benefits – why should you apply?

  • Provide you with the tools and experiences to help you perform to your potential
  • Meet and train with other talented rowers in Scotland
  • Learn from and be coached by rowing experts
  • Early engagement with sports science support and expert practitioners
  • Careers advice and opportunity to speak to university programmes in Scotland

Key Objectives – what do we want to achieve?

  1. Build technical competency, physical capacity, and mental capability necessary for rowing at national and international level
  2. Develop key behaviours associated with high performance sporting success
  3. Provide opportunities for junior coaches to develop their skills and further support their athletes to achieve their goals
  4. Enable parents and guardians to go on the journey, facilitate success and provide ongoing support to their children

Opportunities – how will we achieve this?

  • Training camp programme delivered between October and May, focusing on physical preparation, crew boat skills and performance behaviours
  • Monthly engagement between camps to support coach and athlete development via tailored online workshops and mentoring
  • Opportunities to race at high-profile domestic events such as Head of the River, Henley Women’s Regatta and HIR during the 2021-22 season
  • Private online community to connect and stay in touch between camps
  • Invitation for coaches to engage in the process, including their own bespoke support via the Scottish Rowing Workforce Development Manager
  • Education for parents and guardians to empower your whole team

*This will be delivered as part of the Scottish Rowing Junior Development Programme, which is open to Academy and non-Academy rowers, subject to selection.

Camp Themes and Dates

Junior Academy

Who is involved?

Led by Scottish Rowing with support provided by the sportscotland institute of sport and private practitioners, rowing experts and former and current athletes.

Expectations – what is the commitment?

  • Athlete attendance at all camps and workshops (unless agreed otherwise)
  • Open and curious mindset, willing to learn and be able to put behaviours into action between camps
  • Compliance with planning, monitoring, and reviewing as necessary
  • Coach participation when available
  • £80 athlete contribution* (including Academy t-shirt)

*Residential costs not included. We invite applicants to get in touch if you have difficulties meeting this contribution.

Eligibility criteria – who can apply?

  1. Dedication, ambition and drive to improve your rowing
  2. Aspirations to represent Scotland and/or Great Britain
  3. Demonstrated progress in your rowing relevant to your experience level

Application process – how do I apply?

Applications open on Wednesday 22nd September 2021. To apply please fill in an athlete application form with your parent or guardian. Every athlete application should be accompanied by a coach nomination. Both forms are available via the links below. You have until 21:00 on Tuesday 5th October to submit your application.

Athlete application

Coach nomination

If successful, you will be notified on or before Tuesday 12th October and invited to attend a welcome webinar on Wednesday 20th October at 8pm on Zoom. The first camp is Sunday 24th October at the Scottish Rowing Centre, Strathclyde Park.

For more information, please contact the Junior Academy Co-Ordinator, Kim Murray, at kimberley.murray@scottish-rowing.org.uk