Junior Academy

The Junior Academy at Ross Rowing Club has been a tremendous success since its inception in 2005.

Its success is founded on a culture of aiming high, not just in terms of its sporting ambitions but also in terms of the enjoyment of rowing and sculling experienced by all of its members. My only regret at the moment is that we are not able to cope with all the young people who want to come and row with us.

Our success on the water over the past few years has been exceptional, and we are equally proud of our record of engaging youngsters at all levels in the sport of rowing.

We are an inclusive organisation whose aim is to provide local youngsters with the opportunity to enjoy rowing and sculling at whichever level suits them.

Paul Brodholt, Junior Captain

Our Aim:

The aim of the Junior Academy is to enjoy this sporting challenge.

In the first year or two, this means getting to grips with technical skills. From then on, it is a question of developing the levels of fitness and determination needed to succeed at a competitive standard. For some, taking part at the local level of competition is the goal.For others, the social scene and enjoyment is enough.

How do I get involved ?


  • We currently have about 82 junior athletes on our books and we are full, so you will have to start by joining our waiting list (which your child can be added to when in Year 7 at school).
  • Your first port of call to know more is Paul, our Junior Captain. Please contact Paul using his email address, which is junior.captain@rossrowingclub.co.uk
  • During a normal rowing week we run a programme of regular and structured training sessions.
  • Training sessions take place on Saturday and Sunday afternoons and on Monday and Wednesday evenings.
  • We also host and run two one week long training camps during the school holidays, one during the Easter holidays and one at the start of the Summer holidays.
  • We tend to start groups of new athletes during our training camps, which is when we can provide the greatest concentration of qualified coaching, safeguarding and safety coverage.

The Coaches

All coaching is by qualified coaches who are trained and have been screened for their suitability for working with young people. In 2008 the Junior Academy coaching team was voted the British Rowing coaching team of the year. It has a continuous program of developing new coaches and ensures all are kept abreast of the latest and most effective coaching and technical advances in the Sport.


The club follows the rules of British Rowing’s Water Safety Code.

All rowers must be competent swimmers able to swim at least 50 metres and this is tested at a local pool. Capsize drills are held regularly and all rowers must complete the drill. It will teach your child what to do if he or she ever falls out of a boat.

RRC follows a policy of DBS clearance for club coaches, officials & helpers closely involved with junior rowers.

Parents/Carers pulling together

Everything that we do is dependent on volunteers. There are no employees at RRC, so we are keen to involve parents in the club. We welcome parents to all training sessions and competitions and value your support. We even provide one parent with a Social Membership as part of a Junior Membership.



As the club is run entirely by volunteers it is essential that both coaches and parent helpers receive the full support and co-operation of both juniors and parents.