The message below was sent to all individuals aged 15 and over who registered interest in learning to row during 2017/18;
Thank you so much for getting in touch over the year and expressing an interest in the sport of rowing. Usually this time of year we would be writing to invite you to participate on a learn to row course, however, sadly this year we are not going to be in a position to offer any non-competitive places, and only have a handful of spots for competitive memberships. The club has been running at full capacity for the past couple of years and the only availability is where members have moved away or left for University. This year that number is marginal.
With such good retention of membership we currently have a higher number of ‘master’ (40years+) members than any other. Coastal rowing has various divisions and championships which our club strives to achieve in each season – Novice, Junior, Senior (open to competitors aged 15+), then Masters which has an age restriction as well as an expected experience level. As we currently have a large Masters squad aiming to maintain their Championship title, we will be looking to recruit members to compete in the other categories available. We plan to let the autumn training start and see over the next month or two if and where gaps appear in squads. So if a squad of novice men all aged 17 and under need additional members we would advertise a course to this age group, likewise if the women’s squad need addition people in their 20’s/30’s we would look to recruit at similar ages, and so on. We have found that although people do not need to be of the same age, people in similar stages of life (student / young professionals / early families / those with older children) seem to be able to committee to similar training schedule’s and therefor committee to training as a squad better.
To put some prospective on why the club is unable to offer open courses at present we have had 107 adults express an interest in wishing to row this year plus almost as many junior enquiries. We hate not being able to offer individuals the opportunity to try the sport, but rowing is a sport restricted by equipment, coaches and water safety. We have a wonderful team of volunteer coaches and a great fleet of boats and the club runs at full capacity year round, so sadly we really do not have the ability to meet the interest expressed in the club at this time.
If there would be an interest in doing a one off day course of 4 hours for £45 experiencing crew rowing, this is something we might look to facilitate over the winter / early spring once the new season is underway, especially during weekdays. If this is something you would like to do please get in touch. If the numbers support the idea we will try and get some taster day courses organised.
If you would like to be removed from our waiting list please let me know and I will delete your information from our files.
Again my apologies,