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Learn to row - junior (12-18 yrs)
Rowed before?

If you have rowed before, then you may be able to slot in straight in to one of our junior squad groups. Get in touch using the form below, but make clear you are not asking about learn to row.
Learn to row courses in 2017
We usually run two courses in the school summer holidays, with about 16 trainees in each. Each course lasts for four (possibly five) sessions, either morning or afternoon each day.

We are currently planning exact dates and times. You can have a look at the information for participanrts we issued last year for guidance as to what is involved.

If interested in learning to row in summer 2017, fill in the form below and we'll notify you when we have plans firmed up.

Contact us
Contact us using the form below if you wish to register interest or have any questions.
Minimum age
Please note that for summer courses we have a minimum age of 12 (as on the immediately following 1 September). 
This page last updated 07-03-17.

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Archive - course info from 2016 - should be similar in 2017

General information for those coming on courses

The detail may vary a little from course to course

We are located at Newburn, west of Newcastle. This is on the north side of the river. From Newcastle, head for Newburn Bridge, but turn sharp right just before the bridge, go past the Boat House PH, then another sharp right and up and left into our car park. A map is at
Course personnel and equipment
Each course will be run by at least two adult club coaches. Unless stated otherwise, they will have Level 2 coaching qualifications. They will have current DBS checks. The club holds full insurance. Some of our older established junior club rowers (and their parents) will assist with the running of the course under the supervision of the coaches.
The equipment we will use will include stable training boats and oars funded by British Rowing under the Explore Rowing initiative. Some other equipment will also be used. All water outings will have at least one motorised launch in attendance. Although rowers do not generally wear life-jackets, the trainees on the course will wear them when on the water.
If you could have a good but not too heavy meal at home before the session, that would be good. We will provide water or squash. Please bring a water bottle every day.
What to wear and advice on valuables
We may not be on the water the first day, but please bring every day (a) clothing and trainers suitable for reasonably strenuous exercise on land, i.e. on the rowing machines, stretching etc and (b) both trainers and wellies (or sandals or shoes you don’t mind getting them wet) every day. No clothing or footwear should be expensive fashion items - they could get wet or dirty or lost.
The general advice for rowing is that clothing should be light, relatively close fitting but flexible. Even though this is the summer, warm and waterproof layers are also advisable in your kit bag. And no hoodies or other upper garments with unzipped side pockets - thumbs get caught! Always bring a complete change of clothes
Trainees may bring mobile phones to the club, as these are useful should rowers need to contact parents. Under no circumstances should they be taken out of the clubhouse during training, especially when on the water. Coaches will offer to lock up valuables including phones at the start of sessions. But try not to bring valuables!
What happens after the course?
At the end of the course we will discuss with trainees and parents the opportunities for carrying on rowing with the club as part of the Junior Squad.
Junior subs for 2017 are £14.50 per month for those under 14 on the preceding 1 September and £24.00 per month for those 14 and over on the preceding 1 September. We have discretion to vary these - if you would find it difficult to meet them, please discuss this with us. 
There will be a swim test and capsize drill on an afternoon of a Sunday in September, probably at the Outer West Pool, West Denton, usually about 1.00pm. This is a requirement for those wishing to carry on rowing with us. There may be a small charge for this.
Contact details:
Cath Williams (Junior L2R Coordinator) Email: Mob: 07947 279780
Alex Leigh (Lead Junior Coach) Email: Mob: 07871 351053
Club Website: Postcode: NE15 8NL. No landline phone.
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