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SUDBURY ROWING CLUB
LEARN TO ROW PROGRAMME
Sudbury Rowing Club welcomes new members whether you have never rowed before and are seeking a new activity, or have rowed in the past and would like to return to the sport.
We have two routes to club membership and only one essential criteria – that you can swim 50m.
If you are new to the sport then we have a Learn to Row programme which starts with a ‘taster session’ and teaches you the basics of sculling (an oar in each hand) and sweep oar rowing (one oar for both hands) over a period of 6-8 weeks.
The Learn to Row programme costs £100 and you will become a club member for the duration of the course and then continue to pay club membership fees at the current senior rate of £32 per month.
We plan to run the Learn to Row programme on a group basis for adults over the next year and after your taster session you will be allocated a start date along with a number of other participants at a similar level. Juniors (under 18) will be separately invited to programmed courses.
So to get going here is the process:
- Send an email to Learn 2 Row, requesting an application form, or apply using the link below.
- Attend a taster session – you will be invited to come along on a Saturday morning at 10.30.
- Become a club member and attend the Learn to Row programme.
- Attend a capsize drill.
- Join the Development Squad coached sessions.
- Move into a rowing squad and enjoy your new sport.
for a taster session
Learn to Row – Our Approach
You will begin with a ‘taster session’ which lasts about 90 minutes. We’ll explain the basics and show you our boats, boathouse and our other facilities. You will be introduced to the rowing stroke on a rowing machine (we call it an ‘erg’) and you will have a session in a fixed boat (known as a bank tub) to feel what sweep rowing is like and in a stable boat to experience sculling.
Learn to Row Programme
Our course costs £100 and the sessions generally take place on a Saturday morning during the winter and evenings during the summer. This will be explained in greater detail during the taster session.
The programme will be a mix of instructed theory and coached practical on the water and you can progress at your own pace. We aim to organise the programme so you are starting with others new to the sport and likely to be at the same standard as you, so you can develop your skills together.
Once you have completed the course you will move onto paying membership fees at the current rate of £30 per month and you will join our Development Squad benefiting from further coaching. At this point if you are under 18 you will become a member of the Junior Squad. As an adult you can decide if you want to row for fitness and fun as a recreational rower or if you want to go to the next level competing as a novice rower at the various races that the club attends throughout the year.
The main aim of the Junior Squad is to introduce young people to the sport of rowing with a view to future participation in top domestic events including: the main Head races; National Schools; Junior Inter regional; and National Championship regattas. The Junior Squad also acts as a feeder to the senior sections of the club. In this manner the more senior juniors gradually integrate with senior athletes and act as role models for the younger members. The competition junior squad trains three times a week (Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday) and the high performance juniors aim to train six days a week. The novice Junior squad trains on Sunday mornings.
Non competitive recreational rowing is a fun way of getting fit and enjoying the outdoors. Membership of the club and British Rowing gives you access to contact other clubs and arrange to row in different venues. We also have a group who travel to Portugal each summer for four days of varied rowing on an organised event. There are lots of opportunities to row at Sudbury outside of the normal club sessions during the week or evenings in the summer.
In the last twelve months we have attended over 40 events. These have included Regattas during the summer (side by side racing in up to 6 lanes) and Head Races (timed events) during the winter. Venues range from local at Norwich, Bedford, St Neots and Peterborough, further afield at Wallingford, Oxford and the Olympic venue at Eton Dorney. In recent years we entered nearly all of the National Events including the Head of the River races, National Championships, Ladies and Henley Royal Regatta and the World Championships. So simply there is something for everyone from Novice to Elite.
We aim to group people with similar rowing aspirations into crews. As a member of a crew you will train on the water and build your fitness on land. The level at which you can compete will depend on you and your fellow crew members but you will be able to take part in your first races within a few months of taking up the sport.
Our own Regatta, always held on the first Saturday of August, is highly regarded as a gem of a traditional regatta and is always a highlight in our own rowing year.
We warmly welcome anyone with an interest in coxing: whether new to boats or an old hand. Generally, coxes are put with crews that match their abilities and objectives. However, as much as possible, we operate a coxing rotation policy, such that novice coxes gain benefit from experienced crews and novice crews benefit from experienced coxes. Similarly, coxes are welcome to take out men’s and women’s crews depending on their preference.
Social Membership and Volunteers
SRC is very much an active sociable club. We provide opportunities to be with other people, perhaps to provide help and support and to work with others as part of a team. We are always in need of people to help mend boats, provide refreshments, keep the boathouse tidy and shipshape, help crews get on or off the water and even help with coaching.
Like any sport rowing takes time to master and you will gain reward proportional to the time and effort you are prepared to put in.
Welcome to Sudbury and good luck!