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Junior Rowing and Sculling

ACRC – An Amateur Rowing Association Go-Row accredited junior coaching centre.  

  • Are you in Year 7 or above?
  • Do you fancy splashing about down on the river?
  • Do you like having FUN?

Rowing could be the sport for you!

Rowing and Sculling are great ways to make new friends, explore riverbanks, eat picnics and generally have a good time!

‘Rowing’ means paddle with one oar (like Sir Steven Redgrave or Helen Glover) and sculling means paddle with two (like Katherine Grainger or Mark Hunter)!  You will start by learning to scull.

kids_in_viruses_medThe club has lots of beginner sculling boats (called viruses, banana boats or lemons depending on who you ask!), which are great for splashing around, getting stuck in the bank or giving someone a free ride – oh yes!  And learning to scull in!

As you get more experienced, you will progress to racing boats.  These are very wobbly – but also go really fast!  The club has lots of junior racing boats – singles (one person) doubles (two), quadruples or quads (four) and also an octuple (eight people - scary!).  Most of these boats were provided by project Oarsome, a Lottery funded scheme to promote rowing in State schools.  The two schools (Wellsway, Keynsham and Oldfield, Bath) involved in the scheme, also own some of the equipment, which was provided by the Lottery funded ‘Awards for All’ scheme.

Racing

The club encourages members to have a go at racing - not for everyone of course - but many people enjoy the challenge.  The junior section is no exception, and we try to find suitable competative opportunities for everyone.

2005_silver_medal_squadOver the past nine years we have had lots of wins and good placings, some of them at National level and in the past seven years at International level – which has involved racing in France, Portugal, Ireland, Greece, Wales, Italy and Scotland! 

We also have a large group of recreational (non competing) scullers who also have a lot of fun!

Joining

As the junior section of the club is quite large, we now operate a waiting list for juniors who'd like to have a go.  Those on the list are usually started off together at Easter.  Remember that you will be expected to swim 100m fully clothed (in a swimming pool) when you join so it might be an idea to brush up your swimming skills while you are waiting to start. 

Club Juniors 2005If you’d like to be added to the list, then contact the Junior Organiser, Penny Senior for more information.  She will need you name, date of birth and a contact email (if possible or phone number if not).

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Maidenhead  2005 cropped_1Training Times

The Junior squad meets at the following times:

All year round:

  • Saturday 9.00am
  • Sunday 10.00am

Summer only

  • Tuesday 6.00pm
  • Thursday 6.00pm
  • Friday 3.30pm (Wellsway and Oldfield Schools only)

Winter only

  • Tuesday 6:15pm, junior circuit training 
  • Thursday from 6:00pm, junior ergo (rowing machine) sessions 

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Coaching, Good Practice and Child Protection

Octuple_afloatThe club has several qualified coaches and uses the Amateur Rowing Association’s coaching schemes and ‘Go-row’ methodology.  ACRC is a Sport England ‘Clubmark’ club and has achieved bronze in the Bath and North East Somerset Council club quest accreditation scheme.

The club has a child protection policy and encouraged good practice.  It is also registered with the local constabulary ‘Child Safe’ scheme.

There is a list of Junior rules and codes of conduct (for coaches, officials, volunteers and parents) available on the club notice board.

All youngsters are expected to complete a swim test (100m, fully clothed) and are encouraged to complete their water safety certificate (which involved deliberately capsizing a boat and learning what to do in that situation – all in the safe environment of a swimming pool).  The club has buoyancy aids for those that have not yet completed the test.

Notable achievements

2000

Gold

 

‘Go-Row’ Super sprint event at Dorney Lake, Eton.

     

2001

   

Bronze

WJ15 2X

National Schools Regatta

Gold

WJ15 4X+

Junior Inter-regional Championships (Composite)

Gold

WJ15 2X

National Championships

Silver

WJ15 4X+

National Championships

     

2002

   

Silver

WJ16 2X

National Schools Regatta

6th

J14 2X

National Championships

Bronze

WJ 1X

National Championships

Bronze

W 4X

National Championships

Gold

WJ 1X

Great Britain v France J16 match, Nantes

Bronze

WJ 4X

Coupe de la Jeunesse (composite rep GB), Portugal

     

2003

   

4th

J14 4X+

Junior Inter-regional Championships

6th

WJ16 4X

Junior Inter-regional Championships (composite)

5th

WJ 4X

National Schools Regatta

Silver

WJ 2X

National Schools Regatta

4th

J14 2X

National Championships

Gold

WJ 2X

National Championships (composite)

Gold

W 2X

National Championships (composite)

Gold

WJ 2X

Home Countries (composite rep England), Cork

Gold

WJ 4X

Home Countries (composite rep England), Cork

6th

WJ 2X

World Junior Championships (composite rep GB), Athens




2004

Gold WJ 2X National Schools Regatta
Gold WJ 2X Henley Womens' Regatta
Gold WJ 2X National Championships
2nd
WJ 2X Home Countries (rep England), Nottingham
4th
WJ 4X
Home Countries (rep England), Nottingham



2005

Silver J16 4X- National Championships
? J 4X- Home Countries (composite, rep Wales), Wales



2006

Bronze WJ16 2X National Championships
4th WJ 2X Home Countries (composite, rep Wales), Scotland
? J 4X Home Countries (composite, rep Wales), Scotland
2007
4th WJ16 4X National Sculling head
Bronze WJ16 2X Junior Inter-regional Regatta
4th WJ16 2X National Schools Regatta
4th WJ16 2X National Champioships
2nd WJ 4X Home Countries (composite, rep Wales), Cork, Ireland
Gold J 4+ Coupe de la Jeunesse (composite, rep GB), Varese, Italy
Silver J 4+ Coupe de la Jeunesse (composite, rep GB), Varese, Italy
2008
Bronze WJ4+ National Championships (composite)
Bronze WJ8o National Championships (composite)
3rd WJ2X Home Countries (composite, rep Wales), Cardiff
3rd WJ4+ Home Countries (composite, rep Wales), Cardiff

Key

W = women’s
J14 = year 9, J15 – year 10, J16 – year 11, J – sixth form
1X – single scull, 2X – double scull, 4X – quadruple scull

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