What the junior section offers
The youngest juniors we take are 11 years old. They are taught to scull (two oars) in stable boats with floats on the end of the riggers. These floats can be fitted to single and double sculls as well as quads (4 scullers).
Initially we teach them on the safe waters of the marina but as they build their skills, watermanship and confidence we progress onto the river. We always have a rescue / coaching launch in attendance for all junior sessions.
As they progress they will learn how to race using standing starts, short high intensity pieces of around 500m and longer sustained sculling over several kilometres; these latter pieces are typical of winter racing against the clock known as ‘head races’.
When they are ready to race, normally after one or two years, they will join the adults in regattas in and around the West Midland region.
Junior fees for 2015/16 are £110 per year or £45 per term which allows the three payments to be spread over the year. Please note that membership is for the whole year even if paid by the term. The club year starts in September after the AGM. If a member joins part way through a year, the subscription is normally charged pro-rata.
History of the junior section
The junior section in the club suffered a setback several years ago when the lead junior coach and organiser left to join her partner in Australia. The section folded and was restarted in 2014. Since then we have been building up numbers and in July 2016 we have 12 junior members.
How we want to build the section
We have a long waiting list which is not what we want. It is tempting to offer places to more juniors than we currently do but without the necessary resources to cope with the growth it will be fragile and unsustainable resulting in dissatisfied juniors and stressed volunteers.
We therefore need help; but where is this to come from?
We are fortunate in having a small core of coaches who are supported by a number of parents. These parents carry out various tasks ranging from coordinating, safety launch driving and helping get boats on and off the water. But to grow the section we need:
- More experienced or qualified coaches
- More launch drivers
- A welfare adviser who will also manage DBS checks (which used to be known as CRB)
- Fund raising
- Regatta entry coordinator
- Trailer driving
- Support at regatta – safe guarding as well as boat rigging etc.
- Assisting our boat master with boat maintenance.
…and many more jobs that need to be done to make the junior section grow and thrive.
Applying for junior membership
By all means send in an enquiry about junior membership by using the form below but you will note we are asking for details on what you as a parent or guardian are prepared to do and what useful skills you may bring with you.
If learning to become coach is of interest, then British Rowing run courses for ‘Session Coaches’ which do not require much prior knowledge.