The vision for our charity is a simple one, Rowing for All. We want to give access to rowing to a cross-section of our community, especially those who are most in need because of financial hardship or social circumstances and help them realise their full potential both on and off the water.
We have four key projects to deliver Rowing for All:
- Boats not Bars - Helping reduce the reoffending rate of serving prisoners through access to indoor and outdoor rowing clubs.
- State School Rowing - Giving every pupil in our participating state schools the opportunity to learn to row and compete whilst teaching them the true meaning of teamwork, focus and confidence.
- Membership of FRBC - Delivering access to the river for the local community with our fun, friendly and flexible club environment.
- Free Water Sports Weeks - Providing free-to-attend courses during the summer and Easter break for those children most in need.
The foundation to the success of FRBC can be distilled down to five key ways of working:
- Financially Sustainable
- Demonstratable Impact
- Effective Governance
- Robust policies and processes
The Impact of Rowing for All
You can read our full 2022 Impact Report here.
We are thrilled to have been able to deliver the below highlights:
State School Rowing
- Over 1,000 young people on the water
- 93% loved being on the water
- 88% learnt to work as a team
- 76% want to continue rowing
- "Rowing was the most fun experience I had doing exercise."
Boats Not Bars
- 70 sessions delivered to 90 participants across three prisons
- 100% observed improvement in motivation and focus
- “I’ve been here two years, and this is the most worthwhile thing that I’ve done."
Free Water Sports Weeks
- 4 weeks of free, safe and active holiday courses with 3 meals a day provided for all
- 100 participants over four weeks
- "As a mother I was so happy I could send my children somewhere that they can't get involved with the wrong people and be safe with your wonderful coaches!"
Junior Bursary Memberships - Funded by the Gemini Boat Race Bursary
- The Bursary scheme enables young people to become a member of the club who wouldn't normally have the financial resource to do so
- 31 Bursaries awarded
- 9 members competed in national races
- "Rowing to me is like a gateway to peace. My safe place from all my worries and stress. I am able to switch off from the outside world, be present with nature, and appreciate my surroundings."