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 circumstance and help them realise their full potential both on and off the water.
Specifically we work to:
- Help reduce the reoffending rate of serving prisoners through access to indoor and outdoor rowing clubs.
- Give 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.
- Deliver access to the river for the local community with our fun, friendly and flexible club environment.
- Tackle ‘Holiday Hunger’ during the summer 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
As an example of the impact that FRBC can achieve, we were able to achieve the following results betwen September 2019 and March 2020 in schools before the Coronavirus lockdown took effect.
- 1,000 Participants
- 10 Schools
- 61% Female participation
- 53% Black, Asian or Minority Ethnicity participation
- 91% Enjoyed the rowing course
- 78% Feel more confident on the water
- 81% Have improved team working skills
- 67% Would love to continue rowing
Unlocking potential: The proof...
“We really appreciate your support for our mish-mash of students and if you had heard Sonny talking about the race it would have been a lovely moment for you! He enjoyed it so much and was talking me through every part of the morning. I can’t begin to tell you what a difference the rowing is having on his behaviour at school, his discipline, time keeping etc.”
Beth Cutting, Teacher in charge of rowing at Hammersmith Academy
“My heart was pumping; my legs were shaking. It’s like your mind slows down and you’re just taking in everything. I never really found a sport I could do properly. I could play basketball but not too great, I couldn’t play football at all and the other sports didn’t really do it for me. When I found rowing I just really enjoyed it. In training they will push you, they will push you to your limits and when you think you can’t go anymore, you go more! After that first training session it’s like it forced an old gate open to new potential. Rowing gives you a huge character boost, it gives you a huge confidence boost. Things that may have seemed to be a big problem didn’t seem to be much of a problem anymore. There’s not many people that have this skill, especially kids in London and I think kids in London should be taught to row. It would be very beneficial for them and I’m glad I learnt to row because it’s been very beneficial for me.” – By: Christian Yr12 – Burlington Danes Academy
“The first time I went rowing I was very nervous and I ended up asking to get out of the rowing boat because I was scared of deep water. However the following week I was about to quit due to my fear but as I passed where the rowing takes place I realised that this was an opportunity I couldn’t let go of. So I decided that I was going to go and try again, my teachers and peers motivated me to do so. Once I was on the rowing boat my fear was overruled and we began to row through the Thames. I was slightly wary at first and the leader of the boat told me to stay in the safety position though out the rest of the session. As I began to watch my peers row I was intrigued and asked if I could row. As soon as I started rowing it was like second nature I adapted to the technique very quickly and did not want the session to end. Now I can not wait for the following weeks as it was so exciting and fun. So this goes to show you should always persevere though challenges and never give up.” By: Bonnie 9H – Fulham Cross Girls School
'When my son started secondary school he hated all sport and dreaded sports afternoons so much!!! The Headmaster said to my son that however long it takes they WILL find a sport that my son would enjoy. I was hopeful! Well Year 7 passed and he didn't enjoy any of the sports, same in Year 8!! In Year 9 he was introduced to Rowing at Fulham Reach Boat Club and from then on it was like a 'duck to water'!!!! At last he had found a sport which he really enjoys. The school were right - a sport had at last been found!! I was actually surprised at how much he enjoyed it. It wasn't easy at first, obviously never having rowed before it was tough. The stamina, strength and timing were an issue at the beginning, but as time has gone on he has shown good improvement and in turn experienced taking part in the trials and got to represent The London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham in the London Youth Games Regatta this year in the mixed quad race. He still has a lot to learn, but the experience was fantastic and gave him a real taste of competitive rowing and encouragement to continue. My son would now like to take the next step and join one of the rowing groups at Fulham Reach Boat Club which run some days after school and some weekends. It is wonderful for me as a parent to see him happy doing a sport he really likes and to actually look forward to going to rowing and not dreading it!! The fact he wants to join a group is proof to me that he is serious about improving his rowing. He enjoys working together with his friends as part of a team and the freedom of being outside on the water (even in the winter!!!!) and of course the physical exercise, which in turn develops the muscles, the strength and stamina. The location is fab too! By Ricardo’s mum – Yr 9, Fulham Boys School