Fulham Reach Boat ClubThe Gemini Boat Race Bursary Scheme announced Fulham Reach Boat Club in London as the first beneficiary of an award. Fulham Reach Boat Club received a grant of £25,000 to offer junior membership for 36 young people who meet the qualifying criteria. Fulham Reach Boat Club is a registered charity with a vision of Rowing for All and The Boat Race and Gemini are looking forward to working together over the coming year.
The Gemini Boat Race Bursary announced with first award to Championship Course club
The Boat Race Company and Gemini were delighted to announce The Gemini Boat Race Bursary Bursary Scheme in April 2021. The Boat Race Company and Fulham Reach Boat Club have long standing relationship as the juniors from FRBC are based at Hammersmith Bridge along the world famous Championship Course.
Gemini and The Boat Race Company have ambitions to engage a new generation of potential rowers across a broad range of socio-economic backgrounds and build a bridge between sport and underserved communities. Announcing the award, Cambridge University Boat Club President, Callum Sullivan said,
“It’s inspiring to think that this bursary will provide the opportunity for more people to experience the transformative effects of rowing,”
Participants in the scheme will initially go through FRBC’s Learn to Row programme and attend sessions three times a week. Once this is completed, and for those wishing to progress into racing, they will be offered the chance to train on the water up to five times per week.
“FRBC is proud to be associated with The Gemini Boat Race Bursary Scheme and look forward to working with both Gemini and The Boat Race Company on helping deliver our vision of Rowing for All,” said Steve O’Connor, CEO at FRBC.
To be eligible for junior membership under the scheme, the young people must currently be attending a state school including Alternative Provision, be identified by the school as coming from a deprived background or currently receiving the Pupil Premium, be a Year 9 student or older as from September 2021 and be willing to commit to regular weekly attendance at FRBC.
Find out more about Fulham Reach Boat Club HERE