London Youth Rowing

The Gemini Boat Race Bursary Scheme was delighted to announce the second grant of £25,000 to be awarded to London Youth Rowing. This grant will enable the organisation to expand its Active Rowing programme outside London to the cities of Wakefield and Bradford.  LYR was founded to enable young people across London to have access to an otherwise traditionally niche sport and in turn help the rowing community become a more diverse, more inclusive environment. The Boat Race Company and Gemini are looking forward to working with LYR in Wakefield and beyond.

The Gemini Boat Race Bursary makes 2nd Grant

The Boat Race Company and Gemini were delighted to announce The Gemini Boat Race Bursary Bursary Scheme in April 2021.  The second Gemini Boat Race Bursary will be used to support the scaling up of the Active Row Leeds programme, the first main expansion outside London for London Youth Rowing.  This will allow the programme to be offered to schools in Wakefield and Bradford, supported by the LYR coach based in Leeds.

The energetic and professional LYR coaching team will be supported by RowLeeds plus volunteers from local universities.   Training provided to teachers will ensure the programme can be delivered sustainably. The rowing machines will be available for use in promoting grassroots rowing.

Tim Senior, Chair of The Boat Race Company said:  “One of our strategic goals is to help shape a better shared future, using the history and heritage of the Boat Race to support a more inclusive and representative future in rowing.  Supporting beneficiaries such as LYR  will help a broader group of young people gain vital sporting experiences and learn new skills to transfer into everyday life.”

The Gemini Boat Race Bursary award aims to purchase sufficient rowing machines to enrol an additional 10 Target schools,  engaging with a minimum of 25 young people per year (250 participants minimum). The programme will be offered to a diverse audience including those with special educational needs or a disability.

Matt Rostron, CEO, London Youth Rowing said: “After an incredible announcement that LYR will be branching outside of London for the first time, to Leeds, and now to be following up with this news is not only very exciting but a sign of the positive commitment to purpose-led social impact through sport, from organisations such as Gemini and The Boat Race.   This very generous funding will enable us to expand on our Active Row Leeds programme which will now not only deliver coaching and investment but can purchase equipment to make rowing accessible for so many young people.  Whilst this specific funding will be used to purchase equipment such as rowing machines and  to hire a part-time coach, we will also be able to introduce these young people to potential on-water venues and activities and work with them to further their development and access to sport, and the benefits.”

The scaled-up programme will increase impact of the Active Row Leeds programme by engaging more schools and young people and proving the experience for participants by being part of a bigger project leading to bigger and even more fun within the local competition events.


Find out more about London Youth Rowing HERE