British Rowing statement
In the summer of 2020 various complaints about the governance and administration of Chester le Street Amateur Rowing Club (CLSARC) were received by British Rowing. An investigation panel was established by the Board to carry out a broad-based investigation into the governance and other issues that had arisen at the club with particular reference to complaints made by current or former club members received on or before 31 October 2020.
The investigation panel reported to the Board in November 2021 and made a number of recommendations including to disaffiliate the club from British Rowing, but such disaffiliation to be suspended until 30 April 2022 in order to allow the club time to take action to meet the recommendations.
At its meeting of 23 May 2022 the Board reviewed the club’s progress towards meeting the recommendations of the investigation panel and other conditions set by British Rowing. It decided that due to the progress made by the deadline not to disaffiliate the club from British Rowing.
However, in order to allow the changes made to become established, and to enable further matters to be resolved, the Board required the club to provide regular updates for a further period of 12 months. British Rowing will continue to liaise with CLSARC to monitor the progress made and to report progress to the Board.