Women’s Development Programme

British Rowing’s development programme to support female rowers and their coaches.



For rowers, this is a chance to come together with other like-minded people and create a network of support to drive your development, whilst learning what to focus on for you to develop more effectively and take back to your club. We welcome rowers attending with or without a coach.
We encourage women and girls of any ability to attend who are:

    • Part of the J15 to U23 age groups
    • Taller than 174cm
    • Able to achieve a time of 0:52 (1:44 split) or below for a 250m ergo at a maximum rate of 44spm
    • Keen to learn, develop and share experience

For coaches, this will be an opportunity to develop technical knowledge, coaching skills, expand your coaching network and share experience on developing women of all ages in your club. Coaches are welcome to attend with or without a rower but must hold a British Rowing Membership.

Sign up Have now Closed for the 2020-21 Season

Please note due to COVID-19 we have put in place measures to limit numbers for the 2020-21 season. A full statement can be found here. If you have any questions about the programme please contact James Andrews | Head of Performance Talent. If you’d like to speak more about the Women’s Development Programme in your region please find contacts for your Lead Coach above. 

Practical Days:

The programme includes 3 practical days each focusing on a different area of your development:

  • Fundamentals of Power – Learning to move efficiently to perform a more powerful stroke.
  • Strength & Conditioning – Knowing how to correctly and safely increase power output.
  • Small Boat Technical Development – Discovering how to improve coordination and efficiently move a boat.

At each day, rowers and coaches will work with one of our Women’s Development Coaches to learn about how you can work to reach your full potential.


Virtual Sessions:

“The day was extremely informative and very enjoyable. That balance between fun and serious work was very well done.” Northern Attendee 2019

Each practical day is linked to virtual sessions for both Rowers & Coaches:

  • Rowers will have the opportunity to come together virtually to discuss progress, challenges and share experience with the others in your region. At these sessions, you’ll be joined by a member of the GB Rowing Team who will share their expereince of being on the performance pathway.

Meet your region's GB Rower

East Midlands Eastern Hants & Dorset Lower Thames
Melissa Wilson Holly Hill Beccy Muzerie Karen Bennett
North East North West South East South West
Sam Courty Lucy Glover Emily Craig Chloe Brew
Upper Thames West Midlands Yorkshire
Sara Parfett Charlotte Hodgkins-Byrne Georgie Brayshaw
East Midlands
Hants & Dorset
Lower Thames
North East
North West
South East
South West
Sam Courty
Lucy Glover
Emily Craig
Chloe Brew
Upper Thames
West Midlands
Sara Parfett
Charlotte Hodgkins-Byrne
Georgie Brayshaw


  • Coaches will have the opportunity to attend two virtual sessions around each development day.
    • The first will be a national led webinar prior to each practical day. This will focus on the technical aspects that day will be working on.
    • The second will be after each of the practical days. These will be regionally based and chaired by the Regional Women’s Development Programme Coach. Allowing coaches from one area to discuss the day and share any thoughts or experience.


“I really enjoyed the day, I found it really useful, and a good way to challenge my own capabilities.” South West Attendee 2020

To bring together female rowers from across the country we aim to host a camp for attendees of the Women’s Development Programme. More information about the camp will be available soon.

Numbers for the camp will be limited. To be considered for invitation to the camp the Performance Talent Rower Report must be regularly completed throughout the year.

Performance Talent Rower Report:

All rowers attending will be invited to take part in the Performance Talent Rower Report. The reports produced are designed to give a snapshot of the rower and enable the rower, the coach and us to give the best advice on where to focus your development.


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