British Rowing is working closely with AOC (Association of Colleges) to raise the profile of indoor rowing through the Go Row Indoor programme


There are three key areas in which British’s Rowing Go Row Indoor programme is currently supporting the college sector:

Go Row Indoor Workshop training for colleges

Go Row Indoor offers college fitness professional training providers a CIMPSA accredited workshop that will teach college student instructors how to deliver a world class indoor rowing offer simply and effectively.

The workshop is highly recommended for entrants into the World Skills Fitness Instructor Competition, in which indoor rowing is a key discipline. Workshops are delivered by a fully trained British Rowing Master Trainer and can be tailored to your college needs, taking account of class timetables, venue, and class size and equipment availability.

We also offer a Go Row Indoor online workshop as well as virtual versions of the above training.

For more information about what is available for colleges, download the Go Row Indoor college offer here.

WorldSkills UK Fitness Trainer Competition

The WorldSkills UK Fitness Trainer Competition is the only WorldSkills UK competition – of a suite of more than 55 competitions – in the active leisure industry, and the only skills competition for students in the UK working towards qualifications in the fitness industry, regardless of where and with which institution they study. The competition challenges aspiring fitness professionals’ skills on industry-driven criteria – developed by a professional technical experts group under the direction of Head Judge Karen Stanton – and allowing them to demonstrate that they have more to give to prospective employers than just their qualification. Indoor Rowing is one of the key judged disciplines of the competition linked to Go Row Indoor Fitness Instructor training.

Every year British Rowing works closely with the event organisers to help develop new heat and finalist tasks, the indoor rowing judging criteria, and providing training opportunities, support and advice for student competitors taking part in the competition.  If your college is entering this year and would like some advice around the indoor rowing elements of the event, please email for more information.

Go Row Indoor College Challenges

AoC Sport has launched an exciting new Virtual Rowing Challenge, alongside British Rowing, as part of the AoC Sport Introducing initiative.

It is open to any college, staff and students to sign up for FREE and give it a go from 1 October 2021 to 31 July 2022.

The Virtual Rowing challenge aims to encourage students of any ability to engage in physical activity, whilst also offering an opportunity to represent their college. Staff and students can compete against one another, or represent their college in the following categories:

  • Student 500m Challenge
  • 4,989km Row The Atlantic Team Challenge

Progress can be monitored on a tracking map and the more distance submitted, the further you go on the map. Participants will be able to track their progress on bespoke leader boards and will be provided with a unique URL to input their attempts. Sign up to one or both of the challenges today.

Student 500 Metre Challenge

Row the Atlantic Team Challenge

You can view all the above information, links and resources about Indoor Rowing on the AoC Sport Introducing Initiative dedicated page here.

If would like to ask a question or find out more about how your college can get involved, please email

Why Go Row Indoor?

There are many great reasons to Go Row Indoor

Anyone can do it, it is great for core strength, efficient for fat burning and easy to learn and access.

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