British Rowing Coaching Week

Take a look at what happened during Coaching Week 2023 (16-24th September). Check back for next year’s Coaching Week date, coming soon!

Coaches on bikes

Thank you to everyone who helped to make Coaching Week 2023 a success!

South Coast Rowing Championships

Coaching Week began with the Championships in Folkestone.

Find out more about this expanding part of the sport.

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Coastal single with coach and rowers

Saturday 16 September 2023

Regional Coach Cafés

We to launched our new Coach Café initiative, aimed at creating stronger local networks for the coaching community.

The cafés were well received by the coaches who attended. Click below if you would like to host a café in your region.

How to host your café

Coach and rowers in club house having an informal chat

Sunday 17th September 2023

Safeguarding Q&A

Four young female athletes during a breakSafeguarding is a core foundation of good coaching practice, and British Rowing is committed to the ongoing development and provision of policies, best practice guidance and central support towards Safeguarding Children, Young People and Adults with care and support needs.

This is your opportunity to hear from the safeguarding team, who presented their responses in an online discussion.

Watch here

Measuring coaching success: Beyond wins and losses

coach with double scullIn a world where success is often is portrayed as a simple statistic, wins and losses, it is hard to sometimes see the broader view. Katie Sparks, Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology at Staffordshire University, explores how to do that in this new British Rowing Plus article commissioned specially for Coaching Week.

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Monday 18th September 2023

Redefining Success Webinar

Coaching Week Keynote

Cath Bishop

Watch the recording here

Olympian and author Cath Bishop hosted a panel discussion with Advanced coaches Richard Chambers (below left, Leander Club), Hannah Vines (below centre, Dorney Boat Club) and Tristan Mayglothling (below right, Dulwich College) and discussed what success means to them across a range of coaching environments.

“If we only value outcomes, then we are bereft if we don’t achieve those” – Cath Bishop

Read our interview with Cath following publication of her book The Long Win.

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Tuesday 19th September 2023

Strength and Conditioning Workshop

Focussing on the foundations of the GB Rowing Team S&C philosophy, supporting performance through planning and programming. For future development opportunities in this area, please click below.

More information

A rower in the gym doing strength training with the help of a coach

Wednesday 20th September 2023

Indoor Rowing: Go Row Indoor Virtual Workshop

Group of eight people on indoor rowing machinesOur Go Row Indoor Master Trainers delivered a 3 hour Go Row Indoor workshop.

Find out more about Indoor Rowing workshops below.

Indoor Rowing workshops

Using goals to help athletes recognise their success

Coach and athleteCoaches Hannah Vines, Matt Mole and Kate O’Sullivan talk to British Rowing Learning, Education and Development Manager Rachel Hooper about the process and importance of goal setting in supporting rowers and coxes to recognise success at every stage of their development.

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Thank You Thursday!

We celebrated coaches at every level, including those who have contributed to the development of all of our GB Rowing athletes this season.

Coach names

Thursday 21st September

Coach Development Opportunities

An overview of exciting additions to the way British Rowing offers support to coaches to reach their goals.

Find out more

Coaches jumping


Saturday 23rd September 2023

Coxing Webinar for Coaches

Delivered by current and former GB Coxes from @thewinningcox: Zoe DeToledo, Matilda Horn, Morgan Baynham -Williams, Sasha Adwani and Autumn Mantell, who between them have one Olympic medal, over 20 senior international medals, 13 U23/Junior medals, five HRR medals, 10 HWR medals and two Boat Race medals, plus 75 years of combined coxing experience between them!

This webinar addressed how coaches can support coxes to define their own success.

Watch here

Cox giving calls during a race


Sunday 24th September 2023

Beyond Coaching Week

We want to celebrate and support coaches every day, and already have plans in place to run some exciting development opportunities including:

  • A junior coaching conference
  • Inclusive coaching content
  • Face-to-face workshops with a high performance coach
  • Coach of the Year Awards

British Rowing Coaching Week content from previous years

Coaching Week 2022

University Rowing Development Day
Building a successful programme

Developing high performing novices

Indoor Rowing: What are the opportunities?

Fundamentals of power

Coastal Rowing: What is it?

Club Management

Changing Young Lives Through Coaching

Good coaches can do so much more than help to make boats move faster! We’ve seen how much young people can develop their life skills through taking part in rowing but we now have strong academic findings to support this, just one year into a study of a Youth Rowing Programme. Trainee Sport and Exercise Psychologist, Scott Whitfield, will discuss the findings, and in particular just how important the role of the coach is in helping young people recognise how they are developing their life skills through rowing. This knowledge can be used to inform your own rowing sessions and coaching practices moving forward. There will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions throughout the session.

Speaker: Scott Whitfield Trainee Sport and Exercise Psychologist

iRowClean for Coaches

We invite coaches to join this free 1 hour webinar which will provide you with an opportunity to understand your anti-doping roles and responsibilities and how to advise your rowers. There will be opportunities to ask questions throughout the session.

Presenter: British Rowing Anti-Doping and Integrity Manager, Jacqui Traynor and Dan Cooper U19 Programme Manager and UKAD Clean Sport Educator

High Quality Land Training: Developing Athletic Rowers

The British Rowing High Quality Land Training Workshop provides coaches with the tools to make rowers’ land training as effective as possible, reducing the risk of injury and improving the potential for performance on the water. It covers the key principles of good movement and conditioning for rowers and how to apply them, directly relating these areas of development in the gym to performance on the water.

To find our more about this workshop, visit the High Quality Land Training page.

University & Club Coaching Assistant

The University Coaching Assistant provides more entry levels for you to get involved in supporting rowing activities at your university clubs. The University Coaching Assistant training came about as a result of university rowing clubs identifying that despite a lot of people delivering activity in university clubs, there needed to be a more effective way of succession planning between year groups to ensure that there were enough students with some training in delivering activity year on year.

To find our more about this workshop, visit the University Coaching Assistant page.

The Club Coaching Assistant provides an entry level for you to get involved in supporting rowing activities at your club. The Club Coaching Assistant training enables people to get involved in coaching and provides an entry onto the formal British Rowing Coach Education pathway. By providing more ways to get involved, the aim is to create a welcoming environment for newcomers and encourage them to participate for longer and to see rowing as a lifelong sport.

To find our more about this workshop, visit the Club Coaching Assistant page.

iRowClean Supplements and Medications

We invite rowers, coaches, volunteers, parents or carers to join this free 45 minute webinar for a deeper discussion about supplements and medications in sport, which will provide you with a better opportunity to understand your anti-doping roles and responsibilities. There will be opportunities to ask questions throughout the session.

Presenter: British Rowing Anti-Doping and Integrity Manager, Jacqui Traynor 

Guest: Jacob Dawson GB Rowing Team Senior Athlete

British Rowing Technique

We are delighted to be joined by Olympic Gold Medal winning coach Robin Williams who will share his expertise in discussing the fundamentals of coaching British Rowing Technique. Robin is highly skilled in making his workshops relevant to all coaches, regardless of whether you’re working with performance athletes or complete beginners.

Speaker: Robin Williams MBE and Tom Pattichis, Olympic Pathway Manager

Level 3 Senior Club Coach Certificate

The course will ensure you can safely implement a training programme appropriate to the participants that you coach, who may vary in their goals, ages, and abilities.

For more information, visit the Senior Club Coach page.

Performance Coach Development Programme

A unique learning opportunity for coaches to be mentored and supported in fulfilling their potential as performance coaches.

Check out the Performance Coach Development Programme page for more information.