Sport in the community

Funding level: Up to £1,000


We are seeking funding to encourage more people in Norwich and the surrounding areas to take part in community sport and improve their fitness levels. Our club already has a diverse membership spanning age, gender and ability and we would like to see this grow. Our aim is to reach out, through community events in Norwich and the surrounding villages, to encourage more people to take up rowing. The fitness benefits of rowing are obvious but we are also a social club which has built up a strong sense of community through the volunteers who run our club.

Building on the legacy of the recent Olympics, and using our community outreach events to raise awareness we will run a series of Taster Sessions and Learn to Row courses over the next year to increase the number of young people and adults who are participating in sports within the community. Our trained volunteers will run these sessions which will be available to local residents of any age.

The diversity of our membership is an important factor in the community we have created at Norwich Rowing Club. Our youngest junior members is 12, while our oldest active rower is 75! We also have social members of all ages who continue to support the club by coaching, organising local races such as the annual fancy dress Carrow Cup and popping in for a cup of tea on a Saturday morning! Our project will see anyone taking part in our Learn to Row courses getting the benefits of these volunteers.

Norwich Rowing Club has a exuberant junior membership seeing young people from 12-18 training and racing along the River Yare. We would like to see more young people across Norwich improving their fitness and team work skills by joining our club. Our volunteers help to ensure that young people continue on in sport, build on these friendships and gain important transferable skills.

Our adult volunteers are another part of what makes the club so special. Both our ladies and men's squads dedicate a huge amount of time to maintaining our club, training and coaching each other and organising the day to day running of the club. Rowing is often a team sport, and our Let's be Oarsome project will build on this team spirit to ensure that there are no barriers to learning to row. We already have members with visual or physical impairments so there really are no limits to taking part, improvement fitness and enjoying time on the beautiful River Yare.

Our objective for this project is to get more people out on the water. Run entirely by volunteers, we do as much fund raising as possible through organising races and selling cakes to feed our hungry rowers but our resources are limited. This project will really help us to create a club that's really embedded in our local community with members of all ages and genders enjoying time together. We hope you will come and join us!

Norwich Rowing Club

Moment of Pride

What makes us proud is the time our members put in to making our club a community. The club races together, trains together and socialises together. Across the UK barriers to taking part in sport are coming down, and our club reflects that in Norwich. We are very proud of the diversity in our club.

Location: Whitlingham Lane, Thorpe Saint Andrew, Norwich, United Kingdom