Despite the limited water Leicester Rowing Club has established a thriving Recreational rowing squad. This membership is tailored for those who enjoy rowing but can’t spare the time for training to race. The group is mixed ability from Novice to experienced rowers.
The group regularly trains at Leicester, and visits other clubs in the Region to row longer stretches, meet up with other groups and to train for the longer distance events. Crews take part in British Rowing recreational events such as the Good Friday Row from Nottingham to Newark and the Great Tyne Row – and even this year the first British Rowing European tour in Amsterdam!
Joining the LRC Recreational Squad
LRC has a specific rate for recreational rowing at the discretion of the Committee. It is great value at half rate, but members are limited to two sessions per week including use of the clubhouse for indoor training.
If you have never rowed before, you will need to attend an Open Day and follow on Learn to Row course before joining this group. These may be held at Leicester or at other clubs in the Region. There are no special courses for this group, you learn on a course with other beginners and then work out which of our squads at Leicester most suits your needs to enjoy rowing.
The Recreational Squad mainly use ‘Explore’ boats which are more stable than the ‘fine’ boats used for river rowing. LRC has two Explore 4’s, two doubles and two singles. The singles can be adapted for Rowability sessions which aims to remove barriers to participation in rowing for anyone who has a physical, sensory or learning impairment.
Previous Rowing experience?
If you have rowed before, no matter how long ago, please Contact Us and we will let you know a suitable session to come to the club for a try out session. We can only offer this to people who have rowing experience and it is not available for complete beginners.
The Recreational Squad regularly visit other rowing clubs in and out of the region. This helps relieve congestion on the water at Leicester, and gives members experience of rowing longer stretches of water either with their Leicester colleagues or rowers from other clubs. Lincoln is a favourite visit, and the clubs have made up composite crews for events and shared trailers and boats to make the most of events around the country. Visits to Nottingham are always popular, and rowing on the Trent is a pleasure any time of the year.
Please note: Members must hold at least Silver Membership for British Rowing to row at other clubs. Only full members of Leicester Rowing Club can take part in British Rowing regattas, head races and other events, and must also be a Gold Member of British Rowing.
To be notified of our next Open Day and Learn to Row sessions please Contact Us to be added to our waiting list.