Did you know there are now 1,000 satellite sports clubs across the country helping 11 to 25-year-olds to play sport, including rowing? Research shows that many youngsters stop playing sport when they leave school, so satellite clubs – often existing community sports clubs – offer an easy transition to keep people enjoying sport. More at www.sportengland.org/our-work/ children-and-young-people/satellite-clubs and www.londonyouthrowing.com/row-east-london
The Olympic legacy is alive at Bedford with more and more juniors enjoying the sport
Something special is happening in Bedford – a junior rowing renaissance, forged by two rowing clubs that have placed a huge emphasis on providing quality opportunities for school-aged rowers...
The 127-year-old Bedford Rowing Club shares a rare short and straight stretch of the River Great Ouse with local rivals Star Club – formed in 1960 by former servicemen from nearby RAF Cardington. As well as enjoying a fierce but friendly rivalry on the water, the two clubs are both making the most of huge opportunities in the area: a market of 10,000 potential rowers at local state schools. Star Club has launched an indoor rowing programme designed to reach out to as many of these potential junior rowers as possible, with ease of access and future opportunities to progress seen as key to the project. “Bedford has a traditional private school rowing base: Bedford School, Bedford Modern School and Bedford Girls’ School with a population of probably 4,000 or so,” explains Star Club’s Ian Rowe. “However we now have eight state schools plus the University of Bedfordshire all involved, and just those schools have a population of approximately 10,000. “We expect to give every single year nine student [13 to 14-year-olds] the chance to get involved via the indoor rowing programme, then those who want to progress can move up to the water-based rowing teams. This will eventually see crews racing as their individual schools through Star Club, and the top athletes combining to compete at the highest level they can. It is a really exciting time for the sport.” On the opposite side of the river, Bedford RC is also reaching out to the town’s enormous school demographic. Strong links have been made with Bedford College and the newly formed Bedford Free School – opening up rowing to schoolchildren who might not otherwise have had the opportunity to try the sport. An Explore Rowing package in 2011 enabled the club to open its doors to a wide range of recreational and novice rowers. The club also plans to take indoor rowing machines to three local special needs schools on a weekly basis, again taking the sport to people who aren’t yet involved. Rich Stock, Head of Insight & Product Development at British Rowing, said: “It’s great to see the efforts of Bedford’s rowers and volunteers really coming to fruition. Bedford RC’s membership has increased significantly, and juniors from both clubs are enjoying increasing success at local regattas and head races. The Olympic legacy is burning brightly.”
Find out more about Star Club’s junior rowing programme at www.fit4fun.org. For the latest news from Bedford RC, visit www.bedfordrowing.co.uk
10 | Rowing & Regatta | November / December 2013
WHAT’S ON YOUR iPOD?
BY SOPHIE ROBERTS
anielle Costa’s varied rowing career began at Ithaca College, USA, before racing with the South Jersey RC at the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta, training with the Oxford Academicals and winning W1 blades with Lincoln College BC, Oxford. She now trains crews in Oxford for Lincoln College BC and Cheney Falcon RC.
‘Gonna Fly Now’ ( Theme from Rocky) – Bill Conti Nothing gets me more excited for a race than throwing my arms up in the air and doing the Rocky-on-the-steps-of-the-art-museum bounce. Rocky is my hero, and not only because I grew up in the ’80s and in the suburbs of Philadelphia, but also because he kind of looks like my dad.
‘Push It’ – Salt-N-Pepa This song really gets me going. It’s got me so, I don’t know what I’m doing. Seriously, the song tells you repeatedly to ‘push it’ which makes it absolutely perfect for erging music. Plus, it’s late-80s hip-hop. Win.
‘The Final Countdown’ – Europe Possibly one of the greatest power ballads ever composed, and I am a great lover of power ballads. It’s brilliant for listening to before the last race of a long series, or for singing in one’s head on the final lap of a long outing, or for including on your erg CD for the last five minutes of a piece.