Walton Rowing Club has over 100 junior members, boys and girls from beginners to national champions and GB representatives. The junior programme is committed to teaching the rewards of rowing and what it means to be a part of a crew. Rowing is one of the best sports for building endurance, co-ordination and all-round physical conditioning. Our rowers come from all over Surrey and enjoy great team camaraderie in addition to dedication, hard work, and the thrill of making a boat move or making a crew “click”.
At the top levels, rowing is physically and mentally very demanding, and Walton has many junior athletes who do achieve the highest standards of personal and athletic excellence. But for younger participants it is important to develop watermanship skills and enjoyment in a relaxed and safe environment, and this is what we aim for.
All of our coaches are volunteers and have appropriate coaching qualifications; we try to maintain low ratios of junior rowers to coaches, particularly in the early stages, and incorporate safety and capsize drills at appropriate points. We do not over-stretch young people, but we are a successful racing club and do encourage juniors to race as soon as they are able.
We require all beginners to attend one of our courses, which are normally run in the Easter and summer holidays; that way they learn the basics and are able to join in crews; they then start with a group of their own standard. Attendees on our beginners’ courses must have reached their twelfth birthday and should normally be at least 150cm tall; most juniors start at between twelve and fourteen years old although we also run courses for “young adults” aged from 15 upwards. Our courses are intended for those who want to join the club and row with Walton afterwards – they are not “holiday activities”. We run a waiting-list for our courses (which are usually over-subscribed) and so it is good to contact us early if you are interested by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Following the course, junior beginners will usually start on a Saturday or Sunday morning (one morning a week initially), but can then move on to more sessions, including evenings in the summer. In addition we offer indoor rowing and supervised circuit-training.
Contact email@example.com to arrange a time to visit or for more information about our junior programme. Please include the name and age of the junior in the email.