JUNIOR

SQUADS

About Our Junior Sqauds

Lea Rowing Club has both recreational and competitive junior rowing squads. Juniors who would like to row recreationally, can join our Junior Club Squad. For juniors who want to row competitively, Lea R.C. has Girls’/Boys’ Performance Squads. There are opportunities for juniors to move between these squads

All new members will enter through Junior Club Squad, unless they are an experienced rower in which case they may join the Junior Performance or Junior High Performance Squads. Each part of the junior structure has been created for the best development of each child. Progression may be different due to commitment and technique consolidation and whether the junior wants to move into a more competitive squad. Children can move in both directions. Each part of the structure has been made to ensure that the junior will receive the best possible attention and the feeling of being at the right place.

Becoming a Rower:
A Lea R.C. Junior Rower’s Story

Becoming a Rower – A Lea R.C. junior rower's story

You can read more stories and news from Lea R.C. Junior Squads on our News & Results page

Junior Club Squad

 

The Junior Club Squad (JCS) at Lea R.C. is for those aged 12 (Year 8) to 18 years old, who would like to row recreationally once a week. Members can also participate in the weekly Junior Club Squad gym session.

 

“It’s a great place to meet friendly people and exercise to feel good about yourself” JCS member

“It’s great because everyone here is very supportive of you, and also the coaches support us in how we row” JCS member

Junior Club Squad FAQs

Is this a squad for girls and boys?


The High Performance Squad is mixed. The girls and boys in the Performance Squads train separately. There is a mixed group for those who want to row recreationally (see Junior Club Squad).




What age can you start to row at Lea R.C.?


Juniors can start rowing with Lea R.C. at 12 years old (Year 8). Most girls and boys begin at 12–14 years old, although some juniors join us when they are older.




What are your achievements?


The Junior Squad has been one of the club’s biggest success stories over the years. We were proud to win sports club of the year at the 12th Annual Hackney Youth Sports Awards, announced in February 2018. Our achievements on the national and international stage are too numerous to mention here. Some highlights are below and more detailed information is on our Hall of Fame web page.

Our international achievements
In 2018, four Lea Junior girls (Rosa Millard, Ella Sharman, Molly Foxell and Laura Ellington) represented Great Britain, winning the annual J16 GB vs France competition in an eight. Two of our junior boys (Jasper den Dulk and Louis Powell) represented England in the double sculls at the Home International Regatta.

Lea R.C. Junior Champions
In 2018, Lea Juniors were crowned British Champions in both WJ18 2- (Elsa Froggatt-Brown, Rachel McDonald) and WJ16 4+ (Rosa Millard, Laura Ellington, Ella Sharman, Molly Foxell, Lyla Downey) categories.

Lea Blues
Former Lea R.C. Junior Maddy Badcott rowed for Oxford twice in the Oxford-Cambridge Boat race, being elected President in her final year. Maddy Badcott also rowed for Great Britain at the Coupe de la Jeunesse.




What is the level of commitment to become a competitive athlete?


  • Rowing is a highly competitive, medium endurance sport and takes place outdoors all year round.
  • Members are expected to commit to regular training in the gym after school in order to develop the correct movement patterns, technique, strength and fitness.
  • Junior training takes place in school term time, though some older groups of athletes continue to train during the school holidays.
  • Racing in junior rowing takes place in year groups and attendance requirements rise as young athletes get older, rising to eight to ten sessions per week for 16–18 year-olds.




Do you offer courses?


We do not offer any courses but but juniors may join our Junior Club Squad, our entry level, at any time throughout the year.




Are the coaches qualified?


The coaches will have at least Level 2 United Kingdom Certificate in Coaching (UKCC) and will have completed a First Aid training course and attended a Safeguarding and Protecting Children workshop. All coaches are DBS checked.

More information about our coaches can be found on our Coaches page.




Are there any other requirements to join?


To join Lea R.C. juniors need to be able to swin at least 100 metres in light clothing.




How much does it cost?


For fees applicable to the current season can be downloaded from Membership & Fees on our Resources & Downloads page




How do I find out more?


If you would like to find out more about rowing with Lea R.C. Juniors, want to come and have a look or would even like to attend a training session to see what it’s like, please ask a parent or guardian to contact Junior Rowing via our Contact page





Junior Performance Squads

 

Lea Rowing Club’s Girls’/Boys’ Performance Squads are our junior competitive squads. They are a great place for children to learn and enjoy rowing and, if they demonstrate sufficient commitment to the sport, to develop into competitive athletes.

 

Junior Performance Squad FAQs

Is this a squad for girls and boys?


The High Performance Squad is mixed. The girls and boys in the Performance Squads train separately. There is a mixed group for those who want to row recreationally (see Junior Club Squad).




What age can you start to row at Lea R.C.?


Juniors can start rowing with Lea R.C. at 12 years old (Year 8). Most girls and boys begin at 12–14 years old, although some juniors join us when they are older.




What are your achievements?


The Junior Squad has been one of the club’s biggest success stories over the years. We were proud to win sports club of the year at the 12th Annual Hackney Youth Sports Awards, announced in February 2018. Our achievements on the national and international stage are too numerous to mention here. Some highlights are below and more detailed information is on our Hall of Fame web page.

Our international achievements
In 2018, four Lea Junior girls (Rosa Millard, Ella Sharman, Molly Foxell and Laura Ellington) represented Great Britain, winning the annual J16 GB vs France competition in an eight. Two of our junior boys (Jasper den Dulk and Louis Powell) represented England in the double sculls at the Home International Regatta.

Lea R.C. Junior Champions
In 2018, Lea Juniors were crowned British Champions in both WJ18 2- (Elsa Froggatt-Brown, Rachel McDonald) and WJ16 4+ (Rosa Millard, Laura Ellington, Ella Sharman, Molly Foxell, Lyla Downey) categories.

Lea Blues
Former Lea R.C. Junior Maddy Badcott rowed for Oxford twice in the Oxford-Cambridge Boat race, being elected President in her final year. Maddy Badcott also rowed for Great Britain at the Coupe de la Jeunesse.




What is the level of commitment to become a competitive athlete?


  • Rowing is a highly competitive, medium endurance sport and takes place outdoors all year round.
  • Members are expected to commit to regular training in the gym after school in order to develop the correct movement patterns, technique, strength and fitness.
  • Junior training takes place in school term time, though some older groups of athletes continue to train during the school holidays.
  • Racing in junior rowing takes place in year groups and attendance requirements rise as young athletes get older, rising to eight to ten sessions per week for 16–18 year-olds.




Do you offer courses?


We do not offer any courses but but juniors may join our Junior Club Squad, our entry level, at any time throughout the year.




Are the coaches qualified?


The coaches will have at least Level 2 United Kingdom Certificate in Coaching (UKCC) and will have completed a First Aid training course and attended a Safeguarding and Protecting Children workshop. All coaches are DBS checked.

More information about our coaches can be found on our Coaches page.




Are there any other requirements to join?


To join Lea R.C. juniors need to be able to swin at least 100 metres in light clothing.




How much does it cost?


For fees applicable to the current season can be downloaded from Membership & Fees on our Resources & Downloads page




How do I find out more?


If you would like to find out more about rowing with Lea R.C. Juniors, want to come and have a look or would even like to attend a training session to see what it’s like, please ask a parent or guardian to contact Junior Rowing via our Contact page





To enquire about joining Lea R.C. as a junior lease go to the contact link on our Join Lea R.C. page:

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