Lea R.C. Women’s Squad
The Lea R.C.’s women’s squads cater for a range of competitiveness and abilities on both rowing and sculling. We are ambitious and train hard, having had excellent results at the Henley Women’s Regatta, European and World Masters Rowing Regatta, the Pairs Head and the Women’s Head of the River in recent years. If you become a member, you’ll be joining a large club that’s very socially engaged, as well as athletically focussed, and able to row all year round.
We regularly have events, such as Sunday sessions and circuits (indoor training), where rowers from across the women’s squad have the opportunity to row with others of differing levels of ability and experience.
Do you want to play your part in building on the achievements of a successful women’s programme at the club?
We have a range of women’s squads that allow members to row competitively at any age, ability or level of development. We operate a ‘pyramid' structure that replicates the British Rowing system – from performance and club level, to recreational. We also have a gym only membership option, as the women’s squads are very full at the moment and we are operating a wait list.
For those interested in competing, we aim to develop a flexible programme that fits as well as possible with your work–life balance, whilst still allowing you to achieve your maximum potential.
We compete at regional, national and international events, and our programme identifies the best events for your abilities. We have had club level wins at Henley Women’s Regatta in 2013, 2015 and 2017, and strong results in other Head and Spring racing events as well.
Performance squad (10% of the women’s squad; up to 8 water and or land sessions a week)
We aim to be competitive and win at championship and aspirational events, be in the top 40 boats at the Women’s Head of the River, and qualify for the Remenham Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta – with ambitions to take our achievements one step further each year.
Fast Track squad (up to 10% of the club as a whole; extra 1–2 technical sessions per week)
We have a ‘talent spotting’ oversight across all squads, and the most promising athletes – who want to train hard, are coachable, and show rapid improvement – will have the opportunity for additional training sessions with our most experienced coaches in addition to the regular training programme.
Club squad (80% of the women’s squad; ranging from 4–6 sessions per week)
They train in groups at similar levels of ability, and will race and win at club-level events. The groups include the Club, Development, and Masters rowers. Our aims are to develop new rowers and rowers returning to the sport, to help gain rowing experience and race competitively. Coaching will be available to crews on a rotational basis in the weeks leading up to priority races and regattas. More experienced rowers will mentor new comers, sharing technique tips and cultivating adaptability in line-ups in the boat and athleticism.