Adaptive Rowing Clubs

1 Oct

Where can I row?

For starters, it’s always worth trying your most local club. While they might not have an established adaptive programme, it might be that they have received enquiries and your enquiry might be the spur that gets them to get some resources together. Sometimes clubs have individuals who have expressed interest in supporting adaptive rowing, but no programme is in place because there were no athletes. Marlow RC’s adaptive programme is one of the biggest in the country, but it started with a single rower (Ben Marsden) who I worked with 1:1 for close to a year until others started to join and we found other kit we could use.

Still, if you are looking for an established adaptive programme, I thought I would produce this directory (which I will keep up to date as I find about new programmes, cancelled programmes or other updates – please comment below or drop me a line if you know of any).

The British Rowing website also has a directory of rowing clubs, but unfortunately, the site is not very easy to use especially for finding an adaptive club.  First, the “Finding a Rowing Club” page doesn’t have a filter for Adaptive Rowing offered.  The individual club profile do have the option for ticking the “Adaptive Rowing” box, but when I contacted every one of them, half did not respond at all and all of those that didn’t respond (hence left off my list below) had no mention of adaptive rowing on their website.  Finally, if you do a brute force text search on “adaptive rowing” on the British Rowing website, you mostly get news stories about the topic and don’t find many of the club profiles.

The club names in the table include a hyperlink to the club website for more information, and the contact name includes a hyperlink to their email address (where it says “(Adaptive Rowing)” that means that the club does not have a specified contact).

The directory only includes clubs in England at the moment due to the way sports federations are set up in the UK. British Rowing looks after English clubs and have helped me with guidance on putting this directory together. I have contacted Welsh Rowing, Scottish Rowing and Irish Rowing associations to get some steer on adaptive clubs in those regions that I can add to the list.

Anyway, if you know of any clubs missing (or any information that is inaccurate or needs modifying, just let me know and I will update it.


  • Blue = Active adaptive rowing
  • Green = Active coastal rowing
  • Purple = School
  • Black = Not active, but open to enquiries

Here is a link to the Google Map (snap shown above) where you can explore clubs by area.

Agecroft Eric Kent  
Action4Youth Linda Higgins  
Aberdyfi Amanda Martin  
Arran Dave Ingham  
Avon County Patricia Lamb  
Barn Elms (Adaptive Rowing)  
Berwick Amateur Hilary Cairns  
Boston Jeff Elms  
Bradford Celia Hickson  
Broxbourne Rob Mayes  
BTC Southampton Kath Coleman-Jones  
Burton Leander Amy Clark  
Cambridge 99 Tamzin Byrne  
Camrowers Colin Fox  
Cantabrigian Gillian Cooper  
City of Oxford Rachel Lunney  
City of Swansea Andrew Williams  
Coastal Rowing Centre Bob Cottell  
Cygnet Martin Drage  
Dart Totnes Simon Gifford-Mead  
Derby Peter Champion  
Derry Declan Doherty  
Dover Maria West-Burrows  
Dudley Laura Tuckwood  
Fairlop Darren Trippick  
Fishguard & Goodwick Jemima Martha Owen  
Gateshead Community Carol Downworth  
Glasgow Don Milesh  
GORSE Ciarán Longmore  
Grosvenor David Blackham  
Guildford Ian Pigrami  
Hayling Island, LPGC Matt Walton  
Hereford Jason Lee  
Hillingdon Dean Stevens  
Hull Kingston Gav Coates  
Infinity Keith Brown  
Lea Sally Lawrence  
Leeds (Adaptive Rowing)  
Leicester Rob Fox  
Lincoln James Sockell  
Lo-Vis Emma Gilfoyle  
London Youth Rowing David Tinnion  
Maidenhead Nick Steele  
Marlow Bruce Lynn  
Mayflower Offshore Heather Pfeil  
Molesey Oli Knight  
Norwich Mike Burrows  
Oundle Town Angela Hook  
Penarth Alex Rich  
Pengwern Colin Hatton  
Peterborough City Ian Bardrick  
Ross Sally Pettipher  
Royal Chester (Adaptive Rowing)  
Royal Dolphins Sarah Young  
Runcorn Faye Stewart  
Shires (Adaptive Rowing)  
Somerset Community Paul Leadley  
Southsea Caitlyn Eddy  
St Andrew Lindsay Flockhart  
St Andrews Coastal Julie Hardisty  
Staines (Adaptive Rowing)  
Stratford-upon-Avon Mark Dewdney  
Sudbury Angela Colclough  
Taunton Steve Swan  
Teign Scullers Sally Livett  
Tees (Adaptive Rowing)  
Twickenham (Adaptive Rowing)  
West Norfolk Belinda Walker  
Wimbleball Andrea Worley  
Windermere Andrew Dent  
Worcester (Adaptive Rowing)  
X-Press John Burley  

3 Replies to “Adaptive Rowing Clubs

  1. Your help please, Bewl Bridge Rowing Club is organising a Virtual Ergatta Head series in lockdown having run a Regatta Series last Summer.
    I was wondering if you have a mailing list you could share with me to invite the Clubs in your list. This will save my rather slower extraction of individual email addresses to invite them.
    We are hoping that we might attract a strong representation of Adaptive Rowing in the Event.
    Next Event 18th to 21st Feb 2021.
    Any help or guidance also welcomed.
    Best regards
    David Morten
    Bewl Bridge RC
    Junior Coordinator & Ergatta Organising Team
    m 0771 347 4617

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