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.

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



Agecroft Rowing Club

Eric Kent

Action4Youth Rowing Club

Linda Higgins

Bath University

(Student Rowing)

Berwick Amateur

Hilary Cairns


Celia Hickson




Gillian Cooper

City of Oxford

Rachel Lunney

City of Swansea

Andrew Williams

Coastal Rowing Centre

Bob Cottell

Dart Totnes

Simon Gifford-Mead


Peter Champion


Declan Doherty


Laura Tuckwood


Darren Trippick

Fishguard & Goodwick Jemima

Martha Owen

Gateshead Community

Carol Downworth


Scott Carpenter


David Blackham


Ian Pigrami

Hayling Island, LPGC

Matt Walton


Jason Lee


Dean Stevens

Hull Kingston

Gav Coates


Sally Lawrence


(Adaptive Rowing)


Rob Fox


James Sockell

London Youth Rowing

David Tinnion


Nick Steele


Bruce Lynn


Mike Burrows

Oundle Town

Angela Hook


Alex Rich


Colin Hatton

Peterborough City

Ian Bardrick

Royal Chester


Royal Dolphins

Sarah Young


Faye Stewart


Mark Dewdney


Angela Colclough


Steve Swan

Teign Scullers

(Adaptive Rowing)


(Adaptive Rowing)


Ben Pritchard

West Norfolk

Belinda Walker

Wimbleball Rowing Club

Andrea Worley


Susannah Barnett

2 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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