Gap Year Volunteer Coach–Luke Goodier

18 Jul

It’s that time of year again where graduating 6th formers are planning their next year with many looking to gap years to explore some experiences and gain some experience. For those rowers, sometimes using the year to focus on a bit of further rowing development, volunteer coaching can be a great way to get more deeply immersed in the sport and give something back to the rowing community.

Marlow Rowing Club is once again seeking a gap year volunteer part-time assistant coach for its adaptive rowing programme for the coming year.  The responsibilities are very flexible and it is an ideal experience for someone considering a career in rowing, or sport and coaching in general. Marlow Rowing Club has one of the largest and best equipped adaptive rowing programmes in the UK.

This past year has been blessed an exceptional assistant coach – Luke Goodier – who is now moving on to the rowing world at university (UCL) and London. Luke shared his perspectives about the past year of working with the Marlow adaptive squad…

  • “The decision to volunteer with the Adaptive-rowing squad was one of the best I could have made. It has been a great learning experience for me, putting myself out of my comfort zone after leaving school, and discovering a side to Rowing that doesn’t get enough exposure. Working with athletes of different abilities, ages, experience and impairments means you constantly must think about different areas of rowing technique, working out drills and making sure the rower is getting an efficient stroke.

    The rowers at Marlow RC are a wonderful bunch of people, who are very welcoming and will happily work with you and listen, taking on board what you have to say. They are the most relaxed group of rowers I have met and have good fun while they are rowing; for a coach you couldn’t ask for better.The opportunities that Marlow have given me by funding the RYA 2 Power Boat course and Level 2 British Rowing coaching course, have helped me immensely. Completing the Level 2 course was one of the most rewarding parts of my year, working with a crew over a period of time furthered my communication, technique and equipment skills, and was a great way to put what I had developed in my few years of coaching into practice.”

(You can also read what previous gap-year coaches said about the experience here.)

So Marlow RC Adaptive Squad is seeking a successor to assist with the coaching responsibilities. This person would join the full time volunteer coach/coordinator Bruce Lynn and other club supporters, as well as a British Rowing pararowing coaches and leading coaches who coach other squads at Marlow.

The squad trains 6:00 – 8:00 pm on Wednesday evenings in the summer and then moves to 8:00 – 9:30 for land training (combination of ergs and S&C) in the winter, as well as 10:45 – 12:45 pm on Saturdays (slightly shorter session in winter).

The position is voluntary, but includes the following financial and other support:

  • Reimbursement of petrol and other out-of-pocket expenses
  • Club funding of RYA launch driving course and certification

The club also makes efforts to find funds to support enrollment in the British Rowing UKCC (Club Coach) Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Rowing, but that is not a necessity to making a great contribution to the support of the squad.

Benefits include:

  • Rowing Skills (“Docendo discimus” — “the best way to learn is to teach”)
  • Community service
  • Occupational Therapy experience (researching, improving and experimenting with adaptations to equipment for various impairments)
  • Financial support for training and certification
  • Mentoring with veteran coaches

The responsibilities are very flexible and if you have conflicts with certain sessions, that’s not a problem at all (best to let everyone know in advance as we might need to make some adjustments in the session without you).

All interested parties please contact me on

Luke Goodier - Marlow Adaptive Rowing Coach 2

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