Women’s Development Programme

British Rowing’s development programme to support female rowers and their coaches.


For rowers, this is a chance to come together with other like-minded people and create a network of support to drive your development, whilst learning what to focus on for you to develop more effectively and take back to your club. We welcome rowers attending with or without a coach.

“The day was extremely informative and very enjoyable. That balance between fun and serious work was very well done.” Northern Attendee 2019

We encourage women and girls of any ability to attend who are:

    • Part of the J15 to U23 age groups
    • Taller than 174cm
    • Able to achieve a time of 0:52 (1:44 split) or below for a 250m ergo at a maximum rate of 44spm
    • Keen to learn, develop and share experience

For coaches, this will be an opportunity to develop technical knowledge, coaching skills, expand your coaching network and share experience on developing women of all ages in your club. Coaches are welcome to attend with or without a rower but must hold a British Rowing Coach membership.

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Practical Days:

The programme includes 3 practical days each focusing on a different area of your development:

  • Fundamentals of Power – Learning to move efficiently to perform a more powerful stroke.
  • Strength & Conditioning – Knowing how to correctly and safely increase power output.
  • Small Boat Technical Development – Discovering how to improve coordination and efficiently move a boat.

At each day, rowers and coaches will work with one of our Women’s Development Coaches to learn about how you can work to reach your full potential.

Dates and contacts for your region coming soon!

Dates | Contact

East Midlands | Nikki Hardy
Eastern | Jonathan Condor
Hants & Dorset | Richard Poole
Lower Thames | Gabor Marton
North East | Eddie Bryant
North West | Rachel Hooper
South East | Richard Poole
South West | Steve Clarke
Upper Thames | Jonathan Cheesman
West Midlands | Ben Wellburn
Yorkshire | Liz Harries

Virtual Sessions:

Each practical day is linked to virtual sessions for both Rowers & Coaches:

  • Rowers will have the opportunity to come together virtually to discuss progress, challenges and share experience with the others in your region.
  • Coaches will have the opportunity to attend two virtual sessions around each development day.
    • The first will be a national led webinar prior to each practical day. This will focus on the technical aspects that day will be working on.
    • The second will be after each of the practical days. These will be regionally based and chaired by the Regional Women’s Development Programme Coach. Allowing coaches from one area to discuss the day and share any thoughts or experience.


“I really enjoyed the day, I found it really useful, and a good way to challenge my own capabilities.” South West Attendee 2020

To bring together female rowers from across the country we aim to host a camp for attendees of the Women’s Development Programme. More information about the camp will be available soon.

Numbers for the camp will be limited. To be considered for invitation to the camp the Performance Talent Rower Report must be regularly completed throughout the year.

Performance Talent Rower Report:

All rowers attending will be invited to take part in the Performance Talent Rower Report. The reports produced are designed to give a snapshot of the rower and enable the rower, the coach and us to give the best advice on where to focus your development.


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