Junior Squad

The Junior Squad is a very vibrant part of the Club with approximately 140 young athletes aged from 12 to 18 and a large and experienced coaching team.

Our stretch of water on the Wey allows us to focus on excellent technique alongside a comprehensive fitness program off the water. This approach has consistently produced both a great experience and impressive results.

We run a Junior Beginners course starting each September with the graduates later moving to the main Junior training schedule. In 2021 we ran our first Accelerator program for older beginner Juniors and successfully transitioned more than 20 new young rowers to the squads at the end of 12 weeks.

There are three Junior squads Novice, Development and Performance and all squads train on the River Wey at the weekend. A range of land training sessions are scheduled during the week including circuit training, spinning and Erging (rowing machines). During the Spring and Summer we also row and train outdoors in the evenings.

Many older Juniors use coaching the younger groups as part of their Duke of Edinburgh’s award.

Parents are also highly involved in all aspects of running the Junior Squads, especially for the younger ages and before, during and after racing events for all squads. The Juniors have a designated “Junior Parent Rep” and a squad “Captain” (usually a coach) on the Club’s committee to represent squad and parental interests.

We are always pleased to consider experienced Juniors transferring to the area of from other Clubs.

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