RowUK will always promote your Aspiration, no matter where you come from or how far along the journey to success you are. We celebrate those who aren’t afraid to fail.

For our crews to win on the water and for our young people to achieve in life.

RowUK Programmes: a unique new relationship between Universities and schools

Our Founder, Ben Cox, co-wrote a chapter in this book. 

It starts: "Organised sport can play an important role in the development of the whole child. It is a forum in which mental toughness can be tested and developed. It helps create a mental map and provides a vital tool with which young people can build their own futures. This can be reflected in - and measured by - educational attainment, employability and inter-generational economic mobility." 

This philosophy underpins the work we do on our Programmes.

This book is available from Kogan Page.

Long term personal development through sport



A best-practice model of school sport with explicit pathways into higher education



Visible success regionally, nationally and internationally



Development of life skills and employability through business partnerships

We believe in the evidence-led and long term development of young people as athletes, scholars and citizens. We want them to enjoy their rowing and consciously develop important life skills along the way. We also seek to provide a performance-orientated environment for those with the ambition and talent to succeed at the highest level.


Every organisation will have different needs and strengths, and only by working closely with delivery partners are we able to tailor programmes to their individual and collective needs.

We want to help grow programmes and then get out of the way. We believe it is our job to add value and encourage collaboration. We want organisations to work together to multiply their collective reach through a coherent, interdependent approach.


We are building funding models which create pathways from local state schools into higher education, apprenticeships and employment. Over the next few years we will be bringing indoor and on-water rowing to thousands more participants through programmes and competitions in inner-city locations.


Whether you are a headteacher, coach, or a club member, we are keen to work with anyone interested in developing young people through sport. You might work for a local authority, county sports partnership or a university and see RowUK as an opportunity to work with like-minded partners in your city. You may work for a charitable trust or a business which is aligned to the RowUK method and want to support the work our partners do. If so, don’t hesitate to get in touch. We want to work with anyone who knows sport can change lives.


If you would like to learn more about RowLeeds, how you might get involved, or how RowUK could work with you, write to We’ll get back to you straight away.

"It is important that rowing encourages all young people, regardless of background, to access the sport. I cannot thank RowUK enough for giving us the opportunity to bring the RowLeeds programme to the students of The Gorse Trust. We really are rethinking everything."


Director of Rowing at Gorse Academies Trust, Cheryl Rhodes 

At RowUK, we are helping to rethink footplate design. This is Cormac Nolan in the Biomechanics Lab at University of Leeds. He is studying independent force measurements and will soon share his findings with Caversham. Rethink everything.

want your school, college, university or city to be next?

Find out more about the RowUK supported, RowLeeds programme from BBC Look North