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Great Britain Rowing Team 

Talent Identification Testing

18th March 2019

3:30pm – 6:00pm



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John Charles Centre for Sport

Indoor Athletics Centre

Middleton Grove


LS11 5DJ

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The British Rowing World Class Start Programme gives you the opportunity to push yourself to achieve more than you thought you could, expand your horizons, and develop into a high-performance athlete. You do not need any prior rowing experience; just the right physique and attitude to give rowing a go.


If you are between 14 and 22 years old and live in Yorkshire, depending on your academic or career goals, you have a few options:


Junior Rowers (under 18)

Successful candidates under the age of 18 will work closely with Yorkshire's GB Rowing Coach and will have two options.


In most instances, junior athletes will stay in their current school and will train and race for Leeds Rowing Club Juniors. However, if you are in Year 11 and progressing to Year 12 next September, and your school does not have a sixth form, you may want to consider applying to study at Elliott Hudson College. This post-16 college is part of the Gorse Academies Trust and employs a fulltime rowing coach who will work closely with your GB coach to support your development. One of the leading post-16 institutions in the country, Elliott Hudson College has two post-16 offers in Leeds; one in Beeston and another opening this September in Boston Spa. Either way, you won't be thrown in at the deep end. Rather, your training will be tailored to you and will build up gradually.


University Rowers (18+)

If you are looking to study at university, or already enrolled at the University of Leeds, University of York or Leeds Beckett University, GB Start already has an established programme for students at these institutions. This is when the serious training begins.


Senior Rowers (18+)

If you are over 18 and not in fulltime education, then you will be expected to commit to a full-time programme. You will train at the Leeds Boat House in Stourton and row for Leeds Rowing Club.


If you are interested in coming for an assessment, please fill out the fields below and we will be in touch.

Height requirements for senior rowers*


Female:  178cm

Male:      190cm


*candidates below the age of 17, who do not meet these height requirements are welcome to apply for the Gorse programme

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Do I need to be at the event for two and a half hours?

A. No. Assessments will start after school so come along at 3:30pm and you'll be scheduled a slot as early as we can fit you in. 

Q. What does the test involve?

A. The test will cover four main components:

- Anthropometrics, measuring your height, arm span, weight

- Strength assessment

- Endurance

- Flexibility where you will be asked to hold various positions to assess mobility and stability

Your data will be held by RowUK in accordance with our Data Privacy Policy. It may be shared with British Rowing or The Gorse Academies Trust for the purpose of this Talent ID event only.


Thank you. Your form has been received. We will be in touch soon.