Langstone Juniors participate in a wide range of activities: they can row with mates or take the opportunity to make new friends in a safe environment, get fitter and enjoy some exhilarating rowing experiences. Exploring Chichester, Langstone and Portsmouth Harbours; rowing in the Solent and the Channel; culminating in competing in the Great River Race – London’s River Marathon and even crossing the Channel.
We had a 16 and 15 year old join us in our row across the Channel in 2012 – Harry Bowden being the youngest to row across in the Adventure Gigs. Our coaches also worked with Harry Uglow (15) to help him scull across the Channel in 4 hours 38 minutes, setting the fastest time and youngest solo boat on record.
Building on that success, the group wants to grow the juniors section and target the GRR again, perhaps in a Solent Galley racing to win one of the junior trophies. In addition, the Langstone Cutters Gig Club has invested in a set of junior oars to allow juniors to row and race the wonderful Cornish Pilot Gigs. Havant Borough Council have put £1,000 towards this and we just need to raise £1,200 to complete the purchase.
To support this activity, Langstone Cutters have developed and implemented appropriate Child Welfare Policies, appointed a Welfare Officer (Barry Scott); all in compliance with British Rowing best practice. Both Club Coaches (Mike Gilbert and Steve Woods) are UKCC Qualified Level 2 Coaches and CRB compliant.
For more information about juniors, email rowing firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Mike on 07767 350512.