Project Oarsome & Coaching Scholarship Scheme
The Trust’s first significant donation was £190,000 to Project Oarsome. Once this project was successfully implemented, the next target was to find and support the additional coaches to look after all the new, young rowers. Since 2002 the Trust has worked with British Rowing to initiate the Stewards’ Charitable Trust (S.C.T.) Coaching Scholarship Scheme.
Starting with just two such coaches in September 2002 this project now supports fourteen coaches. The coaches are located across the United Kingdom. Each S.C.T. coach must undertake a two year, part-time postgraduate course in coaching, sports development or the health/social-related benefits of sport, while undertaking to spend twenty hours per week coaching juniors in their assigned area.
By the end of 2016 the Trust had donated over £2,000,000 to this initiative. Further support to the critical area of coaching youngsters is made through the Trust’s financial contribution to London Youth Rowing.