Project Oarsome & Coaching Scholarship Scheme
One of the Trust’s early donations was to Project Oarsome in 1998 and over the next 5 years totalled £190,000. Once this project was successfully implemented, the target moved to finding and supporting additional coaches to look after all the new, young rowers. In 2002 the Trust worked with British Rowing to initiate a Coaching Scholarship Scheme.
In September 2002 the programme started with just two apprentice coaches and, over the years, the project has supported 82 coaches to successfully graduate the scheme in locations across the United Kingdom. Each coach undertakes a two-year, part-time postgraduate course in coaching, sports development or the health/social-related benefits of sport, while undertaking to spend at least 20 hours per week coaching juniors in their assigned area.
To date the HRR Charitable Trust has donated over £2.1 million to this particular initiative.
Before the Covid-19 lockdown was imposed in March 2020, the three current coaches based in Bedford, Dorney and Sunderland had coached over 1,400 young people at least once, with the involvement of 31 state schools and a number of community organisations.