Rocking the Boat 2021

As we seek to rebuild our sporting communities following COVID we must act now to address diversity within sports in the UK.

The inequality of provision and access is particularly marked in rowing, and bringing together those working within the grassroots of the sport to discuss the scale of the problem and what we can do collectively is long overdue.

Contributors to the Conference have considered what we are doing, whether we should rock the boat and what new and innovative programmes could make the difference.

We are looking at these issues along with how these groups could work together, ensure longer-term sustainability and what part the education sector, government, NGB’s and outreach and engagement programme providers can play in changing direction and help to develop young people so they can pursue a career in sport as an athlete or as a coach.

Rocking the Boat Conference October 2021

DETERMINING THE NEED & SETTING THE GOALS

Presenters:

Alex Alexander, SportEngland - Talent Inclusion team

Hannibal Morris, Sport England - Talent Inclusion team

Emily Coe, LYR Programme Director

Lawrence Farquharson, LYR Schools Coach

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WHAT DOES DIVERSITY LOOK LIKE

Presenters:

Ian Pickup, Pro Vice-Chancellor, University of East London and leader of the East London Talent Pathway programme

Richard Sinnott, Warrington Youth Rowing

Steve O’Connor, Fulham Reach Boat Club

Lauren Rowles MBE, GB Para-Rowing

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HOW DO YOU CHANGE YOUNG LIVES FOR THE BETTER?

Presenters:

Andy Moorcroft, CEO The Challenge Academy Trust (TCAT)

Matt Parish, CEO Liverpool Football Club (LFC) Foundation

Andy Carter MP, Alternative Provision in Education

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WHAT ARE WE SUPPOSED TO DO NOW?

Presenter:

Chris Grant, Independent Board Member of Sport England; Independent Chair of English Professional Football’s Integrated Coaching Board; and former Chief Executive of Sported

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SUSTAINABILITY, FUNDING AND INCOME GENERATION

To learn more about how to raise funding and generate income to support a programme, two “drop in” sessions were held after the Conference, at which representatives of HRRCT, WYR and LYR were available to talk about their financial models and to discuss the range of revenue streams they are using to ensure a diverse income stream with the goal of sustainable programming.

The responses to some of the questions asked during these two sessions have been presented in a downloadable Q&A.

Q&A