1. Background

B-ROW is a constituted organisation based in Birmingham that developed as a result of the re-structure of ‘BSRA’ Birmingham Schools Rowing Association.

Formed initially by British Rowing who saw the opportunity to bring together key groups and individuals to help collectively drive participation in both indoor and outdoor rowing in Birmingham.

  1. Current position

Primarily B-ROW currently delivers indoor and outdoor rowing and canoeing coaching to schools, colleges, universities and community setting in and around Birmingham.

Indoor rowing and canoeing sessions are delivered at various sites across the city and water-based activities delivered at Edgbaston Reservoir (Ladywood District) with co-operation from Birmingham Rowing Club, at Powells Pool, Sutton Park (Sutton Coldfield District) with co-operation from Bishop Vesey School, Bartley Reservoir with co-operation from Bartley Sailing Club other suitable bodies of water in and around Birmingham.

B-ROW also supports the running and delivery of ‘Learn to Row’ courses as well as a small number of open adult recreational coached sessions.

Delivery of B-ROW activities is, in the main, carried out by the lead B-ROW coaches Hannah Crone (Rowing) and Keith Wraight (Canoeing). Funding for these activities is currently accessed through a variety of partners:

  • Sport Birmingham
  • British Rowing
  • British Canoeing
  • Sport England
  • Big Lottery Fund
  • Heart of England Foundation
  • Groundwork
  • National Trust
  • Canal & River Trust
  1. Organisational Vision and Values

The vision of B-ROW is to:

Birmingham, a city where anyone can have access to rowing and canoeing activities at a level that suits them.

The Values of B-Row are:

  • Inclusive
  • Accessible
  • Wellbeing
  • Belonging

 

  1. Aims and Objectives

The key aim of B-ROW is to provide a safe and enjoyable introduction to rowing with an emphasis on giving participants the skills, fitness and confidence to enjoy a lifetime of involvement in the sport.

Objectives (Organisational focus):

  • To enable anyone in the Birmingham and adjacent areas to experience rowing, canoeing and other water based activities.
  • To work in partnership with local organisations to promote the benefits of activity on the water, to improve health, personal skills and educational opportunities.
  • To encourage and provide a pathway to local community based organisations for social and sporting activity.