An issue that is beginning to receive widespread recognition throughout the global rowing community is the acknowledgement that beginner rowers are having a tough time adapting to or remaining in the sport.
Attrition rates in learn-to-row courses in the UK have been reported to have higher than a 95% drop out rate.
With beginners being forced to spend endless sessions pulling aimlessly on erg machines, or making do trying to learn to row with sub-par equipment, it’s no wonder that after a few sessions, they give up.
Last week, Rowperfect hosted a discussion between some of the World’s elite authority figures on beginner rowing and uncovered some excellent insights. It became apparent that fostering an environment centred around fun and learning was crucial for appealing to beginners. By doing so, clubs have been shown to have a significantly better effect on encouraging ongoing participation. Providing the right mentorship and guidance is also a key factor in beginner retention.
With rowing clubs seeking to improve the rate of beginner retention and grow the size of their memberships, concentrated action needs to follow on from this discussion to make rowing more appealing to beginners.
To address this, Rowperfect have released a new e-book, titled “New Recruits and the Survival of Rowing Clubs – a Blueprint for Action”, written by Canadian rowing coach, Walter Martindale.
The e-book identifies a number of common deterrents that beginners face when entering the rowing community. It goes on to tie in the ideas mentioned in the discussion above and also what clubs can do to improve their appeal to new members.
- minimise beginner attrition
- make rowing clubs more appealing to beginners
- facilitate membership growth
- create a better club culture and integrate club members
New recruits and the survival of rowing clubs is available for purchase from the Rowperfect store and on Amazon for Kindle.
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