Does your club get a heap of new member and learn to row joining enquiries after the Olympics? It’s pretty normal.
Key is to have a programme ready to welcome your members and an easy way to let people “Try Out” rowing for a small fee before deciding whether to join the club.
What are the key goals and strategies for your club?
Where do you think you could improve e.g. one club had 75 new learn to row athletes but only 2 joined the club training group afterwards. Is this a problem worth solving?
The big problem is with integrating new novices with existing training groups and so we’ve pulled together some resources which can help your club committee overcome common issues.
- Duncan Holland explains how he encourages beginners to join the club after completing a learn to row programme
- Wade Hall Craggs is expert in running student rowing clubs and high performance rowing. He was on RowingChat and this is a link to our discussion
- Similarly, Matt Rostron formerly from London Youth Rowing who I interviewed on RowingChat RowingChat: Matt Rostron, October 2014
- For coaches – how to coach a group of mixed skill and ability is a key organisational skill.
- Jim Flood wrote a manifesto on How to Improve Club Rowing for Beginners – sold in our shop for a small fee which Jim Donates to Oxfam
- And this RowingChat discussion with representatives from USA, Australia and UK on “How to retain beginner rowers in your club” on video.
- How to Write a Rowing Club Management Strategy
Over to you now. I wish you all the best in your club growth and recruitment. May all your new joiners become strong club members!
P.S. have you checked out our Resources for Rowing for Beginners page? Full of useful links for both athletes and coaches.