The KRC Junior Squad is the Junior Section of Kingston Rowing Club and accepts Juniors Rowers within the 11 to 18 year age group.
The Junior Squad Rowing Season runs from the 1st September to 31st August.
Head of Junior Rowing - Chris Griffiths
WJ15 & J16 Lead Coach / Assistant Rowing Manager - Florence Griffiths
WJ14 & J14/15 Lead Coach - Josh Burrows
All J11-13 Lead Coach - Cormac Molloy
Assistant Coaches - Christopher "Foxy" Fox, Richard Higgins, Danny O'Dowd, Farrell Mossop, Chris Adams, Sarah Searle
Assistant Coach & Junior Learn-to-Row coordinator - Marcus Hoskin
Junior Captain 2016/17 - Louise Bate
Junior Vice-Captain 2016/17 - Will Brook
How can I join?
In order to join our programme all candidates must participate in one of our Learn to Row courses.
We typically run these during October half-term, Easter break and during the Summer holidays.
Our next Learn to Row courses are being held on:
These are 5 day intensive courses, which teaches all candidates the basic sculling technique and gives them an in-depth knowledge of the sport.
If you are interested in signing up to one of these courses, please contact our Junior Learn-to-Row coordinator Marcus Hoskin via our enquiry page: Junior LTR enquiry
What if I can already row?
If you can already row and are interested in changing over to our club, please contact Head of Junior Rowing, Chris Griffiths via our enquiry page: Junior enquiry
The KRC Junior Squad aims to provide a supportive and friendly environment in which Juniors can meet new friends and develop both their personal and rowing potential.
The squad is a racing squad and aims for all juniors to train for and compete at appropriate Head races or Regatta races with crews being selected to ensure all targets are realistic and achievable
The squad therefore enters a range of Head and Regatta races the most important of which are:
- School's Head of the River
- The Scullery
- Junior Inter-Regional Regatta (Thames London)
- National School's Regatta
- Henley Royal Regatta
- Women's Henley
Representative Junior Crews:
All squad members will be assessed for inclusion in crews participating in the Thames London Region Trials for inclusion in that team for the Junior Inter Regional Championships.
In addition Kingston RC Junior Policy is to identify any outstanding individual talent that may be of the standard to participate in selection trials for the British Junior International teams selected each year from J16-18 year groups. This identification will be made from the J15 year onwards. International teams included are the Great Britain Junior team, the Coupe De Jeunesse and the GB France match
The training commitment for each age group is outlined below:
J11 - 13 - minimum of 2/3 sessions per week from the following:
WJ14 & J14/15 - Should be attending at 4 of the 5 sessions offered (100% attendance is recommended)
WJ15 - Should have 100% attendance
J16 - Should have 100% attendance
What Does it Cost?
Junior Squad costs consist chiefly of a) Kingston Rowing Club Membership Fee and b) costs associated with entering Heads or Regatta races.
Kingston Rowing Club Membership Fees:
Kingston Rowing Club is a Community Sports Club operated on a ‘Not For Profit’ basis.
The Kingston Rowing Club membership fee is payable annually by 1st Oct. to KRC and is used to cover the basic running costs associated with club (building maintenance, rent, heating, lighting, cleaning etc) together with a limited contribution to the maintenance or purchase of boats.
Junior Membership fees are set lower than the equivalent Senior Membership fees reflecting the overall Club committement to Junior Rowing.
Current Junior Membership Fees are as shown under Rowing Membership section of the website.
Junior Head and Regatta Race Entry Fees.
Each Head and Regatta race charges an entry fee per athlete per event.
The actual fee charged varies according to the Head or Regatta in question but is currently around £12 per event
Please note that all Head and Regatta entry costs are managed centrally via a Junior Regatta Account with Juniors requested to ‘top up’ their account in relation to the number of races they compete in.
The Club believes that it is important that members, coaches, administrators and parents associated with the club should, at all times show respect, be encouraged to be open and share any concerns or complaints they may have with the either the Welfare Officer or the Club Captain (whose names and contact details are listed on the Club's notice board).
- The Captain of Kingston Rowing Club is: Danny O'Dowd
- The Welfare Officer for Kingston Rowing Club is: Shelley Cockle
- The Junior Head Coach of Kingston Rowing Club is:·Chris Griffiths
Role of the Welfare Officer
The role of the Welfare Officer is:
- To advise the club on compliance with British Rowing procedures on, and good practice in, Child Protection & Participant Welfare
- To advise the club on compliance with its own Child Protection policies
- To act as a focal point for reporting any concerns from parents/carers, coaches and members (both Junior and Adult) etc
- To maintain records of those volunteers who have been checked and also to ensure these checks are renewed when required.
- To have primary responsibility for checking that everyone who has significant access to young people within the club is suitable for the role and vetted.
- To administer the DBS checking procedure (e.g. inspecting documents)
- To be clearly identifiable to Junior Members and their parents
- To comply with relevant British Rowing Guidelines
British Rowing Guidelines: Links to the full British Rowing Guidelines are available under the Welfare section of the KRC website
KRC Junior Squad Code of Conduct
The KRC Junior Squad Code of Conduct is based on the British Rowing Guidelines and applies to all Junior Squad Members, Parents/Carers and Coaches.
KRC Code of Conduct for Junior Squad Members
As a member of the KRC Junior Squad you are expected to:
- Row / scull within the rules and respect officials and their decisions
- Respect your opponents.
- Keep to agreed timings for training and competitions or inform the Senior Coach if you are going to be late
- Wear suitable kit for training and racing as stipulated by the Senior Coach.
- Pay any fees for training or events promptly
- Show respect for Club equipment at all times and report any damage promptly to the Senior Coach or Junior Coordinator
- Not smoke (Smoking is not permitted anywhere on Club premises nor whilst representing the Club at competitions)
- Not consume alcohol or drugs of any kind on Club premises or whilst representing the Club.
- Do not leave Squad training sessions before speaking to the Senior Coach or Coach in Charge of the session.
- Do not run or play on the landing stage
- Do not use free weights without supervision by a Coach
- Only use boats/blades specified from time to time by the Captain for use by Juniors and as allocated by the Senior Coach
- Not boat without a Coach (Only athletes of J16-18 age group may boat without a coach as part of a pre arranged session agreed in advance with the Coach)
KRC Code of Conduct for Junior Coaches
As a KRC Junior Coach you are expected to:
- Consider the well-being and safety of participants before the development of performance.
- Develop an appropriate working relationship with performers, based on mutual trust and respect.
- Make sure all activities are appropriate to the age, ability and experience of those taking part
- Promote the positive aspects of the sport (e.g. fair play)
- Display consistently high standards of behaviour and appearance
- Follow all guidelines laid down by the national governing body and the club
- Hold the appropriate, valid qualifications and insurance cover
- Never exert undue influence over performers to obtain personal benefit or reward
- Never condone rule violations, rough play or the use of prohibited substance
KRC Code of Conduct for Parents and Carers
As a Parent or Carer of a member of the KRC Junior Squad you are expected to:
- Encourage your child to learn the rules and play within them
- Discourage unfair play and arguing with officials
- Help your child to recognise good performance, not just results
- Never force your child to take part in sport
- Set a good example by recognising fair play and applauding the good performances of all
- Never punish or belittle a child for losing or making mistakes
- Publicly accept officials' judgements
- Support your child's involvement and help them to enjoy their sport
- Use correct and proper language at all times
- Support the Senior Coach by making efforts to speak to him/her regularly before/after training sessions
- Ensure your child wears appropriate clothing for racing and training and brings spare clothing, food, towel and water bottle to each session
- Assist in crew selection by notifying the Senior Coach in advance when your child is not available
- Encourage your child to comply with both Kingston RC and Junior Squad rules
For more information on our club's health and safety, please follow this link: Health & Safety
Our racing kit is supplied by Powerhouse Sport. Currently, our racing kit store is closed as we have just done an order.
For more information please contact Florence.
Racing kit should consist of:
- Black leggings (doesn't have to be KRC, can be plain black)
- White long sleeve & short sleeve thermal top
- KRC cap - Crewroom vapour-x cap in colour way: white with red stripes
- Powerhouse KRC Splash Jacket
- Black Leggings (doesn't have to be KRC, can be plain black)
- White long sleeve & short sleeve thermal top
- KRC visor - can be purchased from Chris at any session
- Powerhouse KRC Splash Jacket
All #winningwithscarletblades t-shirts and sweatshirts can be bought from Chris at any session.
Red or white t-shirt - £10
Red sweatshirt - £15