Trafford Rowing Club-Coaching


Trafford Rowing Club is the ideal club to be both a coach and an athlete receiving coaching!


The towpath enables coaching by bike or on foot ensuring a close proximity of coach to participant. This is reflected by the fact that club coaches Ken Ball and Derek Chandler were awarded British Rowing Volunteer of the Year 2011 for the Northwest, recognising their dedication.


Should the canal freeze four coaches are trained powerboat drivers, allowing coaching from a launch at other local stretches of water.



Coaching of athletes


Our coaching team is a mixture of qualified volunteers and professional paid coaches employed with support from British rowing.


With over 200 years of coaching experience between them, our strong and enthusiastic coaching team provides a impressive quantity of coaching at every ability level allowing us to deliver:


Juniors – Coached every session; High coach to participant ratio.
Beginners – Coached every session, frequently 1:1
Development group – Coached every session
Seniors – Coached at least once a week
Masters – Coached at least once a fortnight




The Trafford philosophy is to coach the “whole” of rowing not just on water technique. Coaching, seminars and our regular training plan develop our athletes in the following key areas:


British Rowing Technique
Indoor Rowing skills
Physical fitness
Core stability
Flexibility and stretching


Coxes of all ability are coached to a high level.



Coach development


The club is committed to supporting it’s coaches and helping them to develop to their full ability. The majority of our coaches hold the British Rowing Level 2 coaching qualification; coaches working towards this qualification are fully supported. Coaches are encouraged to move between squads to improve their ability. Support and development activities include:


Coach mentoring by senior coaches.
Regular coaching forums to share best practice.
British Rowing course fees subsidised by the club.
Attendance at relevant training courses for safety (capsize drills) and child protection.