At Trafford RC we have always realised that Juniors are the future of the club. At present we have a number of juniors who row either recreationally or competitively. In the past a number of our juniors have gone on from Trafford RC to row at international level with the GB Juniors. This page is designed to give juniors and parents alike, all the information they need to know about being a member of Trafford RC.
Joining Trafford RC
To join Trafford RC, you first of all need to register on our RowStart course. This course covers eight coached sessions where we teach you how to scull (that’s using one oar in each hand) in play boats, which are designed for complete beginners. There’s very little chance of falling in – but occasionally it does happen! However if you do fall in there will be someone on the bank to help you out.
After the course has finished you can then decide whether the sport is for you, and you can join the club if you decide to continue rowing. At present our minimum age for junior members is 11 years old, and anyone wanting to join the club must be able to swim 100m fully clothed.
Junior Coaching Policy
Click on the link to read Trafford RC’s Junior Coaching Policy
Most people who join the club, do so to row or scull. However coxes are some of the most important people in the club! The cox is always in charge of a boat and a crew. The cox steers the boat using a rudder, and shouts instructions at those who are rowing! A good cox can have a big effect on the way their crew rows. So if you don’t fancy rowing or sculling yourself, but would like to give orders and look after expensive racing boats – coxing may be for you!
Money! This is the section that parents are interested in! The initial RowStart course has a set fee of £80. If your child decides to join the club at the end of the course, annual membership is currently £40 with a monthly charge of £30. The club years starts on 1st July and new members pay a pro-rata membership fee based on the number of months until the 1st July. We also have an annual coxes fee of £10.
Competing does incur other costs. First of all you have to be a member of the the sports governing body British Rowing. Fees for the joining British Rowing are £22 per year for under 18’s, and £13 per year for under 14’s, although the first year for under 14’s is free. This fee covers insurance whilst racing, and you also receive ten copies per year of the official rowing magazine – “Rowing & Regatta”. You cannotrace unless you are registered with British Rowing. Further details can be found here.
Competing for Trafford RC
We do encourage our juniors to compete at events around the country. That’s what sport is about! Until the age of 15, juniors are required to scull – where they use one oar in each hand. From 15 onwards juniors can start “sweep-oared” rowing, where they have just one oar. The standard of junior rowing in the UK is very high and so your child will have to balance any training they do with school work. However it is possible to achieve a very high standard of rowing whilst still at school, and several of our former juniors have gone onto compete at international level. Juniors generally attend the same events as the senior members of the club as we have developed a very good club atmosphere at Trafford, but there are a number of events which are specifically dedicated to juniors such as the School’s Head and the National Schools Regatta.
Regattas and Head Races
The racing calendar is split up into two distinctive seasons – the Head and Regatta seasons.
Head racing takes place from mid September until the end of March. Head races are processional races, where crews are timed between two points over a long distance (generally around two miles, the longest being around four miles). The crew with the fastest time over the full distance is the winner! Head races take place on just one day. Trafford’s annual race – Trafford Head – is now held in February.
Regattas are the main summer races and take place from April to September. These events often take place over a full weekend and are run in a knockout format leading to semi-finals, and ultimately a final race. Regattas produce the best and most watchable racing of the year. Clubs organising regattas usually have a good selection of food (often barbeques) and drink, and most provide overnight camping facilities for weekend racing. Juniors don’t have to race on both days of a regatta – but the option is available.
For child protection reasons, parents must accompany their child to events particularly if they are staying for a full weekend. We also see Regattas as an opportunity for parents to get involved with other members of the club.
Please click on the following link to see where we will be competing this year: Upcoming Events
Kit & Equipment
It is British Rowing rules that everyone competing at an event must wear their club kit. At the moment our minimum racing kit consists of a black and green “all in one”. An all in one is generally around £35. However to start off with, if you don’t want to buy an all-in-one for your child we do recommend that juniors perhaps wear close-fitting black t-shirts and shorts whilst racing so that they all look the same in a crew. We are currently looking at cheaper options such as polo shirts for our junior and recreational squads.
In the winter, it is obviously very cold out on the water, and so juniors must wrap up warm whilst rowing. They should also always have spare clothing should they ever fall into the canal which is unlikely, but it can happen.
All equiment such as boats and oars are obviously provided by the club. However if your child becomes serious about the sport, they may want to buy their own equipment at a later date.
In 2006 we awarded a new trophy – The Bridgewater Cup – for “Best Junior Member”. This may be for the person who is most successful in competition, perhaps the most improved junior at the club, or for the junior who has contributed most to the club. Also, if your child is successful at Head races and Regattas throughout the year, all organising clubs provide prizes in the form of medals for head races, and pewter or glass tankards for regattas. Some children often need big trophy cabinets! A list of The Bridgewater Cup winners can be found on our Club Awards page.
We are hoping to develop an annual newsletter for junior members. Details will be posted here when available.
At Trafford RC, the Junior Coordinator is Andy Sykes who is CRB registered. We also have an appointed Club Welfare Officer who is CRB registered.
If you have any queries or if you suspect, witness or suffer any case of abuse, please contact the Club Welfare Officer on: firstname.lastname@example.org.