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Cantabrigian Rowing Club adapt to engage junior squad

CUWBC member Freya Sutcliffe helped host an online session for Cantabs
CUWBC member Freya Sutcliffe helped host an online session for Cantabs

Cantabrigian Rowing Club are putting in place measures to stay engaged with their junior members during lockdown.

The club have a burgeoning youth section, but with water outings impossible for now, they have found other ways to interact with rowers.

Performance coach Oli Frazer has set set up a programme of daily bulletins with educational videos and exercises researched and circulated via the junior group on an app.

There are twice-weekly sessions such as circuits, yoga, and talks on topics such as boat safety and how to use video analysis to improve rowing technique.

Freya Sutcliffe, a former Cantabs junior who rowed for Cambridge University Women’s Boat Club’s victorious Lightweights Boat Club crew, provided an informative and intensive circuit session.

Juniors have also had their normal weekend group sessions online, held at a time they would normally be on water.

Nick Siragher, who runs many coaching sessions, emphasised the need for the group sessions.

“Although it’s online, we are all together in our smaller groups,” he said.

“I think this is good for mental health as much as it is for physical health, and it’s encouraging to see as many people turn up for these online sessions as do for the normal water sessions.”

The club have also staged a ‘Big Fat Quiz of the River’ to entertain and engage so that while the rowers would prefer to be on the river, they have found a good alternative approach to keep their junior squads engaged, and helping their physical and mental health.

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