Hastingsbury Business & Enterprise College are the first partner school to officially come on board with the Star Club Junior rowing programme as a direct partner of the project.
As such the school gets full recognition on our website and eletters plus at the Clubhouse, racing crews and, eventually, on racing kit which is underway.
How things are progressing is explained below:
This term saw start of the ‘Dry Rowing’ programme in Hastingsbury School for the first time.
Dylan King has been instrumental in getting the programme up and running giving Mark Bavington, the Community Rowing Coach, full access to all of the Year 9 groups, this being the most effective way for the project to find the hidden talent that hides amongst the school population. It also gives everyone the chance to try a sport that is not normally associated with maintained schools – so literally everyone has a go, whatever their sporting background or even if they are not normally interested in sport – they still get the chance to try something new.
The children that have kick started the programme have all given it a good go and have already shown some potential. Being given the task of only rowing 2 minutes is often looked upon as easy, yet after 60 seconds of sprinting their opinions normally change! This doesn’t stop them giving up the fight in the second half! Well done!
The testing of the Year 9 curriculum groups is going to go into overdrive in this last week of term where the Community Rowing Coach will spend several busy days giving as many people as possible the chance to show of their hidden rowing talent!
The New Year will see the Community Rowing Coach working with Dylan to select and encourage children that have shown interest and/or potential to join and indoor rowing club. This is the first step in the Star Club participation pyramid model and will hopefully help find the next generation of successful junior rowers for the junior squad and build a successful Indoor Rowing Club with Hastingsbury Business and Enterprise College – a rowing school!