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Sporting Schools – Riggers Program

RIGGERS Rowing Programs

Rowing Australia is pleased to partner with the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) to deliver Sporting Schools, a $200 million Australian Government initiative to get more children playing more sport.  Thanks to the Federal Government’s 2018 Budget, Sporting Schools has been extended until the end of 2019.  Primary and Secondary schools are eligible to apply for funding to deliver sport before, during or after school.


Rowing is a sport that works out your entire body, promotes team-building skills, leadership, and cooperation.  Rowing Australia’s Riggers programs provide the opportunity for students to experience the fun of rowing in a safe and healthy environment.  Students from 7-13 years of age are able to get a taste of rowing through two programs; the Riggers Indoor Rowing Program and the Riggers Experience Rowing Program (on water).


The Riggers Indoor Rowing Program is an innovative youth engagement program for the sport of rowing.  Riggers programs provide four x 45 minute sessions, available to primary school students in Years 3 to 6 and secondary students in Year 7 and 8.  The program introduces children to the sport of rowing using quality Indoor Rowing machines with fun activity cards to follow and progress through.

Riggers is about learning how to row by having fun and playing games while keeping participants engaged and safe. Each session will progress into the next – this flexibility allows the program to be adapted to the needs, abilities and progress of the group.  Delivered by qualified coaches, Rowing Australia is excited to be working towards an online accreditation allowing teachers to be able to deliver the Riggers Indoor Rowing Program.

Click here to view the Riggers Indoor Rowing Program video!


The Riggers Experience Rowing is an ‘on water’ rowing program of four x 1 hour sessions and is only available to secondary school students.  It engages students at a local rowing club.  The program introduces young people to the sport of rowing on water to learn new skills, whilst having fun and staying safe. Delivered by qualified coaches, students don’t need to have any prior rowing experience.  All equipment, including the boat and oars, is provided for their use while in the program.


For more information on the Riggers Rowing Programs please contact:
Ron Batt, National Community Development & Education Officer, Rowing Australia: [email protected]
Click here for more information about the Sporting Schools Program or to book a Riggers Program.