RA is currently delivering an innovative pilot program called Riggers, to address the participation drop in secondary school students and this includes a new Learn to Row program using games to teach rowing in mixed quads over six one-hour sessions.
After consultation with all RA’s Member Associations, three locations were chosen for the pilot – Noosa Yacht and Rowing Club, Inspire Health and Sports Performance Centre (Brisbane) and Rowgear (Perth).
National Community Development and Education Officer, Ron Batt said: “The pilots will continue evolve over the three terms, with the deliverers each receiving financial reward for delivering the six-hour long programs.
“The hope is that the Riggers on water program will be ready for nationwide delivery by clubs, schools, and private providers after a review of the pilot program in mid-2017.”
Put together with the assistance of the Australian Sports Commission Sporting Schools program, RA is also hoping to design an indoor rowing Riggers program with the aim to run this in the new year.
“The two Riggers program offer a great opportunity for rowing to engage youngsters right across Australia, while also generating financial resources for the sport. It is not necessarily designed to result in a short term increase in club membership, but if run well, over time, some of the participants may return to the sport we all love,” added Batt.
To find out more about this great program contact Ron Batt on [email protected]