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Club Development Conference     

Sunday 29 January 2023 at Durham ARC


Cancelled due to lack of numbers

The following is for archive purposes only and was frozen at 22-01-23:




You are warmly invited to join us at the first club development conference organised by the NRC since 2020, to be hosted by Durham Amateur Rowing Club. The full programme with timings can be found below  or in a pdf here. It will run from 09:30 for 10:00 till 15:30.



The day will be opened by short welcomes from the Northern Rowing Council’s Chair, Helen McMillan, and Secretary, Colin Percy We are pleased to announce our conference will then be addressed by Alastair Marks, CEO, and Kate O'Sullivan, Deputy Chair, of British Rowing. They will give an overview of where BR is now and are looking forward to hearing what you have to say in Q&A session to follow.

In the first Group 1 workshop Mark Hyson from Tynemouth RC will describe the success of Coastal Rowing and Beach Sprints in our region. In parallel (and repeated later in Group 2) there will be an opportunity to get up to speed with the latest thinking on safety and competition themes with John Mulholland and Richard Mortimer of the NRC.

In Group 2, Learn to Row programmes have been one of the successes in the region but the question of how you convert L2R to competition rowers is addressed in a workshop with Tim Morris, plus a repeat of John and Richard’s session.


In Group 3, Cath Rooney will discuss techniques for improving strength and conditioning approaches with junior rowers. And alongside Mark Bell will present structural options for expanding clubs, including a look at the pros and cons of limited companies.
There will be hot drinks on arrival and a buffet lunch. The lunch break will provide a great opportunity for informal discussion with other delegates and the speakers. Food is provided free of charge to all delegates who register before the event. The food will be baked potatoes with a range of fillings. To help with planning please say in your booking email if you have specific dietary requirements.


How to book a place

The previous conferences have been well received and we hope you will be able to join us. Please let us know if you intend to attend so that we can ensure we provide a great experience for you. Email Alan Cook at conference@nerowing.com by Saturday 21 January 23 if you wish to attend, giving name/s and club, plus any special dietary requirement He will will confirm your booking along with any updates before the conference.
We look forward to hearing from you.



Northern Rowing Council

Programme - Conference Sunday 29 January 2023

Durham ARC




09:30 - 10:00  Tea and coffee provided


Plenary session


10:00 - 10:15  Welcome and Introductions - NRC Chair, Helen McMillan


10:15 - 10:30  The work of the NRC since the last conference - Secretary, Colin Percy


10:30 - 11:15  Meet the BR Senior Team - Alastair Marks, CEO, and Kate O'Sullivan,

                      Deputy Chair of  British Rowing, will give an overview of the work of  

                      BR and answer any questions you may have.


Workshops (choice in each group)


11:20 - 11:25  Format of the workshops - Alan Cook


11:30 - 12:30  Group 1 Workshops


(W1) Coastal Rowing and Beach Sprints - Mark Hyson of Tynemouth RC


(W2) Developing a standard infrastructure for competitions - Richard Mortimer and

         John Mulholland of the NRC from umpiring and safety perspectives


12:30 - 3:45  LUNCH


Lunch is provided free for all attendees who register in advance. Please inform us if you have any special dietary requirements.


13:55 -14:30  Group 2 Workshops


(W3) Converting L2R to membership - Tim Morris


(W4) Developing a standard infrastructure for competitions - John Mulholland and

         Richard Mortimer of the NRC from umpiring and safety perspectives


14:35 -15:10  Group 3 Workshops


(W5) Discussion on strength and conditioning for juniors - Cath Rooney


(W6) Managing club expansion - Limited Company or not? - Mark Bell


Closing Plenary


15:10 - 15:30  Q&A session with contributors and summing up by Chair


Queries to Alan Cook at conference@nerowing.com


Reloaded for information on 14-10-23