Indoor rowing provides a full body, low impact workout supporting healthy lifestyle lessons. Students can also participate in challenges and competitions, individually or in teams, both in school and virtually.
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What is rowing?

The School Games provides a key entry point into rowing for young people and has directly supported the schools and SGO network at county level since the programme first began. Indoor Rowing requires access to indoor rowing machines. Events and activity can range in size and are only limited to the number of rowing machines available, plus the time and space needed to run an event.

British Rowing has developed a new, free to use Go Row Indoor Schools platform. A ‘one stop shop’ for youth indoor rowing resources which are ideal for school teachers, tutors, coaches, instructors, clubs and parents to access everything they need to get started and deliver, fun indoor rowing activities for 11 to 18 year olds.

Find out more about how to run rowing formats.

Equipment needed

  • Rowing machines
  • Any disability-specific equipment (e.g. row seats or frame)
  • Score / time sheets

Get involved

The School Games is inclusive to all young people and provides opportunities for everyone to get involved, either within school, against other local schools, or at county or regional level.

School Games Organisers

School Games Organisers (SGO) help schools coordinate appropriate competitive opportunities for all young people from Key Stage 2-4, to recruit, train and deploy a suitable workforce, and to support the development of club.

Sign up to find your local SGO

Quick and easy rowing activities

Be it 10-minute or lesson-length activities, we have a range of activities suitable for all ages and abilities to encourage young people to stay active throughout the day.

See all resources