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What would WEY do without people like you? As a community rowing club, we are run by volunteers. We are not only Clubmark accredited, but also registered as a community amateur sports club.

Everyone in some capacity ‘chips in’ as it is after all our club – and there are many opportunities to get involved! Volunteering to help out at regattas (racing side by side, first to finish) and heads (processional racing over a set distance for time), as well as the more general week-to-week is fun and a great way to meet other club members and the wider rowing community.

Without volunteers, we would have to engage (read, pay!) more people to do all that we do – and our subs would have to rise in a rather alarming way! Therefore, please consider how you might like to get involved to help us maintain such a thriving club, including and perhaps especially, our at-capacity junior section. 

There are many ways you can get involved and help out on an ad hoc basis or for decent amount of time: Coaching & Bank Support | Learn To Row Coaching & Assistance | Time Trials | Heads and Regattas | Trailering | Maintenance & Repairs | Breakfast and Supper Clubs | 200 Club and easyfundraising

COACHING AND BANK SUPPORT

  • Become a rowing coach or coach-assistant

    • Full training provided – you don’t even need to already know all the rowing lingo

  • Lend a hand by providing bankside cover to crews

    • Weekly or on a rota with a reasonable frequency is needed.

  • An RYA L2 Powerboat or similar launch driving qualification would be helpful but not essential 

    • Instruction/briefing is provided.

 

The organisation of the groups necessarily changes when we get a new intake of beginners, but the sessions times remain constant. Beyond helping out with our Learn To Row courses, coaching help is needed primarily with any new intake of beginners, be that our J12-J14s or adult beginners. Some of our younger and newer juniors are ready to move up to junior intermediate, but usually we cannot accommodate them without more help – more to come over the coming months...

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LEARN TO ROW COACHING AND ASSISTANCE

Our Learn to Row courses are key to the future of the Club and ‘growing our own’ membership. In 2020, we were one of the first rowing clubs to be able to offer a ‘socially-distanced’ Learn To Row. When we are running courses, usually in spring and summer, we put out regular callouts to members. If you are confident in a single and keen to help teach adults or juniors, please do keep an eye out for these notices. Juniors J14 and above too, please.

Most of those who coach do so as a volunteer so see this as a WEY to give something back.

TIME TRIALS 

Throughout the year we run regular, whole-club time trials. These are to give anyone who wants to race a chance to practise training off others as well as the added self-induced pressure of a race. No prizes but just to help you improve and prepare for racing.

 

Of course, time trials don’t happen ‘by magic’ and it is hugely appreciated if those adult members who are not yet ready to participate, plus parents of the juniors taking part, would help out during the trials themselves to help those who are – please do let us know if this is you...

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HEADS AND REGATTAS: SUPPORT FOR RACING 'HOME' AND 'AWAY'

Our senior members and parents have an active part to play in the successful running of race events we host

Without volunteer help we would simply not be able to safely or effectively run our very popular and often oversubscribed events. A call-out for volunteers is made in the run up to our heads and regattas, so please keep an eye out. Help is typically needed in the lead up to and on the day with setting up gazebos, land, bank and water marshalling, ‘swan control’ and more... And when we go away to events such as the National Schools Regatta, help is needed to load and unload boats, and with trailering.

Next up... Sign up to help out at our Winter Head: bit.ly/WWH23-VolunteersPlease

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TRAILERING

Nick and Clive also take the trailer to events and drive launches; we are grateful to Geoff D and Geoff T who also help with trailering – please let us know if you:

  • can tow (and have appropriate licence and some experience)

  • have a tow vehicle. If you don’t, we can hire but if we don’t need to this is an obvious saving.

MAINTENANCE & REPAIRS

  • Bikes: If you can spare some time occasionally to clean, oil, and repair the club bikes used by coaches this would be a huge help.

  • Launches: Nick currently services the launches. Help and an understudy would be much welcomed.

  • Ergos: Similar to bikes, our 12 club ergos need a little TLC on a weekly and monthly basis.

  • Boats: Between Graham and Nick we have sound boat repairs capability, which saves us a lot of money and is apparently very therapeutic. Still many hands make light work (and more knowledgeable members and parents) – please do get involved if this interests you.

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BREAKFAST CLUB AND SUPPER CLUB

  • Our Breakfast Club is popular and important as it generates much-needed funds for the Club. Currently run solo by a couple parents as-and-when, other keen parental involvement would ensure this can happen more often and longer-term. It's fun too!

  • Most Fridays is Supper Club following the Junior Development Squad training.

Again, do let us know if you’d be happy to help here.

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NO TIME TO SPARE?

There are other ways you can support the Club...


Typically between 100 and 150 members, the 200 Club, founded in 1990, is a well-established fundraising body. It is independent from the Rowing Club, but exists to help support the Club's fabric outside of its core activities. Funds are not used to acquire boats or blades.

If not already a member, why not join our other supporters at the 200 Club?

Money really does grow on trees!
Or at least it does for us with easyfundraising. Every time you shop with the 1000s of retailers available via the easyfundraising website, you raise funds for the Club – check it out and register at easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/weybridgerc/

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