Creating a new club - request for guidance

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Creating a new club - request for guidance

Post by IG88 » September 23rd, 2018, 12:26 pm


This is my first post, though I've been rowing a while now - my logbook started in the early 2000's.

I'd like to start a club that's open only to qualified members, all in UK. The aim of the club is to provide guidance to its members over a 12 month period with a view to entering an indoor rowing competition towards the end of 2019. At this point, we're looking at 2k as the target competition distance.

I'll be managing, the club, however, it's a new experience, so before I begin, I'd like to ask if anyone can offer any guidance and suggestions as to how best proceed. Any advice on actually running a club would be most welcome. (Do's, dont's, pitfalls etc).

We'd primarily like to set a training program with monthly targets, so we'd need some help on setting a realistic plan up. Our members will be rather small in number, and will be spread out over a large area, so need to be able to follow any plans on their own. I am not in any way a coach, so would like suggestions for any plans that are out there that could be followed, or if there are any coaches out there that would be willing to share some programs, that would be fantastic.

Many thanks in advance for any help.


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Re: Creating a new club - request for guidance

Post by lindsayh » September 24th, 2018, 8:01 am

not sure what you mean by "starting a club".
Most of the clubs here are virtual clubs that actually exist to consolidate entries in the C2 and CTC challenges and the like. Some are built around a facebook presence and some go back a long way. Most don't offer training advice and the like and I wonder how you might do that if you have little knowledge of indoor rowing. What does "qualified members" mean?
Have a look at Fitness Matters and QPower - they are similar to what you are talking about and may provide some ideas. Free Spirits and Sub7 are virtual clubs with large membership and lots of resources on line.
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Re: Creating a new club - request for guidance

Post by jackarabit » September 24th, 2018, 10:43 am

If your goal is to create a clearinghouse for public event info, logistical advice and assistance, and comp post-mortems, Sub-7 is a club that should provide a successful model.
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