A message from Craig Ward, Head of Rowing at King’s Ely:

“The King’s Ely Rowing programme has enjoyed an excellent start to the new academic year, welcoming back rowers after our extended absence from the Boathouse, as well as introducing many new pupils to the sport.

“Our Tuesday games sessions have proved to be extremely popular, with more than 85 Year 9-13 students signed up. In the midst of new year group bubbles and regulations from British Rowing, it has been amazing to be able to get students back on the water.

“The new Year 9 cohort have been excellent so far this term. Despite a lack of on-water rowing during Tuesday games, we have had a great turn-out for our extra-curricular sessions on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday after-school, as well as Saturday water sessions. We look forward to getting all Year 9’s out on the water over the coming weeks.

“The Year 10 and 11 squads have been as committed as ever and have progressed well over the past month, with the Year 10’s developing their technical skills in small boats and Year 11’s producing some strong scores on the rowing machines.

“The Sixth Form rowers are training hard in preparation for the Great Britain trials kick-starting shortly after half term. They have been committed as ever and have been excellent role models for the younger year groups.”

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