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Holiday Junior Rowing Courses 2023
This page was last updated on 17th January 2024.
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Last summer we coached a record year with over 160 students attending our courses. Thank you to all who attended. Plans for this summer's courses are already underway. If you have any questions please contact Junior Summer Courses Secretary
We hope to see you over the summer.
Overview of the courses and how to get involved.
Each course runs over a single week, Mon to Fri, in the summer holidays for two hours each day. This could be either 10am-12noon or 12noon-2pm. You are welcome to sign up for more than one week if you like. If enough people of similar ability show interest in a particular week, we may add an additional 2-4pm course, but this will be according to demand.
The courses are run in groups of 6 to 16, and we arrange groups by experience. This means that we can take all abilities, including complete beginners. We can accommodate friendship groups, but only if the experience of the juniors matches up. For example; if there is a complete beginner who has a more experienced friend wishing to join them on the course, the more experienced will have to join the beginner's group, but this cannot be reversed so that the beginner joins a more experienced group.
All parents/guardians will need to sign a consent form stating that their junior/s is/are able to swim at least 50m in light clothing. This is a pre-requisite of taking part. Please note that the courses will inevitably involve a certain amount of capsizing and immersion in the river - this is unavoidable.
In 2023 the cost of each course was £125 to Falcon rowing squad members and £150 to non-Falcon rowing squad members; while we are hoping to keep the costs the same, we have not yet fixed prices for 2024, but we are trying to keep any increase as small as possible. While participation at all the days of the course is preferred, we understand it is not always possible. However, the course fee is for the week and is non-refundable whether or not all days are attended. For this cost, your junior gets 10 hours of intensive coaching across a week, plus a Falcon summer course t-shirt. (Note: only one t-shirt per person, not per course attended. Additional t-shirts can be purchased separately if wanted).
We advise you to sign up early as the places are limited to 16 athletes per course. Places are assigned on a first come first served basis after which we put people on a waiting list after whichwe will keep you posted as to whether a place becomes available. Failure to pay by the deadlines provided will mean the place will be released to the next on the waiting list. Details will be on the sign-up form when it becomes available. The timetable for the week will be released once a course is full, or about 2 weeks before whichever is earlier. Additional details will be sent out alongside, including how to pay, what to bring, where to go, etc. If a course is not full, we can still take bookings up until the night before, as long as parents/guardians have completed a booking form and payment prior to the start of the course. However, so close to the start, if a course is not visible on the booking sheet, it will have closed and the waiting list will also be unavailable.
Please see the pdf "Overview of Falcon Boat Club Junior Summer Courses", appended at the bottom of this page, for more information on what the courses entail.