Glasgow is the centre for high performance rowing athletes in Scotland, many of whom are based within Glasgow’s tertiary education institutions.
Rowing thrives on the River Clyde in the heart of the city, with 3 clubs open to all, sitting alongside the Glasgow and Strathclyde University clubs. Scottish Rowing has identified Glasgow as a key regional centre for the sport and there are plans under development for new facilities which will offer a 21st century home for the rowing community on the Clyde.
Strathclyde Park on the outskirts of Glasgow is one of only 2 Olympic standard multi-lane rowing courses in the United Kingdom and regularly hosts international regattas at all age levels. Based at the park, the Scottish Rowing Centre offers world class training facilities including a state-of-the-art indoor rowing tank and a performance gymnasium. This is also the home of Scottish Rowing, the national governing body for rowing in Scotland.
There is an experienced coaching network based across the Glasgow rowing community which creates pathway opportunities for talented athletes through each stage of their development.
Former Scottish international oarsman, Ross Malone, is the full-time coach on the GB Rowing Team Start programme based at Clydesdale Amateur Rowing Club and he works closely with the University programmes to identify gifted athletes.
There are also strong coaching programmes in place at Glasgow Rowing Club and Clyde Amateur Rowing Club that have produced numerous Scottish and British Champions over the years.
Glasgow is Scotland’s largest rowing centre with 8 clubs based within or around the city, including the Universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde.
There are a number of competitions held in Glasgow, including Head of the River Races and Regattas on the River Clyde. The Scottish Universities Championships and Scottish Championships are also held nearby at Strathclyde Park.
High performance programmes in or around Glasgow
There are a number of routes into performance rowing for talented athletes in the Glasgow area.
Clydesdale Amateur Rowing Club is the Scottish base for the GB Rowing Team Start Programme sponsored by Siemens.
The Scottish Rowing Performance Programme, in partnership with the sportscotland institute of sport, provides a comprehensive support package to help develop our most talented athletes. In Glasgow the programme is supported by the West of Scotland Institute of Sport at the Palace of Art and the Scottish Rowing Centre at Strathclyde Park.