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Keeping your club houses safe

These recommendations were produced by Wiltshire, Avon, Gloucester and Somerset (WAGS) Rowing Council.


Short Term Considerations:


  • Is your club fully secure and closed down.

  • Are you considering regular checks.

  • Have fridges and water heaters been emptied and turned off.

  • Do you need to place rat and mouse traps.

  • Are boat hatches open. 

  • Are there piles of wet boat towels lying around.


Mid Term Considerations:


  • Have you conducted a financial review, can this support the BR questionnaire.

  • Contact your insurance broker to see if they will be willing to reduce the premium as the club is no longer rowing.

  • Contact CART or EA to reduce boat licence fees (a touchy subject but one worth considering).

  • Keep an eye out on the BR Club Affiliation process.

  • Review the ability to rent/ loan ergs to Club members.

  • Keep engaged with your squads, you will want them to return to rowing. Look at the upcoming BR media for erg and fitness videos.

  • Contact other Clubs to see what they are doing.

  • Consider media platforms to communicate with your squads - Zoom, google hangouts, MSTeams have all been praised.

  • Review your Governance and operational documents and policies. Plan a review cycle to ensure all key policies.

  • Susan Lightman (Governance Team - British Rowing) has just updated the Safeguarding Policy and will be updating more.

  • Have you incorporated the BR Codes of Conduct into your Membership packs.


Long Tern Considerations:


  • Mark Davies is promoting that his Ladders format might be a great way to come back to full rowing activities.

  • NCC will be reviewing the Competition Calendar in preparedness to reopen in a controlled way.

  • Review your Competitions and see what can be done to improve, amend or make it easier to restart (given what may come from the NCC).

  • Be aware that squads may not be ready to return to rowing (technically and physically). Plan a return to rowing training plan to ensure that they can. Consider health and fitness first.

  • contact your river authority to inform them of the water conditions, offer a hand if suitable, it might be a good club social gathering to start off. 

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