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Junior rowing

MRC is proud to have one of the most successful programs for junior rowing in the country. Our strong values and achievements ensure we can continue providing access to the sport of rowing for all.

We pride ourselves on our ever growing membership, winning where we compete, and our ‘ONE CLUB’ atmosphere. Our juniors begin their rowing careers at the age of 13 (year 8) and graduate at 18 (year 13). We cater for all abilities whether your aspiration is to represent Great Britian, or to participate in local regattas. We give our juniors every opportunity to succeed with a team of experienced and ambitious coaches, and a junior-dedicated boat bay within the club house that is home to our world-class fleet and equipment.

Over the years, Marlow has thoroughly supported juniors those seeking GB selection. We regularly send athletes to both the Junior Worlds and Coupe de la Jeunesse Regattas. In the most recent World Rowing Junior Championships in Tokyo, a Marlow athlete steered the women’s quad down the course. The women’s events at the Junior 16 GB vs France matches have also been dominated by the  Marlow juniors for the last 5 years. 

We understand the importance of our juniors’ education so we adopt a program which ensures their rowing complements their current studies, plus opening doors into the future. Many of our athletes go on to some of world’s best universities, including full scholarships to the USA. 

Training sessions are a mixture of land and water training. Weekends are usually water based, weather dependent, and weekdays are a mixture of ergos, circuits, running and strength and conditioning. Volume and intensity is dependent upon each squad, for example the J14’s train 3 times a week, and the J18’s train 6 days a week, including double sessions at weekends. 


‘Marlow has given me opportunites in sport which I never thought I would experience. I have fallen in love with rowing, the coaches are amazing, and I have made some lifelong friendships. Marlow has truly inspired me.’ – Melissa, WJ16 Squad.

‘The club is like a second home to me. Rowing challenges me and gives me structure to my day. It’s just a great place to be.’ – Amelie, WJ18 Squad.

‘I enjoy training at Marlow – the atmosphere is great, we have the latest equipment and a stretch of water to ourselves. I love being part of a squad, whilst being able to train and race competitively.’ – Niall, J18 Squad.

Junior Women

The junior womens’ squad has had great success for many years locally, nationally, and internationally. We set our targets high, with ambitions of medaling at National Schools and British Championships, along with winning Henley Womens’ Regatta, and Henley Royal Regatta. 

Our racing history is reflective of the successful provision of rowing the club provides. At Womens’ Henley Regatta, Marlow have reached finals since 2015, winning in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2019. The junior women have also been representing Great Britain in the GB vs France match since 2015. In 2019, Marlow were the first crew selected to race in the new addition W4+ event, alongside the W4-. 

Junior Men

The junior men at Marlow have been actively building their squad over the past few years in search of a repeat performance of the Fawley winning crew at Henley Royal Regatta in 2013. 

Their targets are to dominate the local head race and regatta scene, along with achieving top places in long-distance head races in the winter months, winning medals at the National Schools Regatta and British Junior Championships, and qualifying for Henley Royal Regatta. We also aspire to continue having crews and individual athletes selected to represent GB.