Henley Stewards Charitable Trust coach project

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Friday 20th July saw the beginning of some great summer weather, and the end of HSCT coach Phil Pring’s time working in his current role.

Phil organised an evening of racing to bring all three of his clubs together, held at Mounts Bay gig club in Marazion. Names were picked out of a hat and races staged with the impressive St.Michaels Mount forming a perfect backdrop for the evenings racing.

Around 20 juniors from Mounts Bay, Cape Cornwall and St.Ives gig clubs turned out for the event along with club volunteers and coxes. After the racing, Phil presented three young rowers with certificates for best attitude, most promising rower and most improved rower.

Thanks to all who helped run the evening!

Phil will continue with British Rowing offering support via Explore Rowing for the rest of the current Whole Sport Plan.

For more Information about the Henley Stewards Scholarship scheme and how YOU or YOUR club can be involved read on…………..



What is a HSCT coach?

Each Henley Stewards coach will undertake a postgraduate qualification and commit to coaching 20 hours a week with juniors in their assigned area. The post lasts for 2 years and is managed by British Rowing.

Who was/is the coach in the West Region?

Phil Pring has been placed with Mounts Bay, St. Ives and Cape Cornwall gig clubs since September 2010.  He also undertakes some regional duties such as helping to run schools competitions and camps.

How has the post gone?

Mounts Bay – The club already had a link set up with the school, so Phil has developed this work – offering extra sessions. Phil has also run a couple of projects with Penwith college for 16-18 year olds.

Cape Cornwall – Again, Phil worked with an existing club-school link. He has trained young leaders and developed a water based ‘learn to row’ course to bring juniors down on the water. Phil has worked with newly qualified coaches at the club to develop their skills.

St. Ives – After a slow start in 2010-11, Phil now has a small cohort of juniors learning to row on the water. There is now a link set up with St. Ives school, who now enter school teams in indoor rowing competitors.

Regional duties – Phil has helped the West Regional team run many events. These include:

  • Partnership, County and Regional indoor rowing competitions
  • Two 2 day Fixed Seat rowing camps
  • The Plymouth Rowing Forum corporate challenge
  • Delivery of a pilot ‘Marketing your club’ workshop

Additional qualifications – Phil has completed a postgraduate certificate in Marketing as part of the scholarship. In 2010 he completed a level 2 in fixed seat rowing and he has now also trained as a tutor for level 2 courses. He has also gained qualifications in minibus driving, tutoring junior rowing leaders awards, indoor rowing and powerboat driving. Most recently, Phil was selected to undergo training to become a level 2 tutor.

How do clubs benefit?

All clubs involved in this project have achieved ‘Clubmark’ status. They have had support to complete the file and implement policies and procedures relating to junior rowing. This implies that the club are of a set standard which will make them more attractive to potential new members and funding streams. The clubs have been able to have an extra pair of hands to do some development work and coaching at times when perhaps club coaches are not available (e.g after school / curriculum time).


How can I be a HSCT coach?

The coaching posts are advertised each year, usually in the Spring at www.britishrowing.org. The posts always run Sept to Sept. You will need to be a graduate and wanting to complete a postgraduate qualification.  Posts for 2012-2014 are filled; the West Region does not have one. However, it is hoped that the region will benefit from a coach in 2013-2015. You could contact Rhiannon.halliday@britishrowing.org for more information.

How can I be a host club?

Coaches work with 2-3 clubs, usually in close proximity to one another. Clubs will now need to have achieved Clubmark status by the time the coach is deployed. Your club will need to be willing to develop their junior rowing section. To register your interest please contact Rhiannon.halliday@britishrowing.org

A little bit from Phil Pring, HSCT coach 2010-2012

“The HSCT role has given me an enjoyable and challenging opportunity to develop the sport of rowing in Cornwall. During my time as a coach I have seen participation numbers increase, as well as an improvement in the organisational standards exhibited by local clubs. In addition to my coaching work, I have also been able to study for the Chartered Institute of Marketing Professional Certificate in Marketing, which has already come in useful within my current work, and will certainly aid in gaining future employment. I would recommend the HSCT role to anyone with an interest in developing the sport of rowing.”

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