Last night (25 October) the Parliamentary Rowing Group heard from Lea Rowing Club in Westminster.
At the meeting, Members of Parliament were joined by individual associate members, as well as rowing clubs and other organisations.
Representatives from Lea Rowing Club made a presentation focusing on the operation and development of an inner city rowing club, and there was discussion of what more could be done to support rowing in cities across the UK.
Speaking after the meeting, Group Co-Chair and Member of Parliament for Hendon, Dr Matthew Offord MP, said “Members of the Group were delighted to welcome Lea Rowing Club to Parliament, and hear about their work to develop rowing in Hackney, London. Rowing is a fantastic sport which provides opportunities for people to get active, and the Parliamentary Rowing Group is committed to supporting the development of the sport wherever possible.”
Richard Ellis from Lea Rowing Club added “it was a great privilege to meet with MPs and Peers in Parliament and discuss Lea Rowing club’s work, the APPG has already been a powerful ally in keeping our river rowable. The club is thriving, opened a new boathouse in 2016 and has built deeper links with the local community which has helped to support the further development of our juniors. We have a clear and ambitious strategy for the future and we look forward to providing even more opportunities for people to row in East London.”