Our Life Skills program is delivered through LYR’s Active Row which reaches over 5,000 young people from London, Leeds, and Nottingham.  Our measure of success is for our young people to be engaged in activity and develop life skills transferable to all aspects of life.   

Each one of our sessions strives to educate young people on one of the five life skills: aiming high, staying positive, teamwork, problem solving and leadership. This includes programmes that develop our team of coaches, helping to build a generation of skilled rowing coaches with a mindset focused on making rowing, and sport in general, more inclusive. Through our coach development program, we teach the importance of these skills and ways to incorporate them into rowing sessions, allowing the coaches to use their own creativity to adapt their sessions and ingrate these learnings.  

LYR uses the Skills Builder framework to structure, track and reflect this development, with students focusing on developing a key life each school half term.  In addition, pupils at schools on the Active Row programme can take part in termly skills development and employability workshops run with LYR's corporate partners. This is a key aspect to demonstrate how essential these skills are used in the working world. We aim to link our empowered and motivated students with companies who can inspire them to seek successful careers and reach their potential.   We also produce video content relating to careers and key skills on the LYR Life Skills portal. The videos below are shown to our students to demonstrate how each skill is transferrable into different workplaces.

LYR's Life Skills

Key Life skills learnt through rowing

Companies that value your Life skills

See how your skills are employed

Who values these skills

Carrers using life skills

Coaches' Corner

Meet our coaches

Our coaches not only teach young people how to row but that education is a lifelong pursuit and the learnings never stop. Each coach comes to us from a different background with a different story. We aim to foster our coaches to development and encourage them to grow and share their life skills with us and the young people they interact with.  

Here are some of their thoughts, memories, and pieces of advice…  

Simone Wetherall

LYR Programmes Coach, SEND Lead

Alex Walsh

LYR Programmes Coach, Youth Club and Other Partners Lead ‍

Kieran Langridge

LYR Programmes Coach, AP Programme Lead 

Matilda Haines

LYR Programmes Coach

Lawrence Farquharson

LYR Senior Coach & Network Schools Manager

Ewan Muir

LYR Talent Inclusion Lead

Owen Shephard-Wyatt

LYR East On-Water Manager & Active Paddle Lead

Rebecca Clephan

LYR Leeds Programme Coach

Trevor Rainbow

LYR Nottingham Programme Coach

Samuel Ogundana

LYR Programmes Coach, Islington Lead

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This website has been built around the The Skills Builder Universal Framework, Ravenscroft, T.M. (2020), Skills Builder Universal Framework of Essential Skills, London: Skills Builder Partnership at www.skillsbuilder.org/framework

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