Club Development Information and Resources

iRow Coach and Athlete Development Grants 

Rowing Canada Aviron, with support from Sport Canada, has developed iRow Youth Club Programs which are focused on building awareness and increasing grassroots participation of rowing among youth. The goal of the 2016 grant program is to ensure that iRow Youth Programming is aligned with the NCCP Coach Education Program and supports the Athlete Development Pathway. Since the program's inception, RCA has distributed almost $265,000 in funds to over 43 clubs across Canada.

Each club can receive up to $2,500 towards their iRow Youth Programs. This program is designed to promote youth rowing in schools and in the community, to encourage coach education and to mentor youth athletes by instilling all of the key skills necessary in order to develop and grow as rowers.

Grant applications for the 2017 season will open in August.

For questions regarding the iRow Coach and Athlete Development Grants, please contact Colleen Miller.

The RCA CAN ROW Coaches Handbook was distributed to each Provincial Rowing Association for all Learn to Row and RCA Coach Workshops. Rowing clubs can also apply to receive this handbook for NCCP trained and active coaches. This handbook has been designed, with input from experts in the Canadian rowing community, will provide each coach with additional knowledge to teach the essential skills to new rowers. This handbook supports RCA’s Athlete Development Pathway and focuses on the needs of new rowers in the Learn to Train, Train to Train and Competitive for Life stages. 

Please contact Colleen Miller for more information.

The following are tools to assist in club development. See also our Regatta Manual in the Event Sanctioning section.


Ensuring your club has a good governance structure, with robust policies and procedures in place can allow you to prepare for any risks and manage them, as well as ensure the stability and sustainability of your club. It is impossible to avoid all risks but they can be managed with proper procedures in place.

The following are good examples of policies that other clubs or associations have in place. Use the following as a guide only, as the best policy for your club will be unique to your club’s values and membership. When crafting your club’s policies and procedures, you should take into consideration the relevant labour laws, funding requirements and most importantly, ensure a positive experience for all at your club.



For more information on Club Development Information and Resources please contact Colleen Miller.