Dear <<First Name>>,
I hope you are keeping well during this first part of Lockdown 2.
You will know of my involvement with the Junior section of the Club since 2003 - or if you didn't, you do now! As Junior coordinator, and particularly now as Captain, I was always aware that the Club is more than just one section and indeed I've welcomed those red-board moments when we invite adult members to join the juniors in ergo relay challenges. That seems a long time ago now, in a different world. Hey ho.
Members will perhaps know that our Juniors are still being 'worked' hard with dedication during this lockdown from colleagues in the Junior coaching team: Kostas & Holly for the J16s, Scott for the WJ16s, and Head Coach Matt for the J13-15 group. We are spending many hours running circuits over Google Meet and Zoom, and ergo pieces in the Ergworld group 'rooms' keeping the dream alive.
But we do not want to forget our adult members who are frustrated that they have been denied the chance to row, just as the river returns to a reasonable state to do so.
Whilst we don't yet have the opportunity to offer 'live' coached sessions for Seniors/Masters, after discussion between myself and my Vice Captains, we have decided to sign up for a one-year subscription to Decent Rowing, a detailed and in-depth online coaching resource for all ages.
So here's the deal.
Decent Rowing is an Australian coaching resource that has a wealth of video tutorials; there is something for everyone who wants to learn. You just have to forgive the funny way they speak... but at least the videos aren't upside-down.
This is one login for all club members and coaches. It's available, free-of-charge, to Juniors and Seniors alike. Any number can login at once. Take a look at what's available. Have some fun and share with other members/your crews/your squads:
- For those who are on the water (remember those days?), there are lots of drills to give focus to a technical session;
- For those rather more ergo based, again, lots of good input to help improve right from the very basic first steps;
- And also core, stretching and other advice for rowers to train at home.
Please sign up for their newsletter so that you get alerts for new videos as they are added. It’s quite fun to have a video arrive when you were just wondering what to focus on next…!
Don't forget that our very own Kay also runs two Pilates sessions a week: 19:30 on Wednesdays (45 minutes) and an hour session at 10:00 on Saturdays. To access this (also) free resource, click on bit.ly/WEY-Do-Pilates NO LATER than 5 minutes before the session start time. Once the session starts Kay can't keep breaking off to admit late-comers.
Plenty to do in lockdown - read, sleep, eat cake - and get to grips with that niggling glitch in your stroke that you never seem to have time to research.
Please let me know how you get on. We have access for a year after which time we will review if it's being used... or not!
All best wishes,