Prince Harry launches Row2Recovery Programme

Prince Harry launches the new Row2Recovery Programme at the River & Rowing Museum

Row2Recovery is best known for two successful and inspiring rows across the Atlantic Ocean in 2011 and 2013.

The desire to build on the success of these incredible endeavours and to create a lasting legacy project has resulted in the development of the next stage of Row2Recovery’s plan. The Henley River & Rowing Museum was delighted to invite Prince Harry to officially launch a new rowing programme in the UK.

Thanks to a recent grant from The Endeavour Fund, created by The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince HarryRow2Recovery are now able to launch a domestic rowing programme that will help to introduce wounded, injured and sick service personnel and veterans into the sport as well as to aid in the development of those who show promise to reach the levels of elite competition.

Row2Recovery work in partnership with ‘British Rowing’, ‘Help for Heroes’ and ‘Battleback’ to help introduce new rowers into the sport from the Recovery Centre at Tedworth House  and from the Defence Military Rehabilitation Centre at Headley Court .  Row2Recovery and British Rowing plan to extend this programme to clubs close to Recovery Centres at Catterick, Colchester and Plymouth.

The recent grant from The Endeavour Fund will be used to improve the facilities at Guildford Rowing Club and Marlow Rowing Club with specialist equipment that will allow nearly anyone, despite physical injury, to enjoy the sport of rowing and to use it to enhance their own recovery pathway.

Marlow Rowing Club, which has Sir Steve Redgrave CBE as its President, will be providing all their facilities and expert coaching to Row2Recovery for free.  British Rowing are providing a full time England Talent Pathway Coach and expert assistance to this project.

With Indoor Rowing featuring as an event at Invictus Games in September 2014, this truly is an exciting time for the sport.