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Double Gold in Munich for ASRA Athletes

At the 2022 Munich International Junior Regatta held on the Oberschleissheim Olympic rowing course on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th of May, Aberdeen Schools Rowing Association athletes Zoe Beeson and Maisie Aspinall both struck gold twice as members of the GB Under 19 rowing squad. On Saturday in the A Final of the Junior Women’s Coxless Fours event, the GB Four - Annalisa Janss Lafond (Tideway Scul...

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05 June 2022
Another successful year at the 2022 Scottish Rowing Championships has come and gone for ASRA with plenty of gold and silver medals collected across the two days. ASRA won ten golds and nine silvers over the weekend with some outstanding performances ...
29 May 2022
At the prestigious annual National Schools Regatta on the Olympic course at Dorney Lake, Eton, on the 28th & 29th May, 5 crews from the Aberdeen Schools Rowing Association joined 5000 of Great Britain’s best young rowers to compete for national t...
23 May 2022
ASRA Holiday Learn to Row Program - Summer 2022 We invite applications for the following Learn to Row course from young people who are in Secondary education. LTR 1: 4th to 8th July            &n...
08 May 2022
At the 2022 Munich International Junior Regatta held on the Oberschleissheim Olympic rowing course on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th of May, Aberdeen Schools Rowing Association athletes Zoe Beeson and Maisie Aspinall both struck gold twice as members of...
24 April 2022
The GB Rowing Team Under 19 Regatta took place on Sunday 24th April at Holme Pierrepont, Nottingham, with Scotland’s junior rowers excelling despite the challenging circumstances. In the women’s pairs event, ASRA's Maisie Aspinall and Zoe Beeson...

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JUNIOR ROWING has taken place on the lower reaches of the River Dee since 1960 and owes its initial development to the enthusiasm of the schoolmasters of the then Aberdeen Academy. It has existed in its present form since the creation of the Aberdeen Schools Rowing Association (ASRA) in 1973 by Mr Bryan Steel and Mr Robert Newton, masters-in-charge of the Hazlehead (formerly Aberdeen) Academy and Aberdeen Grammar School Rowing Clubs respectively, with the aim of forming a more powerful junior rowing squad to represent Aberdeen in regattas throughout the UK.

At present ASRA provides equipment and coaching for both rowing and sculling for young people up to the age of nineteen, whether or not they are involved in full-time education. Our current membership is drawn predominantly from North East Primary & Secondary Schools, but includes College and University juniors. All coaching is carried out by British and/or Scottish Rowing accredited coaches. ASRA is an entirely independent sporting body and is a registered Service Provider to both Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen City Councils. Within ASRA there are two distinct membership groups, of which the first and larger competes in all age categories from JU12 to JU18 at regattas across Britain and abroad. ASRA members regularly feature in finals at British and Home International Championships. The second group is purely recreational.

Conduct on and off the water is subject to three sets of Safety Regulations. The first is issued by our governing body, Scottish Rowing and the second by the Outdoor Education Departments of Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire County Councils. The third and most important from a local point of view is ASRA's own H & S policy.

Rowers and qualified coaches are covered for personal accident and third party liability on payment of the annual Rowing Licence fee to Scottish Rowing. Since March 2001 ASRA has boated from a new purpose built boathouse, made possible by the good offices of the National Lottery, Aberdeen Asset Management and Aberdeen Harbour Board, as well as the contributions of a host of individual well-wishers.

In October 2007 ASRA received an award of £269,773 from the Big Lottery - Young people fund.