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Henley Royal Regatta

Henley Royal Regatta (23 June – 2nd July) Following in the footsteps of last year’s GB pair of Maisie and Zoe that raced in a composite in the Town Challenge Cup, ASRA took the leap into fielding its very first full ASRA Henley Royal Regatta crews. The club headed south with two crews pre-qualified from previous results: a Girls 8+ in the Prince Phillip Challenge Trophy and a Boys 4+ in the Britan...

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10 April 2024
ASRA Holiday Learn to Row Program - Summer 2024   We invite applications for the following Learn to Row course from young people who are in Secondary  education.   LTR 1: 8th to 12th July Mon – Fri: 13:00 – 17:00 Applications close Fri...
02 December 2023
Braving the below freezing conditions of Rutherford on 2nd December, ASRA entered nine different crews into seven different events, winning four of them. It was a successful first division for the J18s with four of the ASRA boys - Henrik G, Callum S,...
30 November 2023
At the Inverness HOR ASRA took a large contingent of athletes up to race in one of the most competitive junior events in the Scottish calendar in a long time - 26 entries into OJ18 1x alone! The huge entry was in large part due to the reinstating of ...
13 November 2023
Henley Royal Regatta (23 June – 2nd July) Following in the footsteps of last year’s GB pair of Maisie and Zoe that raced in a composite in the Town Challenge Cup, ASRA took the leap into fielding its very first full ASRA Henley Royal Regatta crews. T...
16 July 2023
The British Rowing Junior Championships (BRJC) was held at Strathclyde Park on 14-16 July.  Aberdeen Schools Rowing Association made the most of the event’s proximity this year to take a team of 14 boys and 21 girls to compete in a number of eve...

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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.