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Academy students hone their rowing skills on the River Mersey - 22/05/2018

Two rowing teams, made up of Year 9 students from University Academy Warrington, took to the water again recently with trainers from Warrington Rowing Club to work on their teamwork and synchronisation skills. 

Teams made up of both male and female students in Year 9 represent UAW at the Regatta each year after a season long training programme in collaboration with coaching staff from Warrington Rowing Club. Students learn a range of skills throughout the course which culminates in a competitive race against other schools across Warrington on Saturday 28th July 2018. 

Photographers were present for the recent session, taking pictures of the teams which will be on display at the Regatta. Also in attendance were David Cumberland, CEO for University of Chester Academies Trust, and Misia Barclay, Principal at University Academy Warrington, to congratulate the students on the progress they had made.

Misia Barclay, Principal at University Academy Warrington, commented: “I’m absolutely amazed at the confidence of our students when out in the racing boat. It certainly isn’t easy to learn how to row, but they show incredible grit and determination. It was great to spend an afternoon with them out on the water and see them in action. I would like to thank Ben, Phil and Richard for giving our pupils this opportunity. A huge thank you also to Mr Taylor, who mentors the group back in the Academy.” 

David Cumberland, CEO for University of Chester Academies Trust, said: “This is an incredibly important collaboration between the school and Warrington Rowing Club which offers our students unique opportunities and experiences. Spending time with the students was particularly pleasing, seeing how their hard work throughout the past year is finally coming to fruition. I wish them the best of luck in the competition.” 

Phil Lyons, a British Rowing Coach, commented: “The way the pupils have developed as a team has been most impressive. They are a mixed group of students that you may not have usually seen together in friendship groups but they have really bonded to form solid teams. They have learnt new skills over the past year and seem to be really engaged in the activity and it is great to see them enjoying themselves out on the water and next year we hope to increase the number of students involved.”