Come and Try Over 55s Programme

by Kinghorn Coastal Rowing Club in Kinghorn, Scotland, United Kingdom

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Come and Try Over 55s - get more people 55 and over involved in coastal rowing; getting fit, having fun and avoiding isolation.

by Kinghorn Coastal Rowing Club in Kinghorn, Scotland, United Kingdom

Kinghorn Coastal Rowing Club has brought coastal rowing to Kinghorn which has been a fabulous enhancement to our beautiful coastal village. We row in the sea during the summer and at Kinghorn Loch during the winter months .We’re delighted to be able to offer people of all ages and from all parts of the community the opportunity to take part in this fabulous activity. The Community Club have built a community asset in our skiff 'Yolande'.  

The first  video above shows us on Kinghorn Loch in the winter months and the sun is shining! In the video below  our  vocal! young supporters are encouraging the Kinghorn rowers during a regatta which has the  World Heritage Forth Rail Bridge in the background .  

Our club has received huge support from the people of Kinghorn and the surrounding community and we would like repay some of that support through our Come and Try Over 55s programme which will specifically target those in the community over age 55 to take part in coastal rowing.  This programme will encourage  and support some people, and renew interest in rowing and water sports for older people in the community who think "they cannot do it" . Some members are involved in the active social side of the club, ,fundraising nights and often travel  and enjoy a full day of interaction as non rowers with other clubs  and supporters at regattas and event  photography.

 "Kinghorn Dolphins" were spotted  below - we were so lucky !

Currently our club has members of all ages up to and over 70 and during a  Come and Try session we were delighted to welcome a gentleman of over 80 who had previously been involved with fishing boats earlier in his life, his family noted it had been a fantastic experience for him. 

We will utilise the skills and experience of our current club members including those who are over 55, they in turn will encourage their peer group in the community to become involved.

Our Come and Try Over 55s programme will improve the physical health and wellbeing of those who take part, as well helping them to learn new skills and socialise more, make new friends and help to avoid isolation, a major issue for many older people.   Our club members and volunteers will host the events and we will provide all the necessary health and safety equipment such as lifejackets and vital safety briefings using their training and expertise.  Not only will this benefit those taking part for the first time our club members will improve their facilitation and training skills. 

The Tay

From previous experience 10% of those who 'Come and Try' continue to row regularly with the club e.g. if 250 local people from throughout the community 'Come and Try' we would hope that 25 would go onto regularly take part in rowing throughout the year. 

The Tweed

Women over 55 have been shown to especially benefit from taking part in an activity such as rowing, as studied by St Andrews University in their project "Rowing the Waves" undertaken on behalf of Scottish Coastal Rowing Association.  This project examined the popularity and impact rowing had had on different age categories of women as well as the popularity and community aspects of rowing.

Kinghorn Coastal Rowing Club were thrilled to participate in this project holding workshops and helping to gather data, this experience has built lasting friendships. The club has a letter of support from the University study.

 Below- showing "Beautiful Kinghorn" in the background.

Whilst this project focuses on the over 55 age group Kinghorn Coastal Rowing Club are keen to encourage participation from all age groups (>12 years old) and all sections of the community.  By supporting Kinghorn Coastal Rowing Club you will be encouraging community cohesion as well as helping people to learn new skills, get fit and healthy, make friends, avoid social isolation and most of all have fun! 

Inchkeith Island , a bird crossing with us !

Inchkeith Island "landing party"

The links below show the Stranraer World Championships 2019 where our club was represented

It was not all hard work in competition at Stranraer !

Another project we have previously been involved with was with young women in partnership with The Cottage Family Centre Kirkcaldy. The project was successful and was  based at the Kinghorn Loch in the winter months .Many of the women involved at that time still row with the club and they  were presented with free Assoc. membership for 3 years at the end of the project. 

below  A SportScotland  video follows the women's project 



By using this  crowdfunding platform K.C.R.C. hope to have your support and also are applying for access to a national grant fund. This fund is  from  the  Legal and General National fund for projects that amplify life for those aged over 55 .



This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

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