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Our Favourite Projects Around Europe: London Youth Rowing in the United Kingdom

November 2017

Rowing to help disadvantaged young people – this is the challenge tackled by London Youth Rowing in the United Kingdom. Discover their project!

Founded in 2004, the charity London Youth Rowing (LYR) offers disadvantaged young people an opportunity to practice the sport of rowing. It harnesses the team-building power of sport to develop the skills of the 14 and 15-year-olds it supports through its Breaking Barriers programme, which combines rowing and mentoring.

The project is organised around three aims: the practice of rowing, often perceived as an elitist sport, development of practical skills and helping the young people learn soft, i.e. behavioural, skills.

LYR strives to improve the physical and moral wellbeing of the young people involved and also enables them to increase their self-esteem and personal discipline. The goal of the programme is to boost their confidence and give them the means to achieve their aspirations, particularly on the professional level.

London Youth Rowing assesses the progress made by its beneficiaries through a psychometric questionnaire (MTQ48) that measures mental resilience. The girls and boys who complete the 12-week programme obtain better scores.

Clément Guerrero (on the left of the picture, standing with Andy Smith, Programme Director), project controller with VINCI Construction Grands Projets, sponsors London Youth Rowing. Every week he devotes several hours of his time to support the charity's young beneficiaries as a mentor for kids.

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