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National Schools' Regatta 2022 Update

The NSR Committee is looking forward to being back at Dorney Lake for three days of racing from Friday 27th to Sunday 29th May 2022.

Last year’s regatta was organised very much with junior rowers in their last year of school in mind, as NSR wanted to ensure they had the opportunity to race after disruption to school and sport due to Covid. The NSR Committee is grateful to all our stakeholders, volunteers, and donors who made the regatta possible. However, NSR2021 operated with a substantial financial loss, one which cannot be repeated as it would endanger the future of the regatta.

NSR’s purpose is to provide a world-class National Junior Regatta to enable schools and clubs who develop junior boys and girls to showcase their potential in a safe and fair environment while in full time education. We see NSR as the final step towards club, student or international racing.

Everyone by now will be aware of rising prices, and the cost of organising our event has increased to over £150,000 and schools, clubs, coaches, parents, and supporters will notice a difference in some prices at the regatta. NSR 2022 will continue to offer a first-class racing and spectator experience, but the regatta will need to be a little different in places. As a not-for-profit organisation run by volunteers, we seek to assure financial stability of the event and not ‘make a profit’ from the 3-day regatta.

What do Coaches and Competitors get when they pay an entry fee?

A dedicated Competitor Only Area – with parking management, facilities management to ensure a safe and carefully operated competitor area with ability to move around easily on and off the landing area in front of the boathouse.

Pre-event Briefing – We offer regular communications and seek to respond to questions and queries all year. Once again, we will be offering a Pre-Event Briefing to ensure everyone has all the information they need to attend the regatta and support their crews to race as well as possible.

A first-class racing experience - means a well-organised regatta, staffed by over 100 experienced volunteers so we aim to ensure that every race takes place on time, safely.

Results Service – Latest technology is being used in order to deliver clear and accurate results as swiftly as possible which will provide coaches and competitors information they need to review performance.

Facilities – toilets, water stations, dedicated area for competitors.

Recycling and Waste Management – we offer a comprehensive recycling and waste management system. We encourage every competitor to think about what they bring to the regatta and to recycle, reuse and bring only the food they needed. Waste management and rubbish clearance is a huge cost to the event.

Free Car Parking – competitors and coaches do not pay to park on site.

University Campus Zone - access to the a community of university boat clubs who want to welcome potential club members. Find out how junior rowers can continue to enjoy sport.

Regatta Village – access to some of the best rowing suppliers in the UK – Free access.

Row Show - dedicated area for boat and blade repairs for all competing crews.

Medals and Trophies – the secure and safe-keeping of over 45 trophies awarded to every event. High quality, coveted, medals for 1st, 2nd 3rd placed crews in every event.

Race Commentary – Spectators and junior rowing fans do not need to be onsite to enjoy all the racing. This year NSR will be providing Live Radio Commentary. This facility is delivered by an expert volunteer team who are first class and who will be able to provide an informed and entertaining descriptive of all the events.

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