Everyone who participates in rowing is entitled to do so in a safe and enjoyable environment. The club has recently renewed its Sports England Clubmark accreditation which ensures that, among a number of requirements, community sports clubs protect the well-being of everyone associated with them.
Every club member has a duty of care to ensure that their actions both on and off water does not compromise the safety of others. They must be familiar with the Club Safety Plan which outlines the rules and procedures the club has in place to minimize the risk of accidents. On the water crews should follow the Mrs Mersey’s Navigation Rules. If anyone has any queries or concerns they can contact Alec Glover, the Club Safety Adviser.
Individual events such as head races and regattas will prepare their own safety plans to cover the unique conditions related to the event. For Warrington Regatta and The Head of the Mersey these are available from the respective event pages.
Welfare covers the more general well-being of everyone associated with the club.
There are procedures in place to ensure that coaches are aware of any medical conditions which might affect participants and who to contact in an emergency. In addition, all clubs must follow British Rowing’s Safeguarding and Protecting Children Policy and Warrington Rowing Club also follows their guidance on how much and how often junior members should be rowing.
Christine Whitely is Warrington Rowing Club’s Welfare Officer and is the first point of contact for anyone with questions or concerns.