Posted: 15 December 2022

As 2022 draws to a close Scottish Rowing is delighted to have had two of its community-based projects recognised in local authority awards. 

Firhill Youth Project & Community Sports Hub have been awarded two major awards, the Glasgow Sports ‘Community Project of the Year Award’ and the Pride of Queens Cross ‘Community Health and Well-being Award,’ recently due to their investment in helping the young people in North Glasgow stay active and develop new skills by increasing accessibility to water-sports and other educational activities. 


The project, who are partnered with Scottish Rowing, Partick Thistle Football Club, Glasgow Life and Glasgow Kayak Club, is based in one of the most deprived areas of Scotland, where there is limited provision for any sports or physical activity for young people. They understand the necessity for young people to have meaningful opportunities to become active and stay active within their local community, and it is the projects mission to help break down the barriers that currently hinder participation. Utilising rowing and kayaking as a catalyst, their approach, which is based on a Positive Youth Development Framework, is geared towards the provision of positive sport experiences. 

These experiences are integral for promoting and sustaining youths’ participation in sport and physical activity. By adopting this approach, the aim is to contribute towards better physical and mental health, increased self-confidence, connectedness, and positive skill development. This enables the participants to feel better equipped to positively progress in life and in a way that is meaningful and relevant to them. To achieve this the project works with Active Schools and multiple local charities, housing associations and youth groups to get people out on the water and enjoying the outdoors. They also run a core group that attend the project twice a week to take part in rowing, multi-sports and other educational activities.
This year has been a huge one for FYP & CSH, they became a fully registered SCIO which has allowed the project to grow exponentially. The project has also been able to build on its previous good work, being awarded grants from the Glasgow Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund, Glas-glow Up, Glasgow Life – Sport and Activity Fund 2022 & Coach and Officials Award and The Love Rowing Foundation. These grants have allowed FYP & CSH to increase the number of free sessions by 21% to over 400 and allowed a new Summer camp to be set up allowing young people in the area to access a sport they otherwise would not be able to try. The camp supported local young people to maintain safe activity during the school holidays, ultimately promoting and sustaining positive sporting experiences within the North Glasgow community.It is clear to see that the work this project puts in place is more than deserving of these two awards. 



We are very excited to continue to support this project and we cannot wait to see how they continue to grow and excel in the years to come. Well done to all those involved in making the Firhill Youth Project & Community Sports Hub so exceptional. 

The River Ayr Rowing Project, a Scottish Rowing lead youth work initiative, was the winner of the Initiative of the Year at the South Ayrshire Active Schools Sports Awards



The River Ayr Rowing Project started in April this year and is based on the River Ayr in the Craigie Campus. The calm and sheltered waters allowed the project to run until October with participants taking full advantage of the opportunity to take part in this new initiative.



The project was established to serve the needs of the Ayr North Community and has seen Scottish Rowing introducing young people to the sport of rowing providing new skills, positive outdoor experiences and increased physical activity.


The project initially started as an after-school rowing project with pupils from Ayr Academy but by the start of the summer, had extended to working with participants including Young Carers through South Ayrshire Social Care, apprentices at Ayrshire College, the Princes Trust, pupils from Ayr Academy, Ayrshire College Hive Group and the Duke of Edinburgh Award. Due to the spate of the river in the winter months, the project only runs in the summer months however it is hoped that next year, indoor training will be added into the programme for over the winter months.