Changing lives
through a sport for all

Changing lives
through a sport for all

The East Anglia Youth Rowing Programme introduces rowing to a wide range of students at state schools in East Anglia. Many may not have considered rowing as a sport for them, we see it as a sport for all.

Our aim is to foster inclusion, challenge and aspiration.
Through a combination of indoor rowing at schools, water sessions at local clubs, and holiday rowing activity camps, we aim to broaden the range of people joining our sport.

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Rowing is the ultimate team sport. It connects people of all ages and backgrounds. It is a sport that is often a home to those who haven’t connected with other sports.


Rowing develops skill and athleticism. No matter what level people achieve, there are always rewarding challenges.


Rowing builds self-esteem, self-confidence and resilience. For some it can be life changing.

The EAYR programme is built on partnerships between schools and local clubs. We currently work in Cambridge at the City of Cambridge Rowing Club, at Sudbury Rowing Club, in Ely at Isle of Ely Rowing Club and are expanding links with many other clubs in East Anglia. The program is supported by the Henley Royal Regatta Charitable Trust, British Rowing's Eastern Region Rowing Council and LoveRowing, the British Rowing charitable foundation.

Our Team


Programme Manager / Coach

Susannah Cass

Susannah Cass

Susannah learnt to row on the River Cam as an undergraduate student before representing Cambridge in the Boat Race. She has coached at school, college and university level, and worked as a Community Coach for the Rowing Ireland GetRowing indoor programme. As a record breaking Ocean Rower and youth Expedition Leader, Susannah brings a passion for outdoor education and youth development to this role. Her academic background in environmental science, and Secondary Science teacher training, mean Susannah is also keen to develp STEM links within the EAYR curriculum.


Omar Terrywall

Omar learned to row at City of Cambridge Rowing Club and currently runs the club’s beginners squad.


Chris Radbone

Chris learnt to row at Hills Road Sixth Form College and Cantabrigian Rowing Club. He went on to compete and coach for Cardiff University, before returning to Cambridge to work with numerous schools, colleges and clubs. Chris is a Vice President of Cantabs RC, and was recognised as a Rising Star in the British Rowing Awards 2021.


Tony Nelder

President of City of Cambridge Rowing Club, Tony learned to row while he was a pupil of Netherhall School in Cambridge and has been at the heart of the Cambridge rowing scene for many years.

Andrew Blit

Andrew learnt to row at school and has been a member of Sudbury RC since 1996. Having served his club in various capacities Andrew is currently Chair of Eastern Region Rowing Council, has been Regional Representative and sat on BR Audit & Risk Committee. In life outside rowing Andrew is a Director (Trustee) of a Multi Academy Trust providing primary education in 21 academies across Suffolk.

Chris Newland

Chris is currently vice chair of Isle of Ely Rowing Club. He learnt to row at St Ives RC whilst a pupil at the St Ivo School. He has previously been heavily involved at both St Ives and Huntingdon Rowing Club. He is a BR umpire and is Managing Director of Global partnership Ltd.

Carmen Failla

Carmen learned to row as a junior at Star Club in Bedford and went on to compete at Syracuse University. She has coached at schools in Bedford and is currently Head Rowing Coach at St Catherine’s College, Cambridge.



Seb Walker

Seb Walker was previously the Captain at City of Cambridge RC and is currently a British Rowing Regional Representative for the Eastern Region. He is also a director at Tricumen Ltd.


Sam Luke

Sam Luke is the Fleet Manager at City of Cambridge RC and Vice President EMEA Services at Illumina Inc.

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