The CPGA statement of 16th March remains in place.

Whilst we understand all want to get back in the boat, currently it is still not the time to do so. Within the gig you are unable to social distance (please remember a gig is a 6 oared, coxed boat), health and hygiene along with many other issues to consider.

All rowing activities involving gigs / GRP boats continue to be suspended due to the requirements of social distancing. We will continue to keep this matter under review.

Clubs with gyms / ergos are reminded that the government has still not given the green light for opening / use of these facilities.

Please continue to monitor the following:
NHS Information
Government Covid Information

Begin to plan your safe return to club use and rowing, when its possible to do so.

We are monitoring the situation and guidance that is being issued.


Development work for the sport of gig rowing has continued throughout the difficult times surrounding Covid-19. Last year CPGA representatives presented Cornwall Council with a strategic document outlining the sport and opportunities for growth. Consequently, Cornwall Council awarded the CPGA a grant for to develop planning for the future of the sport. It is envisaged that a clearly communicated plan will enable local authorities, grant bodies and other stakeholders to identify opportunities for collaboration and investment in the sport.

Before making plans the CPGA Trustees felt it was most important to better understand the status and needs of Gig Clubs and a survey was issued. Thank you to everybody who put in such a lot of effort to fill in the first survey of our Clubs. There were 71 responses from 82 clubs which means that the findings have a good statistical reliability. Consultant, Kevin Brownridge of Perfect Moment along with Claire Tripp is currently analysing the data and will be discussing the findings in details with Trustees.

Some headline figures from the survey so far:

  • The sport has a healthy balance of well-established clubs over 20 years old (47%) and 19% being new clubs less than five years old showing plenty of continuing growth.
  • The main challenges clubs face are (in order):
    Attracting and retaining members
    Attracting sponsorship
    Lack of qualified coaches
    Need to improve quality of premises
    Lack of race coxes
  • Overall clubs report they feel positive on facing challenges with only 14% scoring themselves low on how well they feel equipped to meet challenges.
  • 84% of clubs felt quite or very positive about the future of their club.
    Clubs do have an important role to play in their communities with 80% of clubs stating they have worked with a range of other organisations.
  • 78% of clubs have websites.
  • 62% of clubs reported their turnover have grown by more than 5% over the past 5 years.
  • Interestingly on 43% of clubs think they will grow turnover by more than 5% in next five years.
  • In the last five years 28 clubs have invested more than £10k in GRP boats, and 43 have invested more than £10k in wooden boats (20 between £20k and £30k) – probably more than £1.25m in total.
  • Members subscriptions form by far the highest proportion of income across the clubs with sponsorship and crowdfunding forming a relatively low proportion of income.
  • Across the sport clubs are increasing their accessibility with; 39% of clubs catering for groups of people with mental health issues, 28% for people with learning disabilities, 27% for people with physical disabilities; 24% for people with hearing impairments and 22% for people with visual impairments. 34% of clubs stated that they did not cater for any groups with special requirements.

Once the survey figures have been analysed, they will be used alongside other supporting information to shape plans for the future.

In these unprecedented times, it has become even more pressing to identify ways to best support the gig clubs and individuals who make gig rowing happen across the country.


We are all aware that no rowing has been able to take place since the 16th March.
We are therefore not requiring a June register unless you wish to submit one due to changes to your membership.

Please remember that there were changes to the format of the 2020 Rowing Register, follow the link and download the doc – Insert-Club Name – CPGA Rowing Reg March 2020

There are still some clubs with outstanding rowing registers due for March. See table below.

No Register Submitted Submitted but requires amendment
Calstock St Ives


With lots of shopping being done online now, please share with your membership the link below.

If you purchase anything from Amazon, please do so via the link and the CPGA do get a donation.

Get shopping Amazon Smile.

This can also be applied when purchasing via a mobile app.


Thanks to all those who are continuing to recycle to the benefit of the environment and the CPGA, with potentially more people working from home, there may be more items ready for recycling.

Anyone who hasn’t yet, here is a great opportunity to recycle an item that most homes, offices etc have.
Please read the following and where possible, spread the word about recycling for the CPGA.

It’s been great to hear that many clubs have gained funding through emergency grants eg Sport England (as mentioned in this update).

We have also been informed that some clubs have been lucky enough to receive discretionary funding from local councils. So do check out your local council / district council / borough council / town council and see if they can offer any form of funding help.

In the table below are a some of the main council bodies.

Council Council Council
Cornwall Council Dorset Council East Sussex County Council
Devon County Council Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole Council London (Richmond)
Torbay Council Somerset Council Oxfordshire County Council
Plymouth City Council Bristol City Council Essex County Council
North Devon Council Hamphire County Council Norfolk County Council










During this time, we are all having to adapt to a new ‘normal’.
Take a look at the resources that you can find on the Club Matters website, these might be useful to your club. Below are only a couple of examples:

Some clubs have mentioned AGMs being caught in the lockdown. Take a look at this resource.

  • Emergency financial planning, we are all aware that this is having an effect on income for clubs, but what is the true cost.

Many clubs have been successful at applying for emergency grants, so if you haven’t applied, do have a look and see which are applicable to your club’s situation.

Check out the list of grant funders. There is quite a list here, so please do have a read through and see what ones are specific to your particular club/situation/area.

Also continue to monitor your local ‘Active Partnership’ as they have signposting for local info as well as national. All information regarding grant funding can be found on the Covid-19 webpage.

Please note that the Sport England Emergency fund is currently on a temporary pause to new applications.


AGM 2021 17th January, 2021 Venue TBC