Rowing Ireland are delighted to announce the launch of the Club Culture Toolkit. This toolkit aims to assist clubs to achieve a great club culture and improve gender equality through a 12 step process. 

This toolkit was designed through a process of research with the membership of Rowing Ireland via a survey of over 1150 members including junior rowers, masters rowers, senior rowers, coaches and committee members. The results highlighted gaps between the genders in terms of perceptions and attitudes. Positive club culture and gender equality practices are essential for progressive Rowing Ireland clubs.

A series of workshops will be held to support clubs through the process. These will be led by the women in sport officer and expert external facilitator Dave Denieffe. 

  • January 17th information session
  • February 21st 
  • April 18th 
  • September 5th 
  • November 21st (sign up HERE)

The research project began in November 2021 after a successful application to the innovative research scheme by Sport Ireland and Healthy Ireland in the Sport Ireland Research Strategy 2021. Rowing Ireland worked together with Leading Sport Agency on this project to lead the research and the project was completed in November 2022. 

A series of workshops supporting clubs in implementation and use of the toolkit will take place throughout 2023, with the Rowing Ireland Women in Sport officer, Ceara O’Connor, and facilitator and sports governance expert Dave Denieffe Vice-President, Academic Affairs at South East Technological University and Club Development specialist. Each workshop is different so attendance at each is important.

A full research report accompanying the toolkit can be downloaded below.

Michelle Carpenter, CEO of Rowing Ireland had this to say about the Club Culture Toolkit: 

‘’ Rowing Ireland are thrilled to have completed this significant project that will support our clubs. Thank you to everyone who took part and provided valuable insights. The vast array of our membership who took the time to input into this shows the importance for everyone involved in our clubs.

This toolkit will now support our clubs to develop their own club culture strategies and refresh their club culture. I am delighted that this initiative will further support our clubs by providing recommendations on how to influence culture and ensure greatest lifelong participation with the club and our sport. 

I want to thank Sport Ireland for once again supporting us in funding this exciting project under the Women in Sport initiative. A huge thank you to Ceara O’Connor who supported and took the lead in completing this project. Thank you also Claire Lambe who supported the project with the collaboration of Maeve Buckley. The findings of the project will provide great insight for our clubs as we strive to support them.

Funding came from Sport Ireland and Healthy Ireland in the Sport Ireland Research Strategy 2021. Rowing Ireland were successful in receiving funding from this research scheme. 

Nora Stapleton, Women in Sport Lead at Sport Ireland had this to say about the toolkit: ‘’ 

The Rowing Ireland Club Culture Research Project is one of the few projects of this nature to be delivered by an NGB but perhaps one of the most important. While the research analysis highlighted several positives within clubs, it also highlighted gaps between the genders in terms of perceptions and attitudes, particularly in relation to inequality perceived by female coaches and how they are treated, as well as females not feeling comfortable in providing honest feedback to the club leadership. Positive club culture and gender equality practices are essential for progressive clubs in Ireland today and Rowing Ireland have taken an innovative approach to addressing these issues. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed being part of this worthwhile project and I’m looking forward to seeing the toolkit being implemented across clubs in Ireland. I think this project has highlighted the value of conducting projects on your club culture and perhaps something other NGB’s might consider.

All this information has been emailed to Rowing Ireland club secretaries also. Any questions or queries can be directed to


On January 17th our Club Culture Toolkit will be launched and available to download on the Rowing Ireland website. An introductory information session will be available to all clubs that evening Tuesday the 17th at 7.00pm-8.00pm.

The club culture toolkit has been designed through research funded by Healthy Ireland and Sport Ireland with exceptional engagement in the research from Rowing Ireland’s membership in all category types of membership.

The workshop will introduce the toolkit and outline the rollout of a series of supports available to all clubs throughout 2023 in implementation and use of the toolkit.

Please ensure you have attendance from 1 member of your committee so you don’t miss out on this invaluable opportunity to grow and improve your club in 2023 and beyond.

This form will be closed at 5pm on Tuesday evening so please ensure you have registered prior to that. The Zoom link will be sent again at 5pm to everyone who has registered.

Today, Rowing Ireland launches their Club Culture Survey.

This survey is part of a research project, supported and funded by Healthy Ireland and Sport Ireland. The aim of the research is to understand the impact of club culture on a person’s long term involvement in rowing, with a particular focus on gender inclusivity and equality. 

Through the survey, we want to hear from as many members and former members of the rowing community in Ireland as possible. We ask that you complete the survey and also share with your current and former club members. 

The aim of the survey is to:

  • Understand how club culture can be influenced to create a positive inclusive environment for all members
  • Develop an evidence informed toolkit for clubs to positively influence culture
  • Positively influence longer term outcomes for gender equality in rowing

There are individual spot prizes for completed surveys and each participant’s club will be entered into a draw for a €500 voucher for OarSport. The more members to complete the survey, the greater your club’s chance to win. 

Complete survey here.

All results will be anonymised and aggregated. Please note, to participate in this survey you must be aged 16 or older.


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