All-Party Parliamentary Group for Rowing hears from AHOY Centre in Westminster

Last night (12 February) the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Rowing heard from representatives of the AHOY Centre in Westminster.

MPs and Peers were joined by honorary and associate members of the Group, and heard about the AHOY Centre’s work to provide opportunities for disadvantaged and at-risk youths to take part in water-based activities.

The AHOY Centre works with hundreds of young people every year, offering opportunities and training. All activities and programmes are focused on teaching transferable and employable life skills as well as providing opportunities for British Rowing and Royal Yachting Association national qualifications.

Speaking after the meeting, All-Party Parliamentary Group for Rowing Co-Chair, Lord Thomas of Gresford, said “it was a pleasure to welcome representatives of the AHOY Centre to Parliament, and to hear about how they utilise watersport activity, including rowing, as an educational tool for children and adults.

“I congratulate all involved with the centre on their efforts, and hope that they are able to further expand their work in the coming years.”

AHOY Centre Challenge Fundraiser Dan O’Sullivan said “the AHOY Centre was founded in 2004, and since then has provided hundreds of adults and young people with opportunities to learn life skills and gain qualifications through watersport activities.

“Rowing is a significant component of the AHOY Centre’s work, and our rowing challenges generate around 60% of funding for our projects.

“We are incredibly grateful for the opportunity to address the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Rowing, and look forward to continuing to work with partners to develop opportunities for even more adults and young people.”

For more information on the AHOY Centre, visit