Thousands of students across the David Ross Education Trust compete in ‘Rowvember’ challenge

A record number of students from across the David Ross Education Trust threw themselves into this year’s annual Trust-wide rowing competition. 

Over 4,280 students took part in the ‘Rowvember’ challenge, which invites students from the network’s secondary academies to compete against each other in an indoor rowing challenge throughout the month of November.

During a number of after-school rowing sessions, house competitions and staff vs. students contests, students rowed an incredible 2,894,284m; the equivalent of rowing the whole length of England twice.

Spilsby’s King Edward VI Academy received the ‘Rowvember Impact Award’ for their outstanding dedication, as more than 90% of students took part in this year’s challenge. 26 students from nearby Eresby Special School were also invited to take part in the competition, as students from King Edward VI Academy visited the school to support their involvement throughout the challenge.

Alice Page, Sports Enrichment Coordinator at the David Ross Education Trust, said: “The scale of our ‘Rowvember’ challenge this year has been amazing. Compared to last year, we have seen almost double the amount of students taking part; with 56% of girls and 66% of boys from across the Trust’s secondary schools getting involved.

“We are also delighted to have seen students from our brand-new secondary school, Bobby Moore Academy in London, compete throughout ‘Rowvember’. This was an incredible opportunity for the Year 7 students, some of whom had never tried rowing before, to take advantage of the new indoor rowing machines that were recently delivered to the academy.” 


The David Ross Education Trust provides a range of outstanding sporting enrichment opportunities to encourage every young person to explore new things, develop their passions and discover their talents.

The annual ‘Rowvember’ challenge is an example of the breadth of the Trust’s pioneering sports enrichment programme, and the impact it has on so many students within the network.

Alice Page added: “As a Trust, we are extremely proud of the enrichment opportunities available to our students. ‘Rowvember’ is just one of the annual sporting events students are benefitting from as part of our exclusive sports programme.

“All students competed with such pride and passion, and we are looking forward to seeing some of these talented athletes compete in the Trust’s Rowing Cup in December.”