Is Rowing just for the Upper Classes – join in this survey and we will find out…

External Agency Information Letter

Programme of Study: Sport, PE and Development

Title of Project: Is rowing in the UK dominated by those with high economic, social, cultural and physical capital and how do rowers themselves perceive the sport that they do?


Dear Organisation,

You are being invited to take part in a research study. Before you decide whether to participate, it is important for you to understand why the research is being done and what it will involve. Please take time to read the following information carefully and ask us if there is anything that is not clear or if you would like more information. Take time to decide whether or not you wish to take part.


What is the purpose of the study?

The purpose of this study is to determine whether or not rowing in the UK still carries the historic stereotype of it being a sport for those of an upper-class, wealthy background. It is also set out to see if the rowing population over the age of 18 have attended a higher education institution.

This study is looking for participants that currently take part in sliding seat rowing on the water or those who used to participate and are over the age of 18. Participants can be from any rowing club or team in the UK.


What participants will have to do if they choose to take part?

Participants will be asked to fill in an online questionnaire which will contain closed-ended questions. This means questions will have options and the participant will choose the response that fits them best. The topics of the questions will surround rowing and their experience of the sport from a social perspective rather than a physical perspective. The questionnaire should take no longer than 5 minutes to complete. All questionnaires will be anonymous. At the end of the questionnaire there will be an option to volunteer for the second stage of the research. The second stage of the research includes a 30-45 minute interview which can be done in person or over skype. The interview will contain a series of questions that follow up from the questions from the questionnaire and your responses.


What are the possible advantages of taking part?

The advantages of taking part in this study would be challenge people to think about rowing from a sociological perspective. It would also be aiding the expansion of research into this area of rowing as there is currently very little research out there for this topic.


What are the possible disadvantages or risks of taking part?

This study could potentially cause some emotional discomfort as some of the topics are personal.


What will happen to the information?

All information collected will be kept strictly confidential. Where necessary, information collected will be coded so that you cannot be recognised from it. The results of this study will be reported as part of my degree programme and may be further disseminated for scientific benefit. The results will be available to you on request.


Who to contact for further information or if you have any problems/concerns?

Researcher: Jasmin Hladkij       Email:

Supervisor: Maria Antritsou        Email: