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The FISA Development Programme follows Goal II of the FISA Strategic Plan.

Our Objectives are:

1. Participation: Increase the participation of member national federations (NFs) in leading event

2. Integration: Integrate and expand all forms of rowing

3. Opportunities: Increase the number of rowing opportunities through clubs, schools, universities and other entities

4. Quality & Education: Improve the quality of rowing and coaching worldwide

5. Universality: Increase the number of countries that practise rowing and ensure ongoing growth

How we work

FISA works with a variety of partners to bring development projects to different nations and regions. The coaches and officials who work with us are registered through their national federations to contact us to assist.

We encourage exchanges between national federations if funding can be secured through national sources. If you would like to support a development project financially or work with us (in)directly, please send an email to


FISA provides support for developing rowing countries during events. Below you will find information about development activities at major events.

World Rowing Erg Testing Templates 2019

FISA Ergometer assessment 2019.xlsx

Selection Best Times Document 2018

Training Camps

The FISA Development Programme organises training camps for developing rowing countries. FISA organises these camps in collaboration with Olympic Solidarity and the Agitos Foundation. 

For training locations please check the list below:

 Agenda Sports & Elements training camps: 

The FISA Development Programme distributes equipment in close cooperation with our equipment supplier partners.

National Federations who are classified as ‘development nations’ can contact FISA to request possible equipment subsidies and other support through Active Development Partners. FISA also works with partner federations to create exchanges between different national federations when possible for equipment and maintenance.

For more details, please send an email to


Development Blog

Olympic Solidarity

Olympic Solidarity’s aim is to organise assistance for all the National Olympic Committees (NOCs), particularly those with the greatest needs, so that they can develop their own structures to favour the expansion of sport in their country.

There is support for athletes, coaches and the promotion of Olympic Values.

Useful links

Please click further to find useful links on topics like:

  • Gender Equality 
  • Safeguarding
  • Olympic Values Education Programme
  • Athletes selection testing
  • Safety
  • Women in sport
  • etc.

Getting Started

The development of rowing is a challenge. This section covers topics on how to get started on running a successful rowing club, federation, training group or other fields.

This section is dynamic: information will be added or updated. Expect to find articles (eventually) on accessing funding, creating links with schools, welfare and safeguarding, safety auditing, selecting and testing rowers, running competitions, equipment maintenance and coach training.