As we get ready for Autumn and the cooler weather ahead, we’re taking a look back over the Pop up Paddlesports weeks we delivered for Friends of Hardway this Summer. This is the third year now that we have run the event, commissioned by the local community group, and it continues to be hugely popular … Read more

We wish to inform our friends and sponsors that John Gillard, Principal at Oarsome Chance, resigned from his role at the beginning of May 2022. John was responsible for leading the development of Oarsome Chance, from its humble beginnings, engaging and influencing a range of young people in a local community project. John is continuing … Read more

Oarsome Chance were very happy to welcome the Hampshire Police & Crime Commissioner, Donna Jones, who visited our Gosport centre on Sat 22 Jan. The Office for the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) has provided funding to OC, via the Safer Communities Fund, which has been helping us provide our extended support to vulnerable young … Read more

The dust has settled, the bruises and blisters are healing and we are delighted to announce that the final total raised by Team Oarsome in their Round The Island Row challenge, is £4661.69! Our generous donor matched every donation pound for pound, so everyone who donated can feel pleased their already generous donation was doubled up! … Read more

We have a brave team of staff and apprentices preparing for an epic Oarsome challenge at the end of August. Carly, Nick, Vikki, Obelix and Joe will be taking on a  50 nautical mile row around the Isle of Wight, rowing on one of our 23-foot open St Ayles class rowing Skiffs, built by our … Read more

Big congratulations to our Year 8 Girls indoor rowing team who took part in the National Junior Indoor Rowing Championships (NJIRC) on May 20th. Ruby, Lily and Phoebie have been training hard whenever they had the opportunity, despite all the disruption around Covid, Team members Nick and Sherrie have done a great job supporting them in … Read more

Oarsome Chance was selected by Sported as one of the twelve case studies to feature in this year’s Times and Sunday Times Christmas appeal. Oarsome Chance is a member of Sported, the UK’s largest network of community groups supporting 500,000 young people to reach their full potential. Sported’s network consists of 2,600 community sports groups … Read more

Our post 16 trainees working on our Oarsome Skiff O16 boat building project have been really lucky to have expert training and guidance from our charity partners AkzoNobel. After his initial visit and donation in October, Tim and his colleague Dean from AkzoNobel (International Paints Ltd) has been coming back to the workshop to guide … Read more