The University of Birmingham Rowing Club is a student-run club which aims to support athletes whatever your level of experience or ambition. Being a University sports club we foster an appropriate balance between academic and sporting excellence. Students and coaches work hard to ensure our members achieve their potential, not just out on the water, but in the exam hall as well.
The development squad is aimed at students completely new to rowing, focusing on giving you the skills to be able to join our senior squads by the Easter term. With help from volunteer captains, we will ensure that you can experience all aspects of the sport and community in a safe and fun setting. Initially, in larger boats you will be taught how to ‘sweep’ row (one-oar) which is the most common form of rowing at university. As the temperatures get warmer, we will also offer the opportunity to ‘scull’ (two-oars) in smaller boats to ensure you have the fullest experience.
After Easter, it is likely that you will transition to our Worcester boathouse to prepare for the summer regattas on a longer stretch of river. This will also allow you to experience side by side racing and compete against local universities in smaller friendly races. Every year, many of our novice athletes are selected to partake in the British Rowing Student Development Programme, which is a great testament to the success of our Beginner programme.
The senior squad is aimed at students that have previously rowed before university and focuses on refining your skills so that you are able to compete at the top of your ability. Throughout the winter, you will be in larger boats working on fitness and head race prep ahead of races such as ‘Head of the Severn’ , ‘WeHORR’ and ‘HORR’. During the summer season, you will put your winter mileage to work and refine the skills required to race competitively, side by side, at regattas.
For those with GB ambitions, our dedicated team of coaches can offer high quality coaching, advice and support through the trials process and beyond.
If you have rowed previously but want to take a bit of a step back from the competitive side of the sport, you are also able to row recreationally at either of our boathouses. You’ll receive the same opportunities as all other squads, with the choice to opt-in to whatever you wish.
The main events the Rowing Club aims towards are BUCS Head and BUCS Regatta, where we consistently enter competitive crews at all levels: from beginner through to elite. As well as these events we also regularly enter national competitions such as Head of the River, Women’s Head of the River and both Henley Women’s Regatta and Henley Royal Regatta.
Exact times will be confirmed by the club upon registration.
Compete in the BUCS Rowing Regatta and Indoor Rowing Championships, as well as multiple regional and national competitions.
£262.50 Senior Membership includes:
Extra – not compulsory
*This is an approximate list of what the club membership may include. This can change at any point, so please confirm with the club directly on what this membership includes.
Trials and Tasters
Saturday 23 September – 10.00 am – 12.00 pm – Slater