The University of Birmingham Rowing Club is a student-run club which aims to support athletes whatever their level of experience or ambition. Year upon year the Rowing Club introduces rowing to over a hundred complete novices and through dedicated support and coaching it quickly brings them up to a very competitive level. Experienced athletes are also well catered for with professional support from the High-Performance Centre helping them to unlock their full potential.
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 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.
How to get involved
The membership fees are Rowing (£184), Cox & Social (£34).
Please note that on top of the club fee there is a £16 fee that covers personal accident insurance when training or competing for the University, access to free cross-training sessions such as circuits and yoga, as well as a contribution to the costs of affiliation to various national governing bodies. This fee is only payable once so if you did decide to join a second club then you would not need to pay a second fee.
To discover a new talent.
3 skills this sport will give you:
Training times & venues
Both our senior and development squads train regularly every week. Land training includes ergos, strength and conditioning, runs and circuits which take place at the Sport and Fitness centre and around the UoB campus. Water training occurs three times a week; the senior squads train at our Worcester Boat house (40 minute dive from Birmingham) and our development squad train at Edgbaston Reservoir. For more information on training times and venues please contact Aidan Smith (President)
Successes and Achievements
BUCS Regatta 2017 – Silver in Men’s Championship 2x
BUCS Head 2016 – Gold in Women’s Beginner 4x
BUCS Regatta 2016 – Silver in Women’s Beginner 4x; Gold and Silver in Women’s Beginner 1x
Qualification for the Prince of Wales at Henley Royal Regatta 2017
Qualification to Henley Women’s Regatta since 2016
Men’s Head of the River – 44th/298 (2018)
Women’s Head of the River – 35th/298 (2017)
EUSA Mens 2x Champions 2017
Won at least one beginner event at every Bristol Head since 2011
The club had the 3rd most wins of any university at British rowing events in 2016-17 season
Club Captain:President: Aidan Smith
Autumn Mackay (3rd Year)
Cox for U23 Great Britain Squad – Current 2 time Henley Women’s Champion in Championship 8+, 4th at U23 World Championships 2018 in the 8+