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Boats

Club President: William Toogood - w.r.s.toogood@durham.ac.uk

Twitter : @DurhamUBC

The most complete undergraduate rowing programme in Britain

Team Durham’s strategy for sport is built on three pillars – performance, participation and outreach, rowing at Durham excels in all three fields, offering opportunities to maximise student experience.

Performance

The University Boat Club is funded by GB rowing as a high performance programme to develop international athletes. Gold medallists at London 2012 Sophie Hosking and Lily van den Broecke who was still a student when she won her Gold are two of our notable alumni. Other recent graduates of the programme have included Olympians Steve Rowbotham, Emily Taylor and Louisa Reeve, as well as William Fletcher, Stewart Innes, Angus Groom who all recently competed at Rio 2016. Also important to note is alumni James Harris, who coached the GB women’s VIII in Rio who won a historic silver medal.

The University Boat Club has been the British University champions since 2004, retaining its title for ten consecutive years. The University Boat Club also runs a successful Development Programme fast tracking athletes who have never rowed before into the sport, Olympians Steve Rowbotham and Emily Taylor are both graduates of the programme and two more graduates were invited to trial for Rio 2016 but were unfortunately unsuccessful.

Participation

Our 16 college boat clubs cater for over a thousand students who wish to row at the University, each club has its own distinct character and offer motivated students the chance to develop their own leadership and management skills by running their own rowing club or coaching their own crew.

Outreach

The University Boat Club has been active amongst the community helping to develop talented junior athletes to junior world championship medals and into junior teams. The new rowing facilities at Maiden Castle means that the community programme is expanding and many of the elite athletes find it rewarding to volunteer to coach talented local juniors. The community programme will qualify coaches who then work with local schools.

Rowing at Durham offers opportunities to develop your talent wherever it lies.

Facilities

The Boat Club have numerous high performance facilities which are used on a regular basis by our athletes, college rowers and our outreach participants.

These include:

  • The Sophie Hosking Tank – a multimillion indoor rowing tank.
  • High performance gym.
  • Physio, nutritionist and sports masseuse.
  • Fully equipped ergo room including ergos, bikes and row perfects.
  • Four full time rowing coaches.

Durham University Boat Club's High Performance Programme is recognised and supported by the GB Rowing Team and funded through the National Lottery.

DUBC has a track record of coaching rowers to challenge for a place in the GB Rowing National Squads and is committed to Rowing's World Class Performance Strategy.

For more information contact: o.w.hall-craggs@durham.ac.uk