Rowing Clubs in England


Rowing is a game that interests individuals of any age and capacities. There are several rowing clubs in England that offer flexible ways to participate, be it social rowing or professional competing. Below are some popular rowing clubs in England.

Leander Club

Based in Remenham and founded in 1818, Leander Club is the oldest non-academic rowing club in the world. It is one of the most successful clubs in the world with its athletes winning 127 Olympic and Paralympic rowing medals (40 of which are for Great Britain) and 226 are winners of World Championship medals. The Leander Academy boasts state-of-the-art facilities and High-Performance Programme aimed at developing the potentials of young scullers to compete for spots on the GB Team. Its boathouse comes with a fully equipped gym, rehabilitation equipment, the very best fleet of boats. Physiological care is also available to keep the athletes fit.

Nottingham Rowing Club (NRC)

Based near Trent Bridge, NRC is the largest rowing club in the East Midlands and among the most successful in the country. NRC runs various High Performance and recreational programmes that cater to all levels of ability, including aspiring international athletes, those needing improvement, or those who simply want to potter about on the river. The club which was created in 2006 by merging the Nottingham Boat Club and the Nottingham Britannia Rowing Club, two of the oldest rowing clubs from the late 1800s, has gone on to amass over 1000 wins in the ten years since its creation. It boasts three boathouses as well as a presence at Holme Pierrepont.

Imperial College Boat Club (ICBC)

In 2013, ICBC claimed the Prince Albert Challenge Cup at the Henley Royal Regatta. Its rowers have had many successes including several wins in the Henley Royal Regatta. The club accommodates both junior and experienced rowers including non-students of Imperial College. Its boathouse, also on the Thames River, comes complete with a gym, physiotherapy suit, and limited accommodation.

Durham University Boat Club (DUBC)

The DUBC has won several Henley Royal Regatta Titles, Henley Women’s Regatta Titles, and consistently won the BUCS Victor Ludorum between 2004 and 2013, and 2015. The establishment of the DUBC Freshman Squad in 1989 has seen many beginner athletes coached to success. Amongst its alumni are Olympic medallists.

Kingston Rowing Club (KRC)

Founded in 1858, it is one of the oldest rowing clubs in the world. KRC is highly reputed for its success over the years, both in national and international rowing competitions. The River Thames-based club offers athletes a large stretch of calm waters that is suitable for all categories of rowers. The club is open to people of all ages, Junior through to Masters, as well as every ability, from Novice through to International Medallists. Kingston coaches’ rowers aspiring to participate in national regattas and train those interested in less competitive rowing. The club organizes Kingston Head of the River Race and supports the Kingston Regatta.

Molesey Boat Club

Established in 1866, the Molesey Boat Club has been organizing and supporting the Molesey Regatta since its inception in 1867. The club has always made top ten in Head of the River Races, won several Henley Royal Regatta Titles, and other rowing titles. Its 700 members consist of Junior Squad, Senior Squad, Adult Development and Masters including both genders international athletes of Great Britain. Molesey’s Junior programme offers rowing coaching to teenagers from 13-years of age and works with some local schools.