Boat clubs and rowing competitions are a fun part of British universities. Below are some of the best schools for rowing in England. The first five schools offer High-Performance programmes recognised and supported by the GB National Team and have great National Lottery funded boat clubs renowned for their performances in various rowing competitions. They also train and coach novice and experienced rowers to compete for a place in the GB Rowing Team.
Oxford Brookes University
With its boathouse located on the River Thames, the Oxford Brookes University Boat Club (OBUBC) hold an astounding record of performance in rowing competitions around the world. The club has churned out of several Olympic champions and won six Olympic Gold medals, 13 consecutive BUCS Titles, Temple Challenge Cup in 2014 as well as several other sports titles in rowing. OBUBC accomplished “The Double” in 2017, a feat that no university program had done before. Its boathouse, indoor rowing centres, and land-based training areas make Oxford Brookes one of the best schools for rowing in England.
University College London
The UCL’s boat club records great performances at national, International Universities competitions, and World Championships. The club with over a hundred formal members regularly finish among the top five Victor Ludorum at the BUCS Regatta and claimed the first spot in 2014. The club is open to all UCL students and coaches’ beginners as well as experienced athletes for the Henley Royal Regatta and Henley Women’s Regatta. Rowers also get to compete for a spot on the GB Rowing Team.
Founded in 1911 with only men teams as Armstrong College Boat Club, the Newcastle University Boat Club (NUBC) make it one of the great schools for rowing in England. The women’s team was added in the 1920s. This college is famous for its annual Boat Race of the North competition against Durham University which it won in both 2015 and 2016. The NUBC claimed its first win of the Victor Ludorum trophy at the 2016 BUCS Regatta while retaining the men’s Victor Ludorum. It also won the 2016 Indoor Race Championships.
Imperial College London
Established by the Prince in 1907, the Imperial College London is among the best schools for rowing in the U.K. In 2013, the Imperial College Boat Club (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, comes complete with a gym, physiotherapy suit, and limited accommodation.
The Durham University Boat Club (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.
University of Reading
Offering up to £5,000 in scholarships, Reading pulls experienced and beginner athletes. The university’s boat club has flexible programmes that focus on sculling to assist rowers competing for a spot on the GB Team. Its success makes it one of the best schools for rowing in England. The club topped the medal table at the 2011 BUCS Regatta, the 2014 and 2015 BUCS Small Boat Heads, and produced Olympic gold medallists.