What we’re all about
Welcome to the University of Leeds Boat Club.
We welcome everyone-those who have rowed prior to university and those new to the sport.
Whether you have never rowed before or you are a complete veteran we have the facilities to cater for you. You can join one of the competitive squads or if you just like the idea of having a paddle we have a recreational section too.
If you are an experienced oarsman or oarswoman you can join the senior squad, either the performance squad or the intermediate squad, focused more on rowing socially. The performance squad races at BUCS events and British Rowing events throughout the year, as well as Henley Royal Regatta. The intermediate squad race at more local head races and regattas.
Our novice squads are open to all and no experience is required. Every year, we teach over 100 people to row. Again we have a performance squad and a non-performance squad. The performance squad races at BUCS against other novices from a vast array of universities.
If rowing is not for you... how about coxing? We welcome coxes of all experience. We will teach you the calls and you will be in charge of your own crew in no time!
Land / Recreational:
If you want to get involved with our large, social club but perhaps don’t have time to commit to water sessions, why not join as a land based member? This gives you access to our whole club circuit sessions which take place weekly on Thursdays on campus. It’s a good way to keep fit within a large, friendly society.
Land based training takes place on a Thursday in Cromer Terrace, 6.30 - 8 pm. Everyone is welcome to these fast paced circuit sessions aimed at improving core strength. Coaches will provide a range of exercises throughout the session allowing for members of all abilities and fitness levels to enjoy the workout. Both seniors and novices take part in weekly erg sessions, and weekly S&C sessions. These are done either on campus or down at the boathouse, which is a 10-15 minute drive from Hyde Park/Campus.
Training times depend on squad. The Senior Performance Squad have 5 water sessions a week (2 on Tuesday and Thursday/Friday mornings, a double session on Saturday morning and a session on Sunday). Intermediate Squad members can choose from sessions on Monday morning, Wednesday afternoon and weekend sessions. There is no minimum commitment for this squad. Novices have similar amounts of training to the other squads depending on whether it’s performance or non-performance. Our boathouse which opened in September 2014 is only a 20 minute bike ride from the Parkinson building.
Give It A GO!
If you're interested in joining our friendly club sign up to one of our Give It A Go (GIAG) taster sessions to meet the committee, learn about the club and have a go in a boat. We will show you the correct technique on an erg (rowing machine) before having a go on the water. Each session takes around 2 hours are we will pick you up from the Parkinson steps and drop you back at the end of your session. Please remember to bring a warm change of clothes and a towel.
Come and find us at freshers fair in The Edge sports hall for more information.
We look forward to meeting you soon!
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Ella Murphy, Club Captain
Iona Tompkins, Vice-Captain
Cormac Auty, Treasurer