Boat Club


About Us

The University of Nottingham has a long tradition of excellence in rowing. Whether you are just beginning or aiming for the next Olympics we aim to provide you with the highest quality facilities and coaching in a competitive but enjoyable environment.

Saturday Winners in W IM2 8+ and M IM1 2-

We have a busy competition schedule, reflecting a traditional rowing club alongside the university calendar. Our main events include BUCS Head and the London Heads, BUCS Regatta, and then Henley Women's and Royal Regatta along with the qualifying circuit.

Rowing requires an incredible combination of strength and endurance, and training in all conditions and times can make it a tough sport; however it is also extremely rewarding. We are a very friendly society and enjoy socials throughout the year, the highlight being our club and alumni Tiger Ball.

Join Us

If you have never rowed before, you can join the rowing club at the start of the Autumn Semester each year when we will run taster sessions and then teach you the basics of the sport.

If you have rowed before you will go into our Senior Squad. Contact if you have any questions.

Training Camp Group Photo


We train out of our boathouse on the River Trent (a 20 minute cycle from the University Campus) and also at the National Water Sports Centre roughly three times a week on Wednesday afternoons and on Saturday/Sunday mornings. Off the water we have regular training and strength & conditioning sessions at various indoor facilities.

Rowing uses virtually every muscle in the body, but because it lacks the gravity/impact shocks found in many other sports, you will be able to safely develop your fitness in a short period of time. To be successful at rowing you will need to develop cardiovascular endurance, explosive strength, and core stability.


The University has long held a tradition of commitment to the excellence of sport. The University has decided that it is targeting rowing as one of its major sports and as such invites any student who shows a talent in the sport of rowing to apply for a scholarship.

The University offers a comprehensive sports scholarship programme to help you achieve your sporting potential, helping you follow a dual career pathway and balance sporting and academic demands. Scholarships worth up to £11,000 are offered and include the following:

  • Financial support up to 4K
  • Individualised coaching
  • Access to all facilities
  • Strength & Conditioning programs
  • Physiotherapy
  • Movement analysis
  • Workshops in nutrition, injury prevention, sports psychology
  • Athlete lifestyle support
  • Athlete mentor
  • Academic flexibility and opportunities to study part-time
  • Elite coaching and rowing program designed for high performance athletes.



The Boat Club has an illustrious history stretching back to the 1890s, and in recent years has gone from strength to strength with strong performances at BUCS, Henley and international competitions. We have a number of alumni who have gone on to compete for Team GB. 

More information is available on our website at



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Jonathan Fieth
Club Development Co-ordinator
Lyn Winkworth
Fundraising and Sponsorship Officer
Lewis Richard Howlett
Men's Captain
Tom Swithenbank
Men's Squad Press Officer
Jack Ralph William Towell
Peter Boyes
Recruitment Officer
Thomas David Gwillim
Sarah Kathleen Yorke
Social Secretary
Isabelle Newton
Joseph Bright
Lewis Richard Howlett
Jonathan Fieth
Welfare Officer
Benjamin Gunning
Womens Captain
Grace Olivia Johnson
Women's Squad Press Officer
Grace Macmahon