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									                                 An Introduction to Nottingham Rowing Club

The Nottingham Rowing Club (NRC) was formed in 2006 by the amalgamation of the Nottingham Britannia
Rowing Club (founded 1869) and the Nottingham Boat Club (founded 1894). The club has subsequently
incorporated the former Nottingham County and Nottingham Schools Rowing Associations, which have become
our high-performance and junior programs respectively.

Rowing at the club
The club has a wide selection of squads and equipment and caters for those completely new to the sport
through to those competing at an international level. The club also caters for those who want to train at a high
intensity and those who want to row once a week and enjoy the social element of the boat club.

             Whatever your ability, age* and commitment, you are likely to find a squad that suits
                                                                                              * 12 years upwards.

The club takes part in most major head races and regattas, including the National Championships, National
Schools, National Veterans and the various Henley regattas. The club has won over 130 regattas so far in the
2009 season, and at the time of writing, 10 NRC athletes have worn Team GB kit this year. During the winter
months we also run intra-club competitions over a 4000m course between Clifton and Trent Bridges to help
break up the training!

Coming down for the first time
If you want to get started or talk to someone about joining the club your first port of call should be the
membership secretary, who can then introduce you to the squad captains or coaches as appropriate, show you
round the boathouse and get you started. Contact details can be found at the end of the document or on the
NRC website ( Alternatively, you can just come down to the club house; the best times to do
this are on a Club night (Wednesdays after 6:30pm) or on a Saturday morning after 10am. (Lots of people do two
outings on a Saturday and at 10am can generally be found having tea and donuts in the club-house between

Adult Rowing
We have squads of all abilities, commitment levels and ages, and the membership secretary, Netty Cox, will be
able to introduce you to the right people, whether you have rowed recently, a long time ago, or never at all. The
current squads are shown below, and all cater for both men and women.

Senior squads
        If you are an experienced rower and wish to train at a high level, this may be the place for you. These
        squads are limited in numbers and require a significant commitment to training.

Intermediate squads
       These squads are generally less intense than the seniors and tend to include a mix of people, from those
       who have rowed before and now want to take a more relaxed approach to the sport, to those who have
       moved up from the novice squads, but are not yet ready (or willing) to be in the senior squad.

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       The club has an active and successful Veteran men’s group, and a growing women’s section. The clubs
       veteran rowers currently range in age from 31 to 77.

Adult beginners
        Absolute beginners are most welcome, and the best way to start is on our Learn to Row course at Trent
        Bridge where you will be taught how to scull – two blades, one in each hand as opposed to sweep oar,
        one long oar in one hand (think the Oxford and Cambridge boat race). Sculling is generally accepted to
        require a greater technical finesse than sweep-oar rowing and is a great place to start. Courses are held
        throughout the year and you should contact Jenny Huskinson for more details.

Novice squads and recreational rowing
        Once you have learnt the basics of rowing you are welcome to row at a time to suit yourself and your
        own pace or if you want more coaching on an informal basis you can join our small group of novice
        rowers who meet on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings. Experience levels in the
        group vary a couple of months to a year.

Junior Rowing
We have one of the most successful junior squads in the country, winning a total of 9 golds, 4 silvers and 4
bronzes at the National Schools and National Championships and a spectacular gold for the Women’s J16 squad
at Henley. There are several options for juniors as below, but in all instances you should contact Jenny
Huskinson, who will discuss the group that is most appropriate.

Junior Learn to Row
        Two day Junior Learn to Row courses run throughout the summer at Holme Pierrepont as well as
        improver and competitor training courses.

Junior Improvers
        Having completed the Learn to row course, juniors may be invited to continue with the improvers group.
        They usually meet one evening a week and on Sunday afternoon throughout the summer.

Junior Squad
        The juniors range in age from 12 to 18 years old. Training ranges from 2 – 6 times per week depending
        on age. Juniors are welcome to row for pleasure or to train towards competition standards and some
        have previously gone on to trial for the GB squad.

The club has a complete range of modern boats for general use by members, as well as a number of privately-
owned singles (please note that storage for these is extremely limited and there is a waiting list).
We also have a large number of ergos (indoor rowing machines) and a selection of weights at the boat house. In
addition, we have an arrangement with Nottingham University boathouse to use their facilities during the
evenings and university vacations.
Throughout the winter training season we run gym circuits, which provide a great way to increase general
fitness. These are held at 6pm on Monday and Tuesday nights at West Bridgford School, and cost £2 per session.
Monday’s session is mainly beginners and juniors and Tuesday’s session for the senior squad, but you can attend
either or both!

Workplace Health Scheme
Nottingham Rowing Club offers free fitness sessions to Nottingham's workplaces through a workplace health
scheme supported by Sport England.

The scheme allows employees to improve their fitness through learning how to row indoors, and on the water in
the club's recreational boats. The sessions are delivered during weekday lunchtimes and are coached both by
club’s coaches and the Programme Coach for the East Midlands. If you think your Company would like to take
part in this scheme contact Jenny Huskinson (see above). Employees from the Fire Service, Queen's Medical

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Centre, the Environmental Agency and County Hall have already taken part and the club are welcoming new

What to Wear
If you are coming down for the first time, try to avoid wearing very loose kit, as it may snag in the equipment.
Layered clothing may be most suitable, for example shorts under leggings and a t-shirt under a long sleeved top.
Also, don’t forget to bring a change of clothes and a towel as things can easily get wet!
Please note it is a requirement of the Amateur Rowing Association that you are able to swim at least 50m in light
clothing, and you will be asked to sign a declaration to that effect.

Club kit
Our racing colours are royal blue, old gold and dark blue. Kit is supplied via Godfrey Sports Ltd (see the Contacts
section below).

Social life
There is an active social life at the club, helped by the fact that it has its own bar. Weekly club nights are held on
a Wednesday, with BBQ’s often held during the summer months (when the weather allows!). We also have a
number of regular functions during the year including the Annual Dinner (November) and the Men’s and
Women’s Dinners (February). We also hold a number of other events on a more irregular basis including wine-
tastings, bar quizzes and summer and winter parties.

Private Events
The club (both the Boat House and the Britannia Club House) can also be hired out for private parties. Contact
Claire Evans for details on 07775 876964.

Club Administration
The Club is run by a committee of volunteers; a list of committee members can be found on the website.

Membership fees for 2009 - 2010
Coached squad member1                   £30 per calendar month
Senior and Junior members               £25 per calendar month
Concessionary member2                   On application to the membership secretary
University member3                      £100 per year (due 1st November)
Non-rowing member                       £100 per year (due 1st November)
Sculling racking fee                    £9 per calendar month
  A senior member in a professionally-coached program (as decided by the committee).
  Depending on personal circumstances, concessionary membership may be available.
  A university member is only entitled to use club equipment and facilities during university vacations.
  A non-rowing member may not use any boat, whether privately owned or owned by the club.

Fees are payable by monthly Standing Order. If you wish to pay in a lump sum then please note that the
renewal date is the first of November, and that fees are pro rata with respect to that date. For more information
please contact the Membership Secretary.

Race entry fees (around £8 per seat per race) and trailer fees (around £7) are additional.

Contacts                                          Other useful contacts
Nottingham Rowing Club                            Netty Cox – Membership secretary:
Middle of Three                                               07825 737135
West Bridgford                                    Jenny Huskinson – Junior co-ordinator / Adult learn to row
Nottingham                                          07984 158030
                                                  Amateur Rowing Association (ARA):     020 8237 6700
Tel: 0115 981 1251                                National Watersports Centre(NWSC): 0115 982 1212
Web:                                Godfrey Sport Ltd (kit):              0115 986 4600
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