The Boat Club and the sport of rowing have been an integral part of College life since College was founded in 1841. The Boat House itself is built on the banks of the River Severn at the foot of Tewkesbury Abbey and is situated on one of the finest stretches of river in the country.
At College, sculling is offered for a small number in the Autumn term, with the majority of the Boat Club joining in January after the Boys' Rugby and Girls' Hockey seasons are over. Rowing is a main game for both boys and girls during the Spring and Summer terms.
There are two types of racing in rowing. During the Autumn and Spring terms the club participates in Head Races, which are processional time trials. The Head season culminates in late March at the Schools' Head of the River Race in London, raced over the reverse Boat Race course.
In the Summer term, the racing switches to side-by-side regatta racing over shorter distances. The highlights of the Regatta season are the National Schools Regatta in late May, Henley Women's Regatta in mid June and Henley Royal Regatta in early July.
The Boat Club has seen change in its coaching structure in recent times with Richard Jones being appointed as the new Head of Rowing. In December Lewis Beech joined us as the new Rowing Professional. Lewis has an outstanding background as an oarsman including rowing twice at the Junior Worlds Championships, winning a gold medal in 2006, and has a first class degree in sports science.
Highlights from the 2010-11 season include the Boys' Senior coxed four finishing 4th at National Schools and the first ever Girls' crew to qualify to race at Henley Women's Regatta.
This season, the Boys' Senior Quad has won at Evesham Head with the Girls' J16 quad winning bronze. At Wycliffe Small Boats Head the Boys' coxed four won a silver and Men's Captain John Morton won a bronze in his single.