The University Boat Club is funded by British Rowing as a high performance programme to develop international athletes. Gold medallists at London 2012 Sophie Hosking and Lily van den Broecke who was still a student when she won her Gold are two of our notable alumni. Other recent graduates of the programme have included Olympians Steve Rowbotham, Emily Taylor and Louisa Reeve, as well as William Fletcher, Stewart Innes, Angus Groom who all recently competed at Rio 2016. Sports degree alumnus James Harris coached the GB women in Rio to their first ever Olympic VIII’s medal.

The University Boat Club has been the British University champions since 2004, retaining its title for ten consecutive years. The University Boat Club also runs a successful Development Programme fast tracking athletes who have never rowed before into the sport, Olympians Steve Rowbotham and Emily Taylor are both graduates of the programme.

DUBC has a track record of coaching rowers to challenge for a place in the British Rowing national squads and is committed to rowing’s World Class Performance Strategy.

At the U23 2019 World Championships, Sarasota, Florida, we had three medalling athletes in British crews: George Bourne GOLD in the M4x, Oscar Lindsay SILVER in the M4+, and Lauren Irwin GOLD in the W4-. This was DUBC’s greatest U23 Worlds medal tally to date.

For more information about this please contact o.w.hall-craggs@durham.ac.uk or visit the British Rowing website.

DUBC strongly advocates clean sport and abides by World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) rules and regulations to protect the integrity of our sport. See more


Our Sponsors

Embleton Hall

We are also very thankful to our sponsors Embleton Hall, a family-run dairy based in County Durham, who keep the boat club well-supplied with milk which plays a crucial role in the athletes’ recovery. For more information on their products and services do not hesitate to see what they have to offer.


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The Development Squad

DUBC has an excellent track record of taking on athletes who have never touched an oar before and taking them right to the top. Read More