About

Founded in 1877, Durham University Boat Club, funded by the National Lottery, is home to one of Britain’s top high-performance rowing programs. Led under the capable wing of Head Coach and fellow Durham graduate Wade Hall-Craggs, the club consistently year on year provides athletes with the coaching, fitness, and attitude required to step up to the GB development pathway.

With training programs tailored specifically for athletes challenging for seats in the GB U23 squad integrated with those more focused on university level rowing, the season at DUBC promises to be an exciting one. 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. 

A typical season line up of Rutherford Head, BUCS Head, both Head of the River Races (men’s and women’s), Strathclyde Spring Regatta, our very own Durham Regatta, Met Regatta, Henley Royal and Women’s Regatta, and GB trials should get any true rower’s blood pumping  at the prospect of rowing at such prestigious venues, up and down the country. Head to our Events page for more info on these.

And for those curious outsiders to all things regattas and heads, 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. See our development squad page for more information!

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.

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.

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

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 at http://www.embletonhalldairies.co.uk/

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