Our Programme

The Senior Programme


Our senior squad train twice a day, six days a week, often travelling to row on The Boat Race of the North course a little over half an hour away in Newcastle upon Tyne. Other training is completed at Gillespie boat house in Durham where all of our land training is also undertaken. There is a training camp during the season to Seville during the Christmas holidays.

The squad compete in two major races in the first half of the season – Rutherford Head and the Head of the River on the Tideway. In the latter half of the season we also participate in Metropolitan Regatta, Marlow Regatta and not forgetting HWR and HRR.


What athletes can access:

  • Five full-time professional coaches
  • Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS)
  • High Performance centre in Durham including a boathouse, ergo gallery and indoor rowing tank
  • Sports specific strength and conditioning, fitness and physio support
  • Sports bursaries available
  • Sports concession system allows our athletes to make alternative arrangements to honour academic commitments if they clash with rowing
  • Access to nutritional guidance seminars and additional nutritional information
  • Access to an on-site doctor to selected athletes
  • Performance and individual technique video analysis
  • Lifestyle and time management support / mentoring for selected athletes


The Fresher’s Programme

In 1989 the DUBC Freshman Squad was established, and since then our reputation for taking novice athletes to international standard competition has grown. Ex-Durham fresher rowers include Steve Rowbotham; Olympic bronze medallist at the Beijing Olympic Games and Emily Taylor, European silver medallist in 2008. More recent alumnus include William Warr who represented Great Britain at the 2014 U23 World Championships and at FISU in 2016 where he won a gold medal. Lastly, Ed Gleadowe largely mirrored Will’s 2016 success, but instead brought home a gold medal in the eight rather than the four for GB.

The Freshers’ programme has a nationally-recognized role in identifying and developing top-class rowing talent, which includes the provision of a full-time talent development coach to work exclusively with this group. Throughout the year, our Fresher Crews regularly compete and win medals in national competitions. In 2016 both the men and women’s freshers squad brought back gold medals at BUCS Regatta.


We are looking throughout the academic year for people who are:

  • Athletic
  • Sports orientated
  • Team players


No rowing experience is necessary. We do, however, seek out motivated individuals with a proven track record of success in other disciplines.