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LRC crew in the Britannia Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta 2012The highest performance level for men’s rowing is Henley Royal Regatta and trialing for the Great Britain rowing team for Olympic Games and World Championships.  However, the heart and bulk of the men’s squad at London Rowing Club are not full-time internationals but people trying to enjoy competitive rowing while balancing their family, work and/or education commitments. They'd love to have you contribute alongside them in their passion for the beautiful sport of rowing. Our coaches can provide you with whatever you should want to enjoy your rowing; whether it’s a training program, technical advice, a calendar of racing or a fair chance at selection for the racing crews.

Here's what some of our athletes have to say about their experiences of rowing at London:

Rob WilliamsIn 2005 I joined London RC with the ambition winning at Henley. I was attracted to the club by its high standards and the flexible training schedule which I could fit around my degree at UCL. As a student, I naturally didn't want to train in the morning and the club took the view that people have busy lives so so long as you do the training it doesn't matter. Between the training program and support from the coaches I found myself at the U23 World Championships racing with Marco in the lightweight fours in 2006. In 2007 I won the Prince of Wales Cup at Henley and medalled at my first senior world championships in the LM4x. With the support from the club my career progressed to winning the 2010 World championships in the LM4- whilst crucially through the inherent flexibility at LRC progressing my career with a PhD. If I'd chosen a different London based club in 2005 I doubt last year I would have medalled at the worlds and hence qualified the LM4-"

Marco EspinI first came to London Rowing Club when I left school for a gap year. I’d never raced as a lightweight but the coaches at LRC helped me immensely to go faster in my single scull and learn the art of weight management. That year I made the Under-23 World Championship lightweight coxless four which has been an immense highlight of my rowing career. Once I returned from university I was in a crew that won Henley which was another fantastic achievement. Rowing at LRC is like being in a family: you are cared for when you need to be but put in your place when it’s appropriate too!" 

Stephen FeeneyI moved to London RC in 2007. Having represented Great Britain at two U23 World Championships I had managed to gain a silver in the LM4x and 6th in LM4- prior to joining. With the help and support of the coaches and squad at LRC I developed my boat speed along with my physiology gaining a place in the senior team and representing them on the world stage. Training on the Tideway is a testing environment, however I found it easier to implement my speed in trials and world championships after dealing with the sometimes challenging conditions I trained in everyday. I went on to win the Scullers' Head title in 2010, World University Championships in the same year and numerous sets of GB senior trials after that. I was unfortunately injured, however the coaches at London helped me come back stronger to take on and challenge the best in the country in heavyweight and lightweight categories with success. It would have been much harder for me to achieve my results had I not had the support and experience of the coaches and fellow athletes at London during my time there. 

James Lindsay-FynnIn 2002, I joined LRC as a university rower with some international lightweight rowing experience but with the new challenge of combining rowing with a career in the City. With the good support of coaches and training partners, year by year I made steady progress on the ergo (from 6:22 to 6:08) and found new speed in the single scull, finishing in the top 3 at final trials in 2005,6&7. Whilst still working full time, I won the Double Sculls at Henley in 2005 and a World Cup medal in the LM2x in 2006. In 2007, it was necessary to take 18 months out of work to prepare for the Olympics where we finished 5th in the LM4-, along with winning the World Championships and World Cup series in 2007, with fellow LRC training partner James Clarke. For most athletes it takes time to achieve success in rowing and it is important and possible to develop your career alongside this preparing for the next chapters of life! 

If you are sure you'd like to join the team then download, print out and fill-in a membership form and send it fully completed to:

Membership Secretary
London Rowing Club
Embankment
Putney
London
SW15 1LB 

FAQ

How much training will I have to do?

The senior squad has a training programme akin to other clubs' of similar ambition. Typically, athletes have one day off per week but some days there are two training sessions. Obviously, work/family/study commitments are inevitable, but ideally, athletes will try to make up the sessions in their own time to keep themselves, and the team, on track.

I'm worried I might not be experienced enough to row at London.

Don’t worry. Firstly, anyone can join London. We have a squad system, which allows us to accommodate varying levels of experience. For example, those who haven't rowed before would join the "Learn2Row" group on a structured course, then continue to row casually until competent enough to join the Senior squad. 

If you display potential and commitment it’s entirely possible to go from beginner to Henley finalist in the space of a couple of years.

I’ve rowed sweep but have never sculled, is this a problem?

No. Much of the Senior squad’s training is done in sweep boats such as pairs or fours, with the majority of people moving into eights for Head of the River. There will be opportunities for you to learn to scull with athletes of a similar level, or with those who are more experienced.

Can I scull from the club?

Any member can rack a private scull at the club. The club has some single sculls which are allocated by the senior coach on behalf of the captain. However, being able to steer on the tideway is essential. Many new-comers begin by doing laps near the club and then, once they have built up sufficient technique and navigation skill, can venture further to explore the famous “tideway” stretch of the Thames.

More Questions?

For specific enquiries about squad training contact the Captain, Tim Grant captain@londonrc.org.uk

For administrative membership enquries (e.g. has my form been processed?) please contact the Membership Secretary at membership@londonrc.org.uk.