City of Bristol Rowing Club

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City of Bristol Rowing Club


Hanover Place,


20+ Yes Volunteers needed

We'd love more people to help us with fundraising, grant applications and advice.
We are also always on the look out for coaches and umpires. Maybe you rowed when you were younger and would like to get involved again. Training can be provided.

About our club

City of Bristol Rowing Club has been rowing in Bristol Harbour for 65 years, although rowing has been an active sport in the area for longer. Its roots are in the docker's social clubs in the time when the harbourside was a working dock. The community club is a charity and relies entirely on volunteers to manage it and coach its athletes.

About us
In the last ten years membership of the club has doubled. In 2017 there are around 270 members aged from 11 to 79, enjoying regular rowing on the docks. The club competes and participates at every level in the rowing world:
• Teaching complete beginners to row on the very popular adult and junior ‘learn to row’ courses
• Providing team-building courses to companies through the ‘corporate row’ event and regatta
• Working with local schools to encourage participation in the sport
• Encouraging and developing a very successful junior squad. This year they have won gold, silver and bronze at the National Schools Regatta and British Rowing Championships.
• A growing women’s squad who regularly compete and win local events at all levels. The senior women’s squad has 48 athletes targeting national events including the prestigious Henley women’s regatta.
• A strong and competitive men’s squad with 50 senior squad athletes who challenge for places at Henley Royal Regatta.
• Recreational squads who enjoy rowing on the docks, keeping healthy and fit.

Development plans
The club has been developing plans for a new boathouse and fundraising for over 10 years. The club’s Youtube video tells its story about the boathouse plans and rowing out of an old tin shed with two toilets.

Sports and activities

  • Rowing

Skills Required

  • Coaching
  • Fundraising
  • Grant application writing
  • Mechanics
  • Umpiring
  • Working with children and young people

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