Learn to row or cox with University of Kent Rowing Club

Interested in trying something new and exciting at university? Look no further!

We’re looking for the University of Kent Rowing Club class of 2020 - whether you’re interested in rowing or coxing.

Rowing is the quintessential team sport due to its crew-based nature, and also one of the great British pastimes - look at the Oxford/Cambridge Boat Race! We’re giving you the opportunity both to learn a unique and enjoyable activity, and to join our vibrant community, with a calendar chock-full of post-training pub/McDonald’s trips, weekly socials, and extravagant balls. You’ll also be able to represent the University of Kent at nation-wide races, and improve your fitness.

If you’re interested in leadership (or just want to boss people around!), you could be a coxswain (“cox”) in the making! The cox is arguably the most important crew member - responsible for steering the boat and motivating the rowers to be their best.

Compared to many other sports, rowing is unusual in that people often first encounter it at university. We fully appreciate this, which is why we have a dedicated, no-experience-required beginners’ programme for both coxswains and rowers. Most of our experienced members learned with us, and we welcome newbies - you are our future!

Our committee is also proud to announce that for the first time, your first four weeks will be free, without any commitment. We love this sport, and want to make it as inclusive as possible. We’re also confident that you’ll fall in love with it too!

What about COVID-19?

We are all just as concerned as you about the impact of COVID-19 on clubs and societies and their safe operation.

Fortunately, British Rowing (the governing organisation for rowing in Britain) has issued a comprehensive set of guidelines to help us manage the safety concerns, and we are following these closely. Currently, it is looking likely that we will be able to resume training in September with careful social distancing, sanitary, and protective measures in place.

If you would like more details, stay tuned for an upcoming post! If you have any questions or concerns, please get in touch.

I’m interested! What next?

  • Look out for us at the Virtual Freshers’ Fair: Thu 24th - Fri 25th Sep.
    You’ll be able to join our mailing list and be kept up-to-date on our events (without any commitment).
  • Attend an intro meeting: Tue 29th Sep, 18:00 or 19:00.
    This is an introduction to our club and what we do! We’ll let you know here about next steps.
  • Try it out at a taster session: TBC.
    These are a great way to meet some of the club, see what we’re all about, and give rowing or coxing a go yourself! There’s absolutely no commitment afterwards, and we’re even hoping to have a free BBQ going…
  • Enjoy your first outing: TBC.
    If you’re rowing, you’ll be put into crews of eight with your fellow beginners - they’ll fast become your rowing family! If you’re coxing, you’ll learn the ropes in some of our senior boats before taking over your own crew!
  • Enjoy your first social: TBC.
    The first of our weekly socials will be an icebreaker, to help you integrate into our awesome community!

Awesome! What happens after that?

You’ll continue to enjoy three coached sessions a week and all of our socials!
That’s two sessions on water, one on land - all on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

If at any point you’re not feeling it - no worries, just let us know! Otherwise, after the first four free weeks are up, you’ll have the option to join as a full member for the rest of the term (£33 for rowers, £17 for coxes). You’ll continue to become fully-fledged rowers, and your crew will have the option of two extra weekly sessions (one on land, one on water). This will culminate in your exciting first races a few weeks later, and your graduation to senior rowers at the end of the term, marked by our legendary Winter Ball.

In the New Year, you’ll be able to join the senior squads. Our termly membership rates for seniors are still incredibly low (£50 for rowers, £25 for coxes)! Kicking off the year with our Winter Training Camp, you’ll continue to improve as rowers, enjoy our community and social events. You’ll race at national events throughout - including the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) regatta, directly after our Easter Training Camp. The end of your first year of rowing will be marked by our epic Summer Ball.

Community at University of Kent Rowing Club

We look forward to welcoming you in September 2020!