The Oxford Brookes University Boat Club was started in the late 70's supported by 'ex' school rowers. The aims of the club were to provide participation in the sport of rowing, for as many people as possible, and to participate in events.
The club has grown and is certainly ranked amongst the top universities along with Oxford, Cambridge and London Universities.
The Boat Club currently sets out every year, in late September, with both experienced and novice rowers, and a full novice squad
The club now boasts a boathouse and a land training facility on the River Isis at Donnington in Oxford. We also have a boathouse and training centre at Wallingford some fifteen miles from Oxford, and this is mainly used for the more experienced athletes.
Training for all students in the Boat Club is strengthened to the desired aims of each individual, and whilst the club caters for 'fun' participation in the sport, it generally encourages athletes to set and achieve varying goals.
The club in turn has now established itself as proven winners in women’s and men’s rowing from novice level to World/Olympic class level. We currently have 5 current and 6 Alumni World / Olympic champions.
The mens' group now contains three Great Britain senior international athletes. The group also contains ten other athletes who have either rowed for Great Britain U23 or have junior international experience.
The club boasts thirteen wins in 11 years including 2002 at the Henley Royal Regatta, most recently culminating in success for the coxless IV, against Cambridge University.
Last years success also included a fifth place in the World Student Rowing championships VIII. The winning British eight at the Sydney Olympic games 2000 also contained 3 Brooke’s graduates.
The club is also extremely active in womens' rowing. The women compete at all levels in university events and at local regattas. Most recently, the top womens VIII successfully won the final at the Henley Womens' Regatta and numerous victories at provincial races were recorded.
It is the aim of the club to maintain it¹s profile in the sport, most particularly, the current high standing amongst top universities. The club will endeavour to push its top performance as high as possible, with the highest aims being to produce medal-winning athletes at Olympic and World championships.
In addition, ongoing success at all levels of achievement will be encouraged, enabling all members of the club to participate and work towards their personal goals.
The Boat Club actively welcomes new members at all times in the year. Anyone seeking further information concerning rowing should contact Richard Spratley, the Club Coach on 07836 235020, or check the Rowing Notice Board in the Centre for Sport.
Richard Spratley - Director of Coaching
Richard learnt to row at Henley rowing club in 1974 and rowed with distinction at all levels of the sport culminating in four years, in the mid eighties, as part of the Leander Club first VIII, achieving many national successes.
In 1989 Richard became involved in coaching with the Oxford Polytechnic mens' first VIII group. Under his guidance the crew was increased to a first VIII squad of up to twenty athletes and gradually successes at all levels of the sport were achieved.