The cornerstone of our Boat Club is to provide excellent coaching. Every rower should leave school with the skills necessary to slot straight into a university rowing squad. We aim to produce competent scullers and sweep rowers who are self-disciplined, understand the training progression throughout the year and, above all, enjoy their sport.
RGS Boat Club has 80 members ranging in age from 14 to 18. We row on a 6.5km stretch of the River Severn in Worcester. In addition to training on the water, rowers follow a programme that includes body circuits, strength and conditioning, weights, and cross-training.
Rowing is offered as a Games option from Year Nine – with taster days for those in Year Eight who want to try the sport. The focus during J14-15 is on fun, fitness and learning to scull (with two oars). At this age our rowers compete at fixtures against local rowing schools, at small regattas in the county and some stand-out crews will be selected to compete at The National Junior Scullers’ Head and The National Schools’ Regatta.
We recognise that not everyone wishes to commit to high-level rowing, perhaps because of other interests. To enable all our rowers to continue in the sport we run two squads at J16-18.
Performance Squad rowers are aiming for top-level events such as National Schools’ and Henley Royal Regattas, or for GB selection. The commitment is to six to eight sessions a week (including Games).
Development Squad rowers continue to row during their Games sessions and attend Saturday mornings and one after-school session during the week, competing at a range of local regattas.