Rowing is the ultimate university sport and is one of Britain’s most successful Olympic events! Many of these Olympians such as Katherine Grainger learnt to row at university, making it the perfect sport to pick up during your time at Leicester.
The University of Leicester Boat Club (ULBC) won "Most Improved Club of the Year 2014/15"; were short listed for “Club of the Year 2017/18” and “Committee of the Year 2017/18” and is only getting bigger and better! We are the largest mixed society at the university, and every year we welcome both experienced and novice rowers to join our fun and friendly club.
Our novice squad caters for athletes who have never tried rowing before; no matter your fitness or ability we will teach you how to row and you can go on to race as competitive novices within a few months. This also takes place in the cheapest and (we think) the highest value Learn to Row course in the country! The novice crews quickly become a huge part of the club, when you join you'll meet and socialise with people from all years and courses.
We also have a squad for experienced rowers not looking to race competitively or who want to improve and transition into the senior squad. With any squad you will massively improve your technique on the water and see huge gains in fitness. Both squads have international quality boats, and since 2017, brand new Concept2 Skinny Oars! This has catapulted Men’s and Women’s squads to consistently perform at a high level which and is the place for ambitious athletes who want to improve their performance with dedicated coaches.
We also have a casual squad for experienced rowers not looking to race competitively or who want to improve and transition into the senior squad. With any squad you will massively improve your technique on the water and see huge gains and fitness.
Rowing isn’t just about competing though; we have a thriving social scene - so big that we have 2 social secretaries dedicated to making sure every event we have is amazing. Our weekly socials are the best of any sports club (look out for the infamous Christmas Smurf Social) and we also get classy at the Annual Christmas Ball. We get cheaper 02 tickets also so there is no reason not to join the family. Not only this, but every Easter ULBC goes on tour to places such as Berlin, Amsterdam, Barcelona and Prague!
You’ll find us at fresher’s fair, and throughout the two weeks of freshers-fortnight we hold loads of events including the Fresher’s T-shirt Bar Crawl (over 120 people attended last year) and free rowing taster sessions. Experienced rowers can join our seniors for training on the first weekend of term, 1st/2nd October, and see how you like it. Like our Facebook page to stay updated!
Make the most of your university experience, meet lifelong friends, and have something to brag about when you visit home - join this iconic university sport!
Club Captain/ President
Novice: £25 (Semester 1)
Senior: £125 to Team Leicester (Contact club for further information)
Varies per race.
Additional training throughout the week will be available for each Novice, Senior and Indoor Group dependant on what the captains/ coaches set.
Code of Practice
Boat Club Code of Practice