UCL Boat Club

At UCLBC we welcome athletes of all experiences; from those who’ve never touched a boat in their life to those who’ve rowed since before they could walk. We believe it’s important to make the most of university and so encourage not only the physical side of the training but also offer great social opportunities to enjoy all aspects of student life. Rowing is a greatly exciting sport and community and we’d love to have you join us!

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UCLBC Inclusion and Diversity Statement

We recognise that rowing has been a part of maintaining and promoting structures that are systemically racist and classist and that, at times, UCLBC has not been an inclusive space – we apologise unreservedly to our members, those who were put off from learning to row and our alumni, for this.

We apologise for our lack of previous response to the historic and current issues around racism, and only now recognising and acting on the need for urgent and fundamental changes to our systems in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement.

UCLBC is committed to overcoming the issues of lack of inclusivity in our club: an issue that is sadly not uncommon within the sport. We are putting in place proactive steps to change this:

    • We are actively promoting to a wide range of minority cultural societies to give more people the opportunity to learn to row;
    • We are emailing club members and coaches with the steps we are taking to create an inclusive environment, and taking feedback from them;
    • We are committed to guiding members to access funding and support, to make rowing more affordable;
    • Building on the committee’s previous donations, we are establishing an inclusivity fund, and pledging half of the money raised during our row-a-thon to support our members by subsidising membership, kit and race tickets etc.;
    • Re-examining the systems in place for rowers to report prejudicial and racist incidents, and building a zero-tolerance culture to racism and xenophobia;
    • Ensuring the committee members all complete bystander training and all committee members and coaches complete unconscious bias training to help us become better team leaders;
    • We are working to make our sport, our socials and community more open, and ensuring they are accessible to all members;
    • By partnering with Love Rowing, we are hoping to support a greater effort to increase the inclusivity of rowing and are aiming for a sustainable relationship that builds year on year;
    • As part of BR & an established charity, Love Rowing is a role model & can provide guidance on future projects on increasing inclusivity & outreach through volunteering & fundraising;
    • We will be having regular reflections on our progress and are always open to feedback to change and improve.

We want to see these conversations and actions lead to a change in the culture of the club for the better. We want to continue to be strong in standing for affirmative actions on inclusivity, diversity and holding ourselves accountable and continuing to educate ourselves and our members.

The committee is excited and committed to making a change and building on our work and want to stress that this is a change we want to live – and last – as a whole rowing club community.

Your 2020-21 Committee

September 2020

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Join UCLBC

At UCLBC we have squads of Seniors and Novices. If you are a serious rower looking to compete at the UK’s most prestigious races and regattas then contact our Senior captains and come along to our preseason training camp. However, if you’ve never rowed before and you want to try your hand at it, then our novice squad beckons!

It’s not just rowers that can find a home at UCLBC, coxes too are much in demand. A unique way to be part of a sports club while at university with opportunities to develop and learn alongside your crew with the chance to make a big contribution to racing and even win medals.

We understand that the rowing future is uncertain, but we shall be updating what we can do in terms of training in accordance with the government and British Rowing guidelines. Alas, we hope to be on the water in bigger crews very soon!

If you are interested in joining UCLBC then please don’t hesitate to get in touch by either filling out the form below, or emailing one of the captains.

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Contact us

Should you need to contact us by post, our address is the following:

University College London Boat Club
Students’ Union UCL
25 Gordon Street
London
WC1H 0AY

Please feel free to get in touch with any of our committee members with any questions or queries you may have via email.

For general information please contact our president, Jaeho Bae, at uclbcpresident@gmail.com.

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