Training is done on the river on Wednesday afternoons and at the weekend, land training is done at Bloomsbury gym through the week. The whole club also comes together for weekly for circuits. Through training often on the water, and in the gym, we get everyone up to a good standard as quickly as possible.
The UCL novice squads are coached by Alan “Woody” Sherman. He is a very experienced coach and a Paralympic Bronze medallist cox.
One of the women’s 8s, named after Woody
The novice squad is formed in October. The first stage of becoming a novice at UCLBC is coming to meet us and sign up at the Freshers Fayre. Then the following weekend (4/5th October) is give-it-a-go weekend which gives people the chance to try rowing on the river before deciding whether they want to join up or not.
The following link is useful to read-up on before your try out: Basics of the rowing stroke.
Following the give-it-a-go weekend, the novice squads are then put together and regular training is started. The novice squads enter numerous races over the year. These include: Cambridge Head (the first race, early in term 1), the Allom Cup, Women’s Eights Head of the River Race, the Head of the River Race, BUCS Head/Regatta and more. After the summer exams they aim to qualify for Henley Women’s and Henley Royal Regatta.
There’s are two main training camps in the year. The first is in January (based at the boat house in Chiswick) and another one in Avis (Portugal) in the Easter holidays. These are very beneficial for everyone’s rowing and a lot of fun also.