Rowing in London
There are many beautiful and high quality rowing clubs, which makes rowing a popular sport within the Capital. London has a number of rowing clubs that anyone can join. Here are 5 of the best rowing clubs in London.
Lea Rowing Club has a number of options available for you take up rowing. Recreational Rowing will allow members to continue their rowing practice on the club’s wider, sturdier boats so as to offer the enjoyment of rowing in as safe a way as possible. However, for the slightly more dedicated members there are the options of either Learn2Train or Learn2Race groups. These groups take place at the club multiple times a week (Learn2Train have 3 sessions a week while Learn2Race have 4) and offer a mixture of sessions in the gym and on the water with a view to members representing the club at competitive regattas.
Lea Rowing Club’s representation at regattas have been incredibly successful over the years, with the women’s team being particularly strong. If you’re looking for a club to grow from beginner into a seasoned competitor then Lea Rowing Club is undoubtedly one of the best available in the London area.
The Kingston Rowing Club is one of the oldest, and most successful amateur rowing clubs in London. The club has facilities for rowers of all levels from novice to Olympic level and training is available at all levels in between. As a beginner you will be invited to join the novice squads to hone technique and get to know the area. While the ultimate goal of the novice squad is to advance rowers through the ranks to eventually compete in regattas, the atmosphere is friendly and sociable. Most novice rowers join the club as a way of getting fit and then become more involved in club activities as time goes on so the club has a community feel with a number of social events helping to fuel that atmosphere.
As well as providing top level coaching and facilities Kingston Rowing Club also host their own regatta that sees over 250 races take place over the course of two days. The races provide a weekend of entertainment that can be enjoyed either from the riverbank or in the club enclosure with the option of a meal available to all those in the club enclosure.
A friendly and welcoming rowing club based in Hounslow the Mortlake Anglian & Alpha Boat Club offer a fantastic, 6 week learn to row course based on the Thames. The course is available to everyone over the age of 18 regardless of ability or fitness level, and offers 12 sessions over the 6 week period to give a full overview of rowing techniques, fitness training and social benefits of joining the club.
Following the completion of the 6 week course, which is taught by trained professionals, you will be offered the chance to experience a 2 week trial with the novice rowing squad at no extra charge. This free trial period will allow you to make an informed decision about becoming a full member of the club. The club offers a variety of social events as well as the rowing and fitness training that will help to create a bond between club members.
The Auriol Kensington Rowing Club, based in Hammersmith, was founded in 1981 by the merger of Auriol Rowing Club and Kensington Rowing Club and has been providing high quality coaching and facilities ever since. The Auriol Kensington RC Learn to Row scheme, offers a dynamic, 6 week (12 session), get fit to row course that teaches the correct technique and helps improve fitness levels. Following the completion of the get fit to row sessions you will be invited to join the development squad where rowers will move into the boats and put into practice the sills taught in the Learn to row classes. As rowers progress through the club there will be opportunities to compete at regattas and events. Auriol Kensington Rowing Club has a successful, competitive history which includes multiple world champions in the single scull event.