Welcome to Broxbourne Rowing Club!  The Club was founded in 1847 and has since that date rowed the river Lea on the Hertfordshire / Essex border. The club caters for all rowing abilities from absolute beginners to those wishing to compete at Henley, and has large Veteran and Junior sections.


Club Management Structure

The club is run by volunteers; we have no paid staff and rely on people giving up their spare time to keep things running.

The Management Committee is responsible for the running of the club and is headed by the President. This group also comprises the Captain, Secretary, Treasurer, House and Grounds Officer, Safety Adviser and Social Secretary. These positions are elected annually at the AGM in April. The current members of the committee can be seen below.

The Rowing Committee is responsible for all rowing activities at the club and is headed by the Captain. This committee has Vice-Captains representing men, women, juniors, veterans and novices and the Equipment Officer who co-ordinates the maintenance of equipment. The Head Coach and Race Entries Secretary also sit on this committee. These positions are elected or nominated annually at the Rowing EGM in September. The current members of the rowing committee can be seen in the Rowing Squads section.

British Rowing (formerly the ARA)

Broxbourne Rowing Club is affiliated to British Rowing, the governing body for the sport. British Rowing is also responsible for the training and selection of individual rowers and crews representing Great Britain and for participation in and development of rowing and indoor rowing across clubs in the UK.
As a BRC member you are encouraged to join British Rowing, it has a wide range of benefits most notably providing a racing licence that is required to enter any competition and also a monthly magazine all about rowing! More information is available on the British Rowing Website.

Facilities and Equipment


Rowing Equipment: We are very lucky to have an extremely comprehensive fleet of boats which are maintained by the Equipment Officer. Use of boats by members is managed by the Captain and Equipment Officer. Your vice-captain will let you know which boats your squad has been allocated by the Captain. We ask members not to make any alterations to equipment (e.g. changing riggers) without permission from the Captain or Equipment Officer.

Boat Allocation: We allocate boats based on a number of factors such as the weight of the crew and level of experience of the crew. There is an inventory of all boats in the boatshed and a colour code which indicates this allocation. We have boats catering for everyone from Elite rowers to Recreational boats to Beginner and Junior boats.

Please respect equipment and take care particularly when taking boats in and out of the boathouse and coming on and off the water. All boats MUST be wiped down after each outing and any damage reported by writing in the repair book or notifying the Captain / Equipment Officer.

Health and Safety

Health and Safety is taken very seriously at BRC. It is essential that you follow all guidance from coaches and comply with the Rowing By-laws until you are signed off as ‘competent’ by your coach. For example, it is essential that you learn to scull under supervision of a coach to avoid a swimming session!
All incidents or accidents must be reported; there is an incident book for reporting these, a committee member can help you with this. The most common incidents are collisions so it is important to be vigilant at all times and shout ‘Take a look!’ to warn anyone that you think may be at risk of a collision.
Our safety policies are based on the ‘RowSafe’ guidelines from British Rowing. http://www.britishrowing.org/row-safe Please contact a rowing committee member or the Club Safety Officer if you have any questions.

Kit for Rowing

Members can log into the members area of the website to find out how to order club kit.
Clothing for Rowing: Ideally wear close fitting clothes that won’t get caught up in the boat whilst rowing are ideal, and multiple layers provide warmth allowing you to remove layers as you get warmer. A waterproof splash jacket is useful for rainy days and wear a hat when cold. Sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat are required in hot weather, the water does reflect and magnifies the sun. Remember to bring a change of clothes for afterwards – rowing is an outdoor sport so you may get wet!

How can I help as a volunteer?

We are always looking for volunteers to help with aspects of running the club. The committee positions are all elected on an annual basis, but there are many non-official roles that are essential. This may be helping with coaching (you do not need to be an expert rower to be a coach), organising social events, house and grounds maintenance and equipment repair. All members will be asked to help cook the Saturday morning breakfast on a rota basis. Please get in touch if you think you can help us out in any way.


The Management Committee

President Amanda Hosking
Captain Sarah Gilliver
Secretary Nicholas Murray
Treasurer Jakki Hill
House & Grounds Andy Kelly
Health & Safety Rob Day
Social Treena Hilton
  Venue Co-ordinator
Jakki Hill (interim)

New breakfast rota available…

Posted by Penny Scorah | November 11, 2010

Take a look: Breakfast rota

Clubhouse Heating

Posted by Amanda Jones | October 19, 2010

To all Broxbourne RC Members.  The clubhouse heating has been turned on.  We will be adjusting it over the next few weeks to get the best out of it so please don’t change any of the thermostat settings.  There will be no immediate effect if you do anyway as underfloor heating takes hours to change.  Also as we are keeping the gym cooler than the rest of the building please can you try to keep the internal doors (and of course external doors) closed.

Alistair Cutts

Acting President

New Kit Design – Have your say!

Posted by Penny Scorah | August 28, 2010

The club is considering a new kit design in the hope that people will stop referring to us as Reading! Please vote for your favourite in our online poll.

Annual Boat Cleaning and ‘MOT’: Your help required!!!

Posted by Michelle Turnham | August 25, 2010

We are very lucky at Broxbourne to have such a fantastic range of boats for our members to use. Now that the summer season is coming to a close it is time to give the boats their annual clean and service. This helps to keep our boats in good working order and was completed very successfully last year. Each boat will need to be thoroughly cleaned and any repairs, however small or trivial, can be addressed. Now is your chance to point out that pair of shoes or wobbly seat that has been annoying you!

This is obviously a huge job, so we need to enlist your help in completing this task. Each squad has been allocated boats to clean and check over, so please see your vice-captain or squad co-ordinator to see how you can help out, they have all been provided with lists of boats and instructions. Dave will also be on hand to provide parts or guidance. Whilst we appreciate that this may interfere with some rowing or socialising time, it is important to reduce large repair costs in the future and allow us to continue to expand our fleet.

Your help with this is very much appreciated.

Many thanks
Michelle (Captain) on behalf of the Rowing Committee.

Clubhouse: Help Needed Saturday Morning

Posted by Penny Scorah | July 28, 2010

We’re getting closer and closer to getting the new clubhouse opened. The place is looking fantastic – many thanks to the vets who have put a massive amount of work in over the past months! But it’s not quite finished yet – we need your help!

If you can get down the club this Saturday morning at 10am and report to Rob, Russell or Andy, they will give you jobs to do. The place needs cleaning and equipment needs moving. The more hands the better. I hear Beth has baked cake too so there might be reward for your effort ;o)

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