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 Russell Theobald
Secretary Paul Breheny
Treasurer Jakki Hill
House & Grounds Andy Kelly
Health & Safety Rob Day
Social Treena Hilton
  Venue Co-ordinator
Jakki Hill (interim)

AGM Today at 11am

Posted by Rosie Sanderson | April 28, 2012

All club members should have received an email with information about today’s AGM. We are still looking for candidates for the following roles…

Management committee: All of the posts are up for election at the AGM, apart from the post of Captain. The current treasurer, Anne-Marie Bright does not wish to be nominated again due to pressure of work. The House and Grounds officer, Andy Kelly, would also be keen for someone to take over from him. The role of venue hire co-ordinator is also up for grabs as Penny cannot carry on the role. Venue hire co-ordinator is a co-opted role on the committee.

Please can all club members consider if they could do these important jobs, or if they know someone who could be persuaded to do so.

The main jobs of the Treasurer are as per the rules, in summary:

  • receipt and payment of all monies on behalf of the club
  • maintaining records of the accounts of the club
  • submitting a financial report and budget to the AGM

If you’re interested in taking over any of these roles please speak the current holders of the role and/or Russell for more information.

Restricted Gym Access – L2 Coaching Course

Posted by Craig Allan | April 28, 2012

The level 2 coaching course will be taking place in the gym on Sunday 29th March and Saturday 5th May. The gym will be closed for training on these days.


Trial Of New Tidal Flow System This Saturday

Posted by Craig Allan | January 26, 2012

We will be testing a new tidal flow system this Saturday. The river will be closed to club members before 8am on Saturday morning. Anyone wishing to participate in tidal flow must attend a safety briefing at 7.50am in the club room. Crews will be given numbers at the briefing and only crews with numbers will be allowed to boat. Matt Stallard and Martin Tate will be acting as marshals. Anyone attempting to boat without a number (having not attended the briefing) or failing to follow marshal’s instructions will be excluded from future tidal flow sessions.

The river will be open to other crews from 9.30am as usual.

Saturday 24th September – Clubhouse will be closed from midday onwards.

Posted by Penny Scorah | September 7, 2011

In order to get ready for a function the clubhouse will close from midday on Saturday 24th September. On Saturday morning there will be no access to the kitchen, lounge or gym but there will be access to the changing rooms and toilets. There will be a tea and toast table set up in the boathouse.
The boathouse will be open as usual but we ask that rowers/scullers are off the water by 3pm.
On Friday 23rd September there will be limited gym facilities and the lounge area will be out of use for most of the day.

Thank you in advance for your co-operation.

October Learn To Row- Volunteers Needed

Posted by Craig Allan | September 7, 2011

The next learn to row course starts on October 1st and runs both days for four weekends, starting at 9.30am each day. Chris Moody and the coaching team need help on the bank and in boats. Please try and volunteer for at least one session.

I’ll put a sign up sheet on the gym noticeboard.

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