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)

Who wants to be an Entries Secretary?

Posted by Angela Watling | January 12, 2011

After almost two years as Entries Secretary, work and other rowing commitments mean I need to stand down from the role by the end of February. So, for all of those of you wanting to get more involved in the club, here is your chance! The Entries Secretary role is vital to the club – without one, BRC rowers would drive a trailer of boats to a regatta and then just sit on the sidelines looking jealous!

 

The key jobs of the Entries Secretary are:

 

    – Submitting crew entries for events;
    – Collecting entry fees and petrol money from squad VCs;
    – Paying race fees to event organisers;
    – Collating the list of up-and-coming races and updating the BRC website;
    – Attending the start of the monthly Rowing Committee meetings to talk to squad VCs about future events;
    – Various other bits and bobs!

 
One important thing an Entries Secretary must be is organised and able to meet deadlines. Once the club deadline has passed, entries need to be submitted quickly so that the event doesn’t close. However, most events take entries through the British Rowing Online Entry system which is really easy to use!

 
The post is a great way to get involved with all squads. You end-up knowing where everyone is going and what they are doing! So, if you are interested, please email me at entries@broxbournerowingclub.org and help the club to keep racing!

Too many mince pies this Christmas?

Posted by Sarah Gilliver | January 3, 2011

Kick start your 2011 training with club circuits from this Tuesday, 4th January. Choose your level of work and complete either 3 or 4 circuits of 10-12 exercises. Dust off the trainers and be warmed up, ready for a prompt start at 7:30pm.

Social Committee – Members Needed!

Posted by Penny Scorah | November 25, 2010

I’d like to get together a group of 3-4 people to run the social events at the club. One of those people will sit on the management committee.

Each member would have the following responsibilities:

1. be trained up in how to run the bar so the responsibility of opening the bar on Tuesday nights and at social events can be shared round.
2. jointly organise the social events.

We will meet on an adhoc basis. Probably once every couple of months depending on what events we have coming up. Now we have the clubhouse there is potential to have a lot more social gatherings so we need more people to organise these.

The first job of the social committee is to buy the Christmas decorations and make the club look festive and pretty!

Please email me or have a chat with me at the club if you would like to get involved.

Thanks,

Penny

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

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