Oundle Town Rowing Club has a boathouse on the River Nene on the Barnwell Estate south of Oundle with in excess of 25 boats ranging from singles, through doubles/pairs, quads/fours to an eight. There are 2 launches that provide coaching and safety cover on the three and half kilometres of river between Barnwell Mill and Lilford lock.
The club is Club Mark accredited and affiliated to British Rowing.
We have a strong competitive group of adults in racing squads which take part in Regattas and Head races throughout the year on an increasingly competitive basis. We have also enjoyed several successes at the British Masters’ Championship – a national competition for Veteran Rowers (age 28+).
Men’s, Women’s and Mixed Crews train 3 times a week – on the River Nene during the summer and on the River/in the Gym during the winter. Coaching is provided by British Rowing qualified volunteers from within the club.
We have a strong junior section. Membership is available for 12 (year 7) to 18 year olds. A strong partnership with Prince William School provides opportunities for land-rowing (ergos) in after-school sessions during term times and Sunday rowing on the River Nene.
However, as with the adult section, should you wish to try out a new sport without competition we offer more relaxed sessions where you can enjoy it at your own pace.
Qualified coaches are available to assist all junior members to attain their potential in the sport of rowing. All coaches are British Rowing accredited and CRB checked.
This class of membership is open to all ages of adults. Casual outings on the attractive River Nene, using stable boats, offer the opportunity to keep fit in a friendly and relaxing atmosphere. Recreational rowing does not involve any serious or regular commitment to training. You could easily move to competitive rowing when you’re bitten by the ‘bug’!
Explore rowing is a new Sport England funded programme which aims to give thousands of adults the chance to try rowing or get back onto the water. Oundle Town Rowing Club is an accredited ‘Explore Rowing Club’. The Explore Rowing Project at Oundle Town Rowing Club had its official opening ceremony on Sunday, 11th September 2011.
Our stable boats and sympathetic coaches allow new rowers to develop basic skills and confidence on the water. Chances to row on other parts of our river or in other parts of the country are available. This opportunity has already been taken up by local members of U3A.
In 2010, OTRC won the National CCPR’s Sports Club of the Year (SCOTY) award. CCPR is the national alliance of governing and representative bodies of sport and recreation clubs. The award is given to clubs which demonstrate exemplary commitment to their members, to their local communities and to their sports.
One of OTRC’s recognised strengths is the clubs provision for adaptive rowing. Specific boats and coaching provide support for individuals with a wide range of disabilities, including visual impairment, to get out on the water and to enjoy and develop a new skill.