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University of Birmingham Boat Club


University of Birmingham Boat Club

University of Birmingham Boat Club
Image showing the rowing club's emblem
Image showing the rowing club's blade colours
Location Edgbaston, Birmingham, England
Home water River Severn
Founded 1961 (1961)
Membership 100
Affiliations British Rowing

The University of Birmingham Boat Club (UBBC) is the rowing club of the University of Birmingham, England. It currently has more than 100 members. Its alumni club is called the Two Lions Boat Club.


  • Organisation 1
  • Racing 2
  • Training camps 3
  • Social events 4
  • Club facilities 5


The club aims to cater for all rowers by splitting the club into two main sections, the Senior Squad and the Development Squad. The Senior Squad comprises athletes with previous rowing (or sculling) experience. This may have come from rowing at school, rowing for a home club, or from progression through the University's boat club. The Development Squad consists of rowers who have had very little, or no, rowing experience. Each section has both men and women members, and their own coaching staff. The Senior Squad have a paid full-time coach.

The club has links with the World Class Start program, a program aimed at earmarking rowers with the potential to become members of the Great Britain squad.


BUCS Regatta

The club competes at a number of races across the country each season including:

In addition the club also sends its squad to the Concept2 British Indoor Rowing Championships, which it also helps to staff alongside University of Warwick Boat Club.

Training camps

The River Lot, venue for the club's 2011 Training Camp

The entire squad relocates to a training camp during each Easter Holiday (usually at the end of April). This allows an intensive daily training program consisting of three water sessions a day, land sessions, video analysis and ergo work in the build up to the regatta season. Recent training camps have been located at purpose built rowing centres such as Centre du Omnisport at Temple sur Lot, France, which also hosted the Oxford crew in the build up to the 2011 Boat Race.

Social events

The majority of the club at the Pimm's Party event

As well as a serious sporting side, the club has a vibrant social side. The club is always in attendance at the "Sports Night" events held on Wednesday evenings at the Guild of Students (Student Union). These evenings provide an opportunity for all the sports clubs of the University of Birmingham to socialise together. Often these nights are themed to provide an extra added twist to the night's fun, and are held fortnightly.

In addition to these events, the boat club has 3 formal events each year.

  • The Christmas Ball takes place at the end of the first semester.
  • The Spring Ball occurs towards the end of the second semester. For the past few years the event has been staged at Edgbaston Cricket Ground, home to Warwickshire County Cricket Club and a short walk from the University. A number of alumni also attend the event, as well as a guest speaker. The most notable guest speaker of recent times has been Peter Haining MBE, assistant coach at Oxford Brookes University Boat Club. The Vice-Chancellor of the University is also invited to the Spring Ball.
  • The Pimm's Party is the boat club's summer event. This event takes place during June, and is the most popular of the three formal events. The day begins with a coach drive to Worcester in the afternoon, followed by Pimm's, strawberries and cream, and lots of socialising. This is followed by an evenings cruising up and down the River Severn on a boat.

Club facilities

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