Rowing has been at the core of life at Radley since 1849. From very modest beginnings, the Radley College Boat Club has grown into one of the best equipped, best coached clubs in the country, with the added good fortune of being on a particularly beautiful stretch of the Thames.
Rowing takes place in the Lent and Summer terms and seeks to accommodate all abilities and levels of commitment. Apart from the obvious benefits from the exercise, rowing develops great team spirit and an ability to work together found in few other sports. The demands of the training, particularly at the senior level, require self-discipline, time-management and motivation; skills that are reflected in above average exam results for most crew members.
During the five years that boys are ‘wet-bobs’ they progress through a carefully structured programme that will allow them to excel at the highest levels of British Junior Rowing or just keep fit and have some fun. After Radley many boys continue to row at university and typically one or two will be involved with the GB national squads.
Each year group puts two or more crews on the water that participate in a busy programme of private competitions with other schools, head of the river races and regattas. Parents, families and friends are very welcome at all these events, as they are to the social events organised by the Radley Mariners – the supporters’ club run by Old Radleians and parents. Please see The Mariners pages for further information.
Regatta information for Parents