Blue Coat is fortunate to be situated on the River Thames close to Sonning Lock, with a new boat house on site. The rowing club is growing in number and has reached over 100 boys who train competitively and represent the school at local and national level. Our oarsmen are distributed throughout Years 7 to Upper Sixth.
Year 8 (J13)
In Year 8 the boys develop their skills on the water. They are able to train twice a week after school until the October half term break. After-school training resumes after the February half term break. The boys can train on Saturday mornings throughout the year.
Year 9 (J14) – Moving on to the next stage
When athletes reach Year 9 they row in games in the Easter and Summer terms and usually train twice a week after school. They begin land training in earnest and discover the delights of circuits and ergos. By this stage they should all have perfect technique and be well prepared for their first year of national competitions. Year 9 boys can train on Saturday mornings throughout the year.
Year 10 (J15) – Moving on from Sculling
When boys reach Year 10 they are able to begin rowing (with one oar). They will row during games in the second and third terms and usually train on Saturday mornings and three times a week after school. They race at local and national events.
Senior Squad (J16 – J18)
In Year 11 the boys join the Senior squad. The senior squad will usually train six or seven times a week and their aims for the year are a top 10 place at the Schools Head of the River Race, reaching finals at the National Schools Regatta and Henley Royal Regatta qualification.
The Friends of Boating is a mainly parental support body for the Boat Club with an active round of social and fund-raising events.