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The Royal Shrewsbury School Boat Club (RSSBC) was founded in 1866 and the Boathouse is located on an idyllic stretch of the River Severn opposite the Quarry Park close to the town centre.
The School is nationally recognised as one of the leading rowing schools in the country and boasts an impressive 14 Henley Royal Regatta wins to its name. With the move to co-education, the girls’ crews at the RSSBC have quickly made their mark. In 2015 they were one of only six schools nationally to qualify for the Henley Royal Regatta, and in 2019 they reached the semi-finals of the Diamond Jubilee Challenge Cup.
The Boat Club has over 200 pupils taking part in the sport through the course of the year with a mix of participation: many pupils make rowing their major sport for all three terms; others enjoy the sport at house level in 'Bumpers', the Oxbridge-style house bumping races which provide the climax to the Summer Term.
The majority of our pupils learn to row at Shrewsbury so no previous experience is necessary, but we are also delighted to have experienced rowers join us.
The Boathouse is in prime position only a short walk down the hill from the School itself and has extensive training facilities including the Yale Boathouse that was opened in 2012 adjacent to the 1921 Pugh Boathouse. The buildings house a well-equipped gym, a rowing tank, impressive Clubroom and a storage area that houses a fleet of over 100 rowing boats and nine coaching launches. The impressive fleet includes state-of-the-art equipment for our competing crews and those involved in the GB trials process. The club has three sets of telemetry that are used to monitor and support the coaching of the senior boys and girls to aid performance.
The Boat Club is a supportive environment with an impressive and passionate contingent of coaching staff, many of whom also play a significant role on both academic and pastoral fronts. Athol Hundermark is the full-time Director of Rowing who is responsible for the day to day running of the programme and performance of the senior boys’ squad, with Rob Wilson driving the senior girls’ squad.
The Club is fully supportive of the GB trials system and is proud to have numerous Salopians who have and continue to feature internationally at all levels. The majority of our rowers continue rowing beyond school with exciting numbers of pupils rowing at top rowing Universities around the world, including Oxbridge and many of the Ivy Leagues in the USA.
The OId Salopians' rowing club, 'Sabrina', is a thriving section and hugely supportive, not only in helping to fund the equipment and facilities for our rowers, but also by attending and supporting our crews when they compete across the country. Please see the Sabrina page for more information.
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