About The Club

Leeds Rowing Club is a young and exciting addition to the sporting scene of the city. Since 2006, the club has grown to over 100 members of all age ranges and levels of experience. Our network of squads allows for all levels of commitment.

The club regularly competes in regattas and head races and represents the city at events in the north and across the UK. Training is managed in a squad system, with regular water time featuring as the top priority. Water sessions are held on most weekday evenings during the summer and weekends throughout the year.


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The club has an extremely good record in junior coaching and provides learn to row courses for adults and juniors alike. During the past few years of rapid growth, the club has seen competitiveness increase and is now in a position to challenge at major events.

Rowing is a popular and exciting team-orientated sport which can improve fitness and co-ordination. Leeds Rowing Club provides a friendly atmosphere which can cater for people at all levels, from the social rower to those aiming for top level performance.

Brief History

Until recently, Leeds was the largest city in the UK without an open rowing club. With a population of nearly a million people, the demand for a facility in the city was overwhelming. The club opened its doors to members in 2006 and has never looked back.

In recent years, Leeds’ representation in the rowing world has existed only through the University Boat Club, who row in York. Despite suitable stretches of water being available in the city, rowing has not featured on the river or canal since the early eighties, when there was a boathouse at Swillington. For a time during the nineties, Leeds Schools Rowing Club rowed from the boathouse at Roundhay.

Due to the resurgence of the sport during the late nineties and early part of this century, a demand for a rowing venue in Leeds was apparent. Space was available at Roundhay and with some hard work by committed members, Leeds Rowing Club was born in 2006. Since then, the club has expanded dramatically and has increased the competitiveness of all squads. The club is now redeveloping links with the University, with a joint clubhouse in South Leeds.

Club Structure

The club is run by an elected committee on behalf of its members, with an AGM held annually in September. The committee positions are: Chairman, Head of Rowing, Secretary, Treasurer, Development Officer, Safety Officer, Men’s Captain, Women’s Captain, Junior co-coordinator and Welfare Officer. The committee usually meet once a month to discuss club matters and make the important decisions to progress the club. As with most community sports clubs, Leeds Rowing Club has a constitution which provides the basis of the club structure. Leeds Rowing Club is a registered charity, charity number: 1142301.

The club operates on a squad system, overseen by the Head of Rowing. There are three squads in the club; Men’s, Women’s and Juniors. Within these squads, rowers of similar ability are usually grouped together so that training and coaching can be better co-ordinated. Whilst there is no specific division between open and masters categories, masters crews race at many of the events the club attends.

Rowing guidance is provided by a lead coach for each squad, with a number of club members providing additional coaching on a voluntary and periodic basis.


The club caters for rowers and scullers, with a fleet comprising of eight coxed fours, two coxless quad/four, four doubles (one of which can be rigged as a pair) and six single sculls. Additionally, there is racking space for members own boats and also seven training boats for new or inexperienced rowers. Three new Intersport racing shells were purchased in the winter of 2010/11 and a new Kanghua was purchased in 2013.

Land training is complemented with use of several Concept2 ergometers which are available for club member’s use in the clubhouse. Weights sessions form an important part of winter training and the club owns a good set of free weights.

The Roundhay clubhouse is shared with the local canoe club and comprises a weights room, showers, toilet, changing facilities and lockers. The Stourton boathouse is shared with the University of Leeds and has state of the art rowing facilities available for use.

The boathouse

The Roundhay Boathouse.


The Stourton Boathouse


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