New Boathouse


Since formation in 2006, Leeds Rowing Club has grown and established itself as a strong club with ambitious plans. As part of our development, we have been looking into options to increase the size of our facilities which will allow us to accelerate our ‘Learn To Row’ programme and bring more people into the sport – something for which there is a clear demand.

Over a number of years we have explored several sites, alongside stakeholders with interests in developing the sport of rowing in Leeds and the Yorkshire Region. We have now finished building a £1m facility with the University of Leeds on a site in South Leeds.



The Site

We have signed a 99 year lease on a plot of land at Thwaites Lane, Stourton from the Canal and River Trust (formerly British Waterways). The stretch of water is on the Aire and Calder Navigation Canal, and allows four kilometres of rowable water.


The site itself is in a heavily industrial area and near to Thwaite Mills Museum. A well used tow path and cycleway runs alongside the canal for its entirety. As a canal, the stretch of water does not have much flow and is well sheltered, ideal conditions for rowing. The site has excellent transport links to major roads and is about 2 minutes from the M1 motorway.


The Partners

We are working closely with the Canal and River Trust. They have a strong interest in seeing the most made of the waterway in their

stewardship. We have worked alongside British Rowing, who have named Leeds as one of three Key Strategic Development Areas nationally, and who have played an important role in fundraising. We are also working alongside the University of Leeds, who will share the site with us.

It is hoped that we will continue our good relationship with Leeds City Council, and we hope to be able to retain our site at Roundhay Park, which has been a welcome addition to Waterloo Lake since 2006.


We are now in a process of raising the outstanding funds through a range of methods, including: landfill grants, corporate sponsorship,

fundraising events and other fundraising programmes. Through our fundraising efforts, we have also raised thousands of pounds for charity partners including Cancer Research UK, The British Heart Foundation, St. Gemma’s Hospice and the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

For more information about our fundraising plans and sponsorship options, or if you would like to make a donation, please email


Check back here for the latest updates from site as well as pictures as our plans progress.


Boathouse Opening

David Cottrell welcomes guests to the opening event.










World Champion, Paul Bennett, speaks to members of both clubs.

World Champion, Paul Bennett, speaks to members of both clubs.










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The boathouse after ‘topping out’ in July 2014




















Left to Right - Rob Wadsworth (University of Leeds), David Cottrell (Leeds RC) and Alan Meegan (British Rowing)

Left to Right – Rob Wadsworth (University of Leeds), David Cottrell (Leeds RC) and Alan Meegan (British Rowing)











Ground clearance has started on site.
Ground clearance has started on site.


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