The University of London Boat Club (ULBC or UL) is the rowing club for the University of London with membership open to students of all of its constituent Colleges. As with other collegiate universities, many of the University of London's colleges have their own boat clubs. Members of these college boat clubs who feel strong enough can trial for a place in the squad of The University of London Boat Club to compete at an elite level.
Based in Chiswick, West London, the University of London Boat Club’s High-Performance Programme is recognised and supported by the GB Rowing Team and funded through the National Lottery, providing a pathway for athletes onto the U23 and Senior GB Rowing Teams.
ULBC has a track record of coaching rowers to challenge for a place in the GB Rowing National Squads and is committed to Rowing’s World Class Performance Strategy.
What We Do
ULBC have a distinguished history of producing athletes who have gone on to represent Great Britain in rowing at the Olympics and World Championships. ULBC has been represented at every Olympic Games since 1960, has more Henley Royal Regatta wins than any other British University in history, and has won at least one event a year at Henley Women's Regatta for the past 20 years. ULBC has produced a huge number of international representatives, many of whom have then gone on to medal or win at Senior and U23 World Championships and Olympic Games.
ULBC’s boathouse and gym sits on the bank of the River Thames, in between Chiswick Bridge and Kew Rail Bridge, offering one of the most extensive stretches of water that a University Boat Club has to offer. ULBC’s boathouse features extra boat storage, large changing rooms, as well as an overnight bunk room. In addition, ULBC’s gym boasts extensive indoor rowing equipment including PM5 concept 2 rowing machines, concept 2 static bikes, row perfect’s, and a complete strength and conditioning gym.
In line with ULBC’s elite rowing program, UL offer a wider range of opportunities including the annual ULBC formal dinner, where current athletes are able to mix and connect with UL Alumni, Olympians, and current GB Rowing team members.
Other opportunities consist of:
- British Championship Regatta
- Oxford and Cambridge Fixtures
- BUCS Head and Regatta
- Women’s Head of the River
- Head of the River
- Henley Women’s Regatta
- Henley Royal Regatta
- European University Rowing Championships
- International Universities Rowing Regatta - China
Alongside its numerous international achievements, ULBC also dominate domestic and academic events offering one of Britain’s leading rowing programmes.
ULBC’s most recent achievements include:
- BUCS Head Champions Men’s & Women’s Eight - 2018
- BUCS Head Champions Men’s & Women’s Coxed and Coxless Fours - 2018
- Women’s Head of the River Race, 5th – 2018
- Head of the River Race, 6th – 2018
- BUCS Regatta Men’s Eight, Silver – 2017 & 2018
- BUCS Regatta Champions Women’s Eight – 2018
- BUCS Regatta Champions Men’s & Women’s Coxless Fours - 2018
- Henley Royal Regatta Temple Finalists – 2017 and Visitors Finalists – 2018
- Henley Women’s Regatta Cathy Cruickshank Trophy, Winners – 2014-2018
When and Where
The squad train twice a day, Monday to Saturday, with water sessions and most land-based sessions taking place at the University of London Boat House:
81 Hartington Road,
The boathouse is a 5-minute walk from National Rail Chiswick Station, and a 15-minute walk from Gunnersbury tube station (District Line), making it one of the most accessible university rowing clubs.
ULBC offers coaching to a world class level, additionally coaching athletes for U23 World Championships and FISU World University Rowing Championships.
Alongside three strength and conditioning coaches, the coaching team includes:
- Phil Gray – Head Coach
- Hugo Gulliver – Senior Coach
- Gen Read – Development Coach
Membership to ULBC includes £100 up front (paid to Student Central), plus monthly payments.
Monthly subs include:
- Coaching from our three international level coaches
- World class fleet of boats
- All race entries
- Use of boathouse gym
- Overnight accommodation at boathouse
If you wish to join ULBC, please contact the boat club directly:
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