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Squad System

BUBC has an emerging squad system. At the start of every year, all senior rowers undergo fitness and rowing assessments. They are then placed in boats based on three categories: Athlete, Intermediate, and Beginner. This allows people with similar commitment, goals and atheletic ability to be placed in crews. All assessments are open and transparent and based on flexibility, power and strength, rowing machine scores, attendance, and the coach's assessment of technical ability. The head coach and fresher development coach is Jonathon Carr-Brown. Both the men's and women's squads follow the same land and water training programme.

Beginner's Squad

BUBC is a performance club within Sport BU. Each year we select between 10 and 14 men and women to take part in an accelerated programme with the aim of achieving a top 8 finish in a "sculling" discipline at the British University Championships in May. Once selected the fast track squad will be invited to train and row with the senior squads. They will also be asked to sign a pledge to complete at least 80% of the Intermediate squad training programme. DETAILS OF THE SCHEME WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE FRESHERS' FAIR ON SATURDAY 23 SEPTEMBER 2023, AT THE BUBC STAND.

Cox's Squad


The intermediate squad is designed for athletes who have completed their beginner rowing year at BUBC or are coming to  Bournemouth with at least two years of competitive rowing under their belt at a club or national schools level (Championship, 2nd boat, or J16). This squad is focused on achieving top 20 finishes at the British University Championships in May. The top intermediates may then be selected to continue the rowing season up to July if they aspire to compete at International Regattas like Henley Royal Regatta and Women's Henley. This selection is based on commitment levels, technical ability, and fitness assessed against gold medal times (which doesn't mean you have to be good enough to win!). Intermediate athletes are expected to do 80% of the land training programme and 90% of the water work programme.

Athlete's Squad

This is for the small group of athletes who have been selected or aspire to be selected for England U23s, World and European University Games or the Student GB Programme. They are expected to have a higher level of commitment and proven or aspirational athletic ability within certain parameters. Typical a male rower in this category will be able to complete 1000m on a Concept two in under 3'10" (rate 24spm) and 250m (rate 40spm minimum) in under 40". A women would be able to complete 1000m in 3'40" and 250 in under 50". Athletes should be aspiring to compete at Championship Level at BUCs or top eight in intermediate level and be seeking Henley qualification.

By far the most important person in any boat is the person keeping it on course. In rowing the people who steer boats are called coxes and they are literally worth their weight in gold. You can be a man or a woman and we need coxes more than we need rowers. We run a Cox's squad and offer training, reduced fees and membership for anyone willing to take on management responsibility for our crews. We are looking for small, light people (minimum weight 55kilos) who know how to get people organised and motivated. The steering is perhaps the simplest thing we will teach you. Cox's are assessed like rowers and you will have to compete for your place in the best boats.

Women's and Men's Ratio

BUBC attempts to run even numbers of male and female athletes. The total capacity of the squad is around 40 members and we try and have a minimum of 14 women and 14 men from all categories.



Lightweight Athletes

If you are a man and weigh 72kg or 58kg if you are a woman why not consider joining our new lightweight rowing squads. This new squad was started in the 2018-19 season and led to the men's lightweight's achieving a B-Final place in the Championship Lightweight eights place at the British University Championships. This year we intend to create a women's lightweight squad.  Potential lightweights will be selected at the start of the year.



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