Want to join Thames?
Thames Rowing Club has membership categories for men and women of all age groups, from complete beginners to elite status athletes. The membership categories available are as follows:
Full membership (rowing); under-25 full membership (rowing); junior; student; gym; university vacation; cox; house; country; and overseas.
We normally host our annual start of season BBQ and welcome to new intermediate/senior members towards the end of August. There will be a meeting for beginners/novices on Sunday 18th September 2016 at 10am. We do however welcome new members throughout the year, so if you have any questions or are thinking you would like to join, please contact Pauline Rayner at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to come and have a look around the club, please go to our Contact page and email the relevant person.
You can race masters events from 1 January in the calendar year you turn 27.
We do not operate a structured programme for masters and there is no formal coaching, although experienced masters are welcome to join the various small groups who self-administer their activities and training. We recommend that potential members should initially make contact with the club to discuss options. We do not run a beginners masters squad and recommend that older individuals wishing to learn to row contact one of the many other local clubs which can cater for you.
Life membership is also available.
TRC runs a formal cox-coaching system. Organised by one of the club’s longstanding coaches, the programme will include seminars on specific topics, a 1-1 mentoring system, and an athlete feedback system. We will focus on improving every area of coxing, including steering, coaching, boat management, race day management, and racing. The programme will be interactive, so that coxes can learn from each other, rather than being lectured. Several experienced coxes contribute to this programme.
Beginners: men and women
Thames is a highly competitive rowing club. We are looking for beginners who aspire to eventually compete at the top domestic and international level.
Rowing is a very technical sport which requires dedication, strength, speed and endurance. It particularly suits those who have participated in a sport at a relatively serious level for some time and those who have just graduated from university.
We do not offer “Learn to Row” courses and expect those joining the club at a novice level to continue to develop their skills and fitness throughout the year.
The novice squad trains on the water every Saturday and Sunday from October to July. Land training, which all squad members are expected to attend, takes place twice a week from 7-9pm and includes body circuits, weights, rowing machine and indoor tank sessions to develop strength, fitness and technical skills.
Our novice/beginners intake starts in September. If you are interested please contact Pauline Rayner, membership secretary (see Contacts page for email addresses).
Thames does not have the capacity in terms of coaches or boats to train beginner masters rowers, and the time committment we ask from our novice squad means that the programme is not well-suited to older athletes with multiple career and family commitments. There are many other local clubs which do have active novice masters squads catering for those in their 30s and above who have not previously rowed.
Junior rowing at Thames RC is provided by our partner London Youth Rowing, which caters only for young people at state schools whose schools do not provide rowing programmes.
Thames Rowing Club has encouraged junior rowing for over 30 years. In 1991, Thames sponsored the beginnings of Putney High School Rowing (now independent of TRC at Barn Elms) and Dulwich College Rowing in 1991 (now independent of TRC, with a boathouse of their own)
Many other juniors from non rowing schools formed the basis of Putney High/Thames juniors group which has now developed into Thames Juniors and London Youth Rowing (LYR).
Thames Juniors/LYR has a designated head coach, Hannah Stone, who also supervises a team of qualified coaches. The junior section has a large fleet of designated singles, doubles and quads.
At the moment, junior rowing at Thames RC is currently operating a waiting list. Hannah Stone will throughout the year be sending emails to the waiting list offering opportunities to trial for places on the rowing team and information about summer courses.
The club cannot cater for junior rowers under 14 years old and rowing as a sport is not recommended for children under the age of 11 or 12. We also cannot offer places to privately-educated children.