RowingFixtures and Results
Rowing has been part of the lifeblood of Bryanston since its foundation. With the stunning new Boathouse in the school grounds on the banks of the Stour, the Boat Club is keen to welcome any inquisitive boy or girl who is keen to try something different.
The principle aims of the Boat Club are to have fun, to allow any pupil the chance to acquire the skills of rowing, sculling, and/or coxing, and to provide racing opportunities in line with the pupil's ambitions. It is a perfect sport for developing fitness and for generating a team spirit. Rowing is in the unique position to be able to have boys and girls training together and supporting each other at events?
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Rowing in D (J14): try something new
In the spring and summer term, any D boy or girl can take up the sport. Most have never done it before, and so we focus on carefully acquiring the essential skills and watermanship, always with the emphasis on enjoyment. Those that row for both terms will become more competitive and venture to some summer regattas, but there are also friendly events for all. Pupils start with sculling, because it is more symmetrical and more skilful. We start with crew sculling (mainly quads) and venture later into smaller crew boats and individual boats, especially in the summer term.
Rowing in C (J15): consolidation
Rowing in C involves the development of skills and possibly a change to sweep rowing (one oar each instead of two). There is a shift in philosophy, where we gradually introduce the idea of training, both on land and on water, whilst still encouraging the pupils time to take part in all Bryanston’s other activities. To be truly competitive, we encourage pupils to row for all three terms, but don’t insist on it.
Rowing in B and A (J16 and J18): the top of the pile
Continuity is vital to the success of the boat club. To row in a fast boat with your friends and peers is an unforgettable experience. As rowers enter the examination years, they need to have faith that rowing provides a perfect stress-reliever and helps motivate pupils to be more organised. Although we seek a higher level of success in the senior years, we do not train at the expense of everything else and we offer flexible programmes to suit the individual. There are expectations, but there are also the rewards of competing at the National Schools’ Regatta, Women's Henley Regatta or Henley Royal Regatta. Those that don’t quite have the same competitive ‘bug’ and are seeking a way of exercising between revision periods will still receive the same welcome at the river. To be truly competitive, we encourage pupils to row for all three terms, but don’t insist on it.
Buffaloes and Beyond
Many Bryanston rowers go on to row at clubs or universities after school and see us at events around the country. Bryanston rowing has a truly supportive and active network of parents and OBs known as the Bryanston Buffaloes (www.bryanston.co.uk/buffaloes). There are social occasions, information networks, and a Committee set up to support the Club. Past rowers of Bryanston include Olympians, other internationals, and Blues, and generations of men and women who have simply stayed involved in the sport for pleasure.
All Bryanston pupils who row, together with their parents, are automatically members of the Buffaloes. After leaving the school there is the option to extend this membership.