NUBC consists of four squads, split between men and women, and novice and senior level.
Coach: Angelo Savarino, Captain: Calum McRoberts
The Senior Men’s squad is one of the most successful squads in the UK, ranking in the top 5 for university rowing.
The squad follows Head Coach Angelo Savarino’s programme, specifically adapted for university athletes and derived from the Italian National squad’s training regime. The programme continues to have success for Italy at the U23 and Junior international levels. Training sessions tend to be over shorter distances but more intense than is typical in other rowing clubs, although the total mileage remains similar to or greater than other regimes.
The season begins with a focus on the GB trialling process for those who wish to enter, with others working on building fitness for the main head events of Rutherford Head (November), BUCS Head (February) and Men’s Head (March/April) and the summer season. After the Men’s Head the main focus becomes 2K racing with a view to BUCS Regatta in the first weekend of May. After BUCS Regatta, the main focus becomes Henley Royal Regatta and seat racing ensues to pick the top boats.
The squad has seen many notable successes, including winning Henley in 2008 & 2014, BUCS Championship 8s in 2011, 2012 & 2013 and pennants at the Head of the River in 2006, 2009 and 2010 & 2015. In addition, many squad members have achieved personal success – in the last 5 years alumni have gone on to win World Championships and the Boat Race.
Coach: Alex Leigh, Captain: Emily Ford
The senior women’s squad looks to take rowers with previous experience and push them to the highest levels of university rowing.
A high performance squad, training is seven days a week, following Angelo’s programme. The intensity and number of sessions varies, and is structured around major features such as GB trials and university exams.
The first races of the year aside from GB events are Rutherford Head in November, BUCS Head in February and Women’s Head in March. The season then shifts towards short racing courses with the first event being BUCS Regatta in early May.
After this, the squad merges with the Novices and puts full focus on Women’s Henley. Intense seat racing follows, and once crews are selected, they will follow a tight schedule, with as much as a race a weekend occurring in the run up to HWR.
The Women’s squad has grown in success immeasurably over the last few years, and now boasts wins at BUCS events, the National Championships, EUSA and Henley Women’s Regatta.
Coaches: Ciro Prisco, Captain: Ollie Charlwood
The novice men’s squad is made up of roughly 12 learner rowers who have never before touched an oar but are looking for a new sport to partake in, a new challenge to conquer and a new level of fitness to achieve that would previously have been unimaginable.
During the 9 months at Newcastle the novice squad train together as one in the gym, outside or on the water. The result is a tight knit, driven and focused group of men who are constantly pushing each other to better themselves and improve in all aspects of their fitness, strength and technique.
Throughout the year the team race in a number of categories – men’s eight and men’s four – at several events, the most prestigious of which include the internationally recognised Men’s Head of the River in London and BUCS regatta in Nottingham.
The Novice Men have gone from strength to strength over the past couple of years, going from 3rd in the B final at BUCS Regatta in 2012 to Bronze in the A final in 2015. The novice men have become a strong part of the senior squad with some racing for the seniors at the prestigious Henley Royal Regatta within their first year of rowing.
Coach: Tommy Reeves, Captain: Sundee Denton-Chandler
The novice women’s squad exists to develop beginners to a competitive standard within a short space of time. Each year a group of motivated, committed and ambitious individuals are recruited who possess a desire to represent their University at events both regionally and nationally.
During the first term, novice women will be taught basic rowing technique on rowing machines, indoor rowing tanks and towards the middle of the term on the water itself.
Alongside the technical development is a tough – yet rewarding – physical training programme, designed to get rowers fit for the demands of the sport. A strong focus is placed on general cardio-vascular fitness, strength development and core strength.
The novice women at Newcastle have enjoyed very successful seasons for the past 5 years, winning the Novice Pennant at Women’s Eights Head of the River in both 2011 and 2014. Multiple medals at the BUCS regatta, including over the past two years: a Gold and a Bronze in Beginner 4s and two Silvers in Beginner 8s.
The squad has also become a strong feeder into the senior boats, with many girls racing with the seniors over the summer months, in 2014, one girl achieving a final at Henley Women’s Regatta, qualifying for Henley Royal Regatta and a Gold at European Universities in Rotterdam, all within the first 10 months of rowing.