Picture the scene: You have just finished your last National School’s Regatta. Your crew has won or lost and you have nothing to look forward to except exams before your various assaults on Henley. Some of you will, inevitably, never pick up an oar again. Your all in ones will be used exclusively for scoring at fancy dress parties and your tankards will prop up the books on your shelf. For others, however, it is time for a change in your rowing careers, time for a step up to be made and there is no better place for that upgrade than Newcastle University.
Famous for producing ‘Byker Grove’ and Cheryl Cole, Newcastle is also fast becoming renowned for its sporting prowess. The University is a sports focus centre, much like Loughborough and Bath and prides itself in its its results. Of all the sports it plays, it is rowing that is the most popular and successful.
NUBC is now the most successful university for Heavyweight men (on 2011 BUCS points) and in the top five for Heavyweight women and Lightweight men for the 2011 season.
The Club has gone from strength to strength over the past 5 years. It can now boast amongst its achievements a win and two course records at Henley, University Championship wins, 6 pennants at the Head in 6 years and
As far as the actual rowing goes, it is a tough and competitive set up that focuses on fitness as a base for success. The boat club caters for all levels of rowing, from beginners to GB trialists. The boat club has a large emphasis on integration between the squads, for example, in the Men’s Second 8 that came 2nd at the 2010 BUCS Head there were two PE Henley finalists, two rowers who had started in the novice set up one year previously, two championship 8 winners and a former cox who had switched to rowing at university, you really can’t get more varied and diverse.
Outside of the training the Club is well known for its strong social community. Ask any alumni – they’ll tell you that the time they spent at NUBC was well worth it, and that they made a bunch of good friends who they’ll stand in contact with for a long time.
So whether you are a boy, girl, cox, rower, triallist or try hard, then think how Newcastle University may be the perfect fit and the best place to realise your potential in the most enjoyable way possible.