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City Of Oxford Rowing Club

Junior Squad  

The Junior Squad is open to all members who wish to further their skills in rowing and participate in competitions and regional events.

We are supported by a great coaching team and the wider Club, with the aim of producing competitive crews and improving all athletes, coxes and coaches.


Junior Beginners Rowing Course

Our Junior Beginners Course takes place once a year, starting in early September. Novice juniors should be aged 11-12 (school year 7-8).  

The 2019 course starts on Saturday 7th September and runs until Saturday 5th October. We offer a taster session on Sunday 23rd June from 11am – 1pm. 

The course takes place in 3-hour sessions on five Saturdays, plus a capsize drill and swim test in a pool. Training includes land-based exercises, boat handling and an introduction to rowing on the river. Juniors are expected to attend all sessions, and parents/carers are encouraged to attend to help move boats and keep an eye on their juniors on the river. 

The course costs £200 and includes membership of the club until the end of December. From January, we encourage novice juniors to sign up as full members of the relevant racing squad.  Please email the Junior Coordinator for details and an application form.   

 For more information, please contact me via email: juniors@oxfordrowingclub.org.uk

Claire Grainger

Junior Squad Coordinator

About The Squad

The junior squad includes rowers and coxes aged 11-18 years old. Training emphasizes long term athlete development, good technique, and racing well. Juniors are encouraged to develop proficiency in all boats, especially the single.

Training takes place up to 6 times a week (increasing with age). We introduce British Rowing omnium skills at J14, and compete in weekly Sunday morning heads races, as well as local and national competitions.

Children older than 12 will only be considered if they have had appropriate prior experience of rowing, and after vetting by our coaches. We are usually unable to accommodate older novice juniors – not because teenagers can’t learn to row, but because of the subsequent gap in experience and training load.

Temporary Summer Membership

We can only consider juniors if the following are in place:

  • Prior rowing experience essential
  • Swim Test and Capsize drill certificate or confirmation
  • Minimum period of CORC membership 6 months
  • Must also join British Rowing for 3rd party insurance
  • Must provide an adult spotter
  • The spotter must be trained by us
  • Sessions must be supervised by a club coach or official