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The Rowing Club prides itself on being one of LSE’s most active, inclusive and sociable clubs. From its foundation in 1923, LSERC has gone on to cultivate an ambitious senior squad, a thriving social scene and a nurturing environment for novice rowers. We are one of LSE’s few mixed gender sports clubs, and place a strong emphasis on diversity, inclusion and camaraderie across year levels. If you’re looking for a rewarding uni sport where you can push yourself, learn new things, and make lifelong friends (who usually swear by a pint or two at the end of the week), Rowing is for you.
Life within the LSERC community is often a busy one.
The training side of the club is split into three squads; Mens and Womens Senior Squads, and a Development Squad (mixed). Senior Squads have a higher training load, with 2-3 land trainings and 2 coached water sessions per week, and more in the lead up to races. Dev Squad, by comparison, have a more relaxed schedule, with 1-2 land trainings and 1 water session per week. We hold club-wide circuits on a Monday morning - invariably followed by the renowned Fourth Floor Breakfast - and also have a strong cox training programme, catering from complete novices to experienced coxswains.
Socially, weeks revolve around Wednesday evenings - a highlight for many, with a weekly social before heading to Leicester Square’s infamous Zoo Bar. We also often do pub trips (truly any excuse), pasta nights, and club-wide dress up for LSE Athletics Union events, such as Carol.
Our core activity, clearly, involves a number of commitments, but this is the beauty of our system - it’s totally up to you, and flexible upon your interest and commitment.
Our squad system caters to all commitment levels - whether you want to be training 5 times per week, just coming to circuits, or purely a social member. This also enables our members to fit their training in around studying.
Rewarding Team Environment
Rowing is a great mixture of team and individual sport; while erg sessions and crew selections can be individually competitive, outings and races epitomise teamwork and camaraderie. The squad system means training in crews with a number of different people, and getting a feel for the boat when everyone moves as one is really gratifying, not to mention the satisfaction of seeing all that hard work pay off in a race!
Mates! Socials! Fun!
Many alumni look back on their time with LSERC as one when lifelong friendships were formed. We’re proud of a social scene that is inclusive, diverse - across undergrad and postgrad communities, and from more than 20 different countries - and, most importantly, fun! In LSERC you will find a group of like-minded, dedicated and friendly people who are always down for a good time.
Joining the club involves learning the ins and outs of rowing, the Thames, and more generally, the balance of studies and sport. A number of members learn to cox boats whilst at LSERC, and all of our members are educated on the rules of the Tideway - the stretch of water we row on in West London.
Row on the Thames!
This speaks for itself but rowing on the Thames can be a truly special experience. One sunny day on the water and you will understand why we love it so much.
You don’t have to get up at 4am like everyone presumes about rowers…
Our standard membership is £75 and gives you access to all that LSERC has to offer - from races, to socials, to weekly training. You’re free to join either of our squads - Senior or Dev Squad -, to learn to cox, to train as much (or as little!) as you like, and to make the most of the LSERC experience. Your fee enables our continued use of the University of London boathouse in Chiswick, contributes to race fees, and allows us to employ our professional coach, Beth. With most UK university boat clubs costing anywhere from £100-200, our fee is designed to be inclusive and is arguably much cheaper than a gym membership!!
Not into the sports side? That’s cool, too! For the absolute steal of £30, social membership gives you discounted access to all that Rowing socials have to offer. Our social members are integral to the club; often dedicated attendees of our weekly Wednesday pre-drinks (before Zoo), as well as our infamous club dinners on Brick Lane, and club-wide costume socials for AU events such as Carol.
You’ll also have to buy Athletics Union (AU) membership, about £5, on top of either of these membership options - this makes you part of the wider sporting community at LSE.
EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES
Following the Give It A Go period, we settle into a busy but social and rewarding schedule. The layout of the week tends to look different, dependent on Squads - it’s flexible and totally up to your commitment level.
Example weekly schedule:
- Mondays - club-wide circuits session in LSE Old Gym
- Tuesday - ergs in Old Gym with training group (Senior Squad)
- Wednesday - ergs (Dev Squad) or afternoon water session (Senior Squad) and - much more importantly?! - our weekly social
- Thursday - recover...
- Friday - morning ergs (Senior Squad)
- Saturday - water session (Dev Squad)
- Sunday - morning water session (Senior Squad)
In addition to our training camp in Michaelmas Term Reading Week, we also compete in a number of competitions each term - either in London or elsewhere in the UK - such as BUCS and Head of the River. These are usually on the weekend and are always followed by a well-earned post-race pint!
Other highlights of the year include AU Ball, AU Carol, and our overseas trip - previous destinations have included Budapest, Amsterdam and Toulouse.
Please note - we’re currently unsure as to how much of our schedule will be impacted by coronavirus and social distancing measures. We’ll keep you updated on our Facebook group; see below!
We’re really excited to welcome our new and prospective members to the club for the 2021-2022 season! Prospective members are encouraged to join our Facebook Group where you can ask any questions you may have. Alternatively, you can reach out to us on our email firstname.lastname@example.org or on our freshers' WhatsApp group.
We'll be holding a welcome presentation on campus on Monday 27th September, and have many sessions for the Give It A Go period - see you there!