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Rowing Club


Welcome to The University Of Sheffield Rowing Club

Sheffield University Rowing Club is open to all abilities; providing coaching, training and support so that all our members can enjoy the sport

Sheffield University Rowing Club is an enthusiastic, competitive and friendly club. No experience is necessary, and we take upto 40 beginners at the start of the academic year.

SURC is one of the largest mixed gender sports clubs at the university with over 90 members spread over 6 squads; including Seniors, Novices, Recreational and Coxes. Regular training opportunities on and off the water mean that you can compete for the top boats or go at your own pace.

We attend large national events including BUCS Regatta, Head and Indoors, as well as non-BUCS events, such as Henley Royal Regatta and Head of the River Race in London. Beginners always have the opportunity to compete at national races, as well as local races in York, Chester and Doncaster.

Our boathouse is a 15 minute drive from Goodwin Sports Centre, at Damflask Reservoir on the edge of the Peak District. Rowing is a great excuse to regularly escape to the Peaks.

Every year we organise a whole club Training Camp abroad in the run up to BUCS Regatta, with previous locations including France and Spain. As well as a Novice Training Camp in first semester to Chester.

Socials happen every 2 weeks, along with 2 black tie events at Christmas and in Summer.

Every Christmas we run a volunteering and fundraising event, 12 Days of Charity, where we raise money for Sheffield Children’s Hospital and volunteer in the local community. We were awarded a star on the outside of the hospital for our work.

Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions!

If you have never rowed before, you will need to attend Novice Trials in order to be selected for the team. Trials are not all about fitness, but also incorporate willingness to learn and dedication. Follow our Facebook Event ‘Rowing Novice Trials - 2020’ for updates on dates and slot booking. If you have rowed before, or are interested in coxing, contact a Senior Captain on or their email addresses at the bottom of this page.

- Win Novice events, both locally and nationally. - Qualify Senior boats into the Henley Regattas. - Raise a record amount for the Children’s Hospital Charity in our annual Fundraising Event. - Provide a safe and Covid-secure club, while still enabling the development of our rowers.



We train on the water in a range of boat sizes from singles to eights. Car travel to Damflask is organised by Captains, though it can be helpful to bring a bike. On land, we train on the 16 club-owned rowing machines. As well as running club circuit training and weights sessions.


Varies between squads. Rowing on the water mainly happens on Wednesday afternoons and weekends, though we sometimes take advantage of early mornings before 9am lectures. Land training is available most evenings and mornings.


On the water - Damflask Reservoir Land training - Goodwin Sports Centre


Help us bring more success to our club

Henley Women’s Regatta Qualification 2019

Undefeated at Varsity 12 year running

Nominated for Club of the Year and Fundraising Initiative 2019

BUCS Head placing 8th 2020

Raising over £5000 for the Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity

Key Contacts
Senior Women’s Captain
Senior Men’s Captain

Information about joining the club

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