Rowing at St Mary's

St Mary's Boathouse on the Cam

Rowing at St Mary’s is open to all girls in Year 7-13, regardless of experience. We are keen to encourage girls to experience Cambridge's most iconic sport and offer state-of-the-art facilities and coaching in our Boathouse, located on the river Cam.

Over 100 girls in Senior School and Sixth Form already enjoy regular opportunities to row, benefiting their fitness levels, communication and team-building skills.

Rowing at St Mary's

Our Head of Rowing, Stuart Cain explains about the exciting opportunities to experience rowing on the Cam with St Mary's School.

Our vision for rowing

We are developing a diverse rowing squad which facilitates talented and ambitious students to train at the highest level and compete at national championships.

At the same time, St Mary's rowing programme also provides students who are less committed to rowing with access to Cambridge’s rowing community where they can participate, enjoy and develop their sporting skills in a friendly, fun environment.

Our rowing programme focuses on long-term athlete development. It provides a broad range of training activities, introduced at the appropriate stage of each rower’s development to produce quality rowers and to lay an athletic foundation that will extend way beyond school years into adulthood.

Rowing timetable

Day Time Squad Session Transport
Tuesday (from 13 April) 2:10 - 4:00pm Yr 9 PE - open to all levels Water session School transport provided to and from the boathouse. 

Wednesday

(from 14 April)

2:10 - 4:00pm Yr 10 PE - open to all levels Water session School transport provided to and from the boathouse. 
Wednesday (from 14 April) 4.30 - 6.00pm J1/J2 Squad (Yr 9 and 10) Water session Pupils travel independently to and from the boathouse.
Thursday (from 15 April) 2.10 - 4.00pm Year 11 PE - open to all levels Water and land training School transport provided to and from the boathouse. 
Thursday (fortnightly, from 22 April) 10.50 - 12.40pm Sixth Form PE - open to all levels Water session School transport provided to and from the boathouse. 
Thursday (from 15 April) 4:30 - 6:00pm J1/J2 Squad (Yr 11 and Sixth Form) Water session Pupils travel independently to and from the boathouse.
Saturday (from 17 April) 12.00 - 2.00pm J1/J2 Squad (Yr 9 and 10) Water training Pupils travel independently to and from the boathouse.
Saturday (from 17 April) 12.00 - 2.00pm J1/J2 Squad (Yr 11 and Sixth Form) Land training (outside) Pupils travel independently to and from the boathouse.
Saturday (from 17 April) 2:00 - 3.30 pm J3 squad - Yr 8 Water session Pupils travel independently to and from the boathouse.
Saturday (from 17 April) 2:30 - 4:00 pm J3 squad - Yr 9 and 10 Water session Pupils travel independently to and from the boathouse.
Sunday (from 18 April) 12:00 - 2:00 pm J1/J2 Squad - Yr 9 and 10 Land training (outside) Pupils travel independently to and from the boathouse.
Sunday (from 18 April) 12:00 - 2:00pm J1/J2 Squad - Yr 11 and Sixth Form Water session Pupils travel independently to and from the boathouse.
Sunday (fortnightly from 18 April) 2:00 - 3:30pm Learn to Row (LTR1) - Year 9 surname A-H - Pupils travel independently to and from the boathouse.
Sunday (fortnightly from 18 April) 2.30 - 4.00pm Learn to Row (LTR2) - Year 9 surname I-Z and Year 8 - Pupils travel independently to and from the boathouse.
Sunday (fortnightly from 25 April) 2:00 - 3:30pm Learn to Row (LTR1) - Year 7 surname A-H - Pupils travel independently to and from the boathouse.
Sunday (fortnightly from 25 April) 2:30 - 4:00pm Learn to Row (LTR2) - Year 7 surname I-Z - Pupils travel independently to and from the boathouse.

 

Our rowing squads

Learn to row squad

Girls new to rowing enter our Learn to Row course before joining a main squad. This course contains a mixture of indoor rowing and water sessions, covering basic rowing skills and water safety. The squad trains once a week over two terms.

Junior 3 squad - foundation racing level

Students who complete our Learn to Row course or who already have basic rowing skills join our Junior 3 squad. In this low-pressure, fun environment, students develop their physical foundation, improve rowing postures and boating skills. This squad trains twice a week and competes in two local events over the school year.

Junior 2 squad – performance rowing and racing

Girls who acquire the foundations of rowing and have suitable physical and technical skills progress to this higher-level performance squad, if desired. Athletes in this squad follow a training regime to improve technical skills, strength and fitness to prepare for competitive racing. Other factors, including academic progress, are considered before students can commit to higher training intensity. This squad trains three to four times a week and takes part in local races and regional

Junior 1 squad – higher performance rowing and racing

Talented girls will be invited to join this high-performance squad, based on physical and technical skills, training commitment and personal aspiration. Athletes in this squad prepare to compete at national level regattas. Students will be closely monitored to ensure higher levels of training commitments have no adverse effect on academic achievements. This squad trains six times a week.

Trialling to join the GB national squad

Exceptionally talented and committed St Mary's girls will have the opportunity to prepare to attend GB trials, where successful athletes race as part of the GB squad.

Annual race schedule

No races planned at present for 2020-2021  


Inside St Mary's School Boathouse


Getting to the boathouse

Cambridge City and St Mary's Rowing Club
Kimberley Rd
Cambridge
CB4 1HJ