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

Rowing at St Mary's School

Rowing at St Mary's

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

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

* Alternate weeks

Day Time Rowing Squad Session Transport
Monday* 11.00-12.30 Sixth Form PE (P3 & 4) - all levels Water/land training Provided
Tuesday 11.00-12.30 Year 11 PE (P3 & 4) - all levels Water/land training Provided
Tuesday 15.00-17.00 J2 Squad Enrichment (P6) Water/land training Provided to boathouse. Students make their way home independently
Tuesday* 14.00-17.00 Sixth Form Enrichment (P5 & 6) Open to all levels Water/land training Students travel independently to and from the boathouse
Wednesday 16.30-18.00 J2 Squad Weight training Students travel independently to and from the boathouse
Thursday 16.30-18.00 J3 Squad Land training Students travel independently to and from the boathouse
Saturday 1 12.00-14.00 J2 Squad Water/land training Students travel independently to and from the boathouse
Saturday 2 14.00-15.30 J3 Squad Water/land training Students travel independently to and from the boathouse
Sunday 1 12.00-14.00 J2 Squad Water/land training Students travel independently to and from the boathouse
Sunday 2 14.00-15.30 Learn to Row - open to all levels Water/land training

Students 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

Squad Date Race Location
Junior 2 Sat, 12 Oct 2019 Autumn Head Cambridge
Junior 2 & 3 Sat, 7 Dec 2019 Christmas Head Cambridge
Junior 2 Sun, 19 Jan 2020 1st Winter League Cambridge
Junior 2 Sun, 22 Feb 2020 2nd Winter League Cambridge
Junior 2 Sun 15 Mar 2020 Champs Junior Sculling Head Cambridge
Junior 2 Sat, 14 Mar 2020 3rd Winter League Cambridge
Junior 2 Sun, 5 Apr 2020 Bedford Head Bedford
Junior 2 & 3 Sun, 24 May 2020 City Sprints Cambridge
Junior 2 Sat, 9 May 2020 The Ball Cup Eton Dorney
Junior 2 (age 16+) TBA July Bumps (four days) Cambridge

 

Exceptional facilities on the River Cam

In partnership with City of Cambridge Rowing Club (CCRC) and Homerton College, we redeveloped CCRC’s original boathouse in 2019, which offers a prime location on the River Cam.

The boathouse is home to St Mary's School rowing boats, plus an extensive gym for land training and a comfortable social area, with great views over Midsummer Common.