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The Rowing Club

Headington has established itself as one of the top rowing schools in the United Kingdom. Rowing was first introduced in 1991 and since then, the boat club has grown to include all years in the school. Membership in the boat club ranges from complete beginners to Junior World Championship Standard. Headington School Oxford Boat Club (HSOBC) is a competitive club with a recreational facility for the younger squads.

Rowing at Headington is delivered by ten rowing staff, three of which have either represented their country in rowing or coached to an international level. Head Coach; Ryan Demaine has himeself coached crews to international gold medals and has led Headington to more than 75 National Medals over the last fourteen years.  

The 2016 – 2017 season saw the Headington 1st VIII win the triple crown of Schools Head, National Schools' Regatta and Henely Women's Regatta for the fourth consecutive year with the gold in the Girls Championship Eights at the National Schools' Regatta being the ninth consecutive victory in this event.

J12s to J18s are encouraged to row and participate in what is one of the school’s most competitive clubs, both domestically and internationally. Over the last seven years, Headington has had an average of three girls per year representing Great Britain with gold medals at the World Junior Rowing Championships and the Youth Olympics in August 2010. 

The reason for this success lies in Headington’s training ethos which relies both on fun and the commitment of those who participate in the boat club. Most of all, enjoyment of the sport is encouraged by coaches as an essential element in success. 

If your daughter is new to the sport, and you would like to enroll your daughter into the boat club the Novice Squad is available to U3 girls and our ‘Fast Track’ learn to row program is run for girls from L4 to L5. Please don’t worry if your daughter is not that ‘sporty’, that athletic ability will develop as she takes part and begins to enjoy rowing.

Headington School Oxford - Rowing Staff

Head of Rowing - Mr C Hermes

Head Coach - Mr R Demaine

J16 Coach - Miss L Burgess

J15 Coach - Miss E Joice

J14 Coach - Mr A Simmonds

J14 Coach - Miss S Cunold

J13 Coach - Miss A Bennett

Novice Coach - Mrs C Scarf

Junior Support Coach - Mr B Wellburn

Strength and Conditioning Coach - Mr B-J Mulder

A fantastic part of Headington School life. My daughter loves being part of the rowing team and she is supported by such dedicated and enthusiastic coaches.
Current parent