Development Squad

If you are interested and have further questions, take a look at the FAQs below and get in touch with our , Katherine or our , Nic. 

We look forward to you joining us for a great summer of rowing!


What is the difference between lightweight and openweight / heavyweight rowing?

Lightweight rowing was developed to enable rowers of smaller stature to compete against people of a similar size and power.  Otherwise, there is no difference! For now, you don’t need to worry about this – our Development Squad does not usually race in any lightweight categories so you do not need to be below a specified weight.  Just let us know before the end of Dev Squad if you are considering joining a University squad in Michaelmas Term, and we will advise you whether the Lightweights are right for you.

What will training involve?

Training will comprise outings from the Oxford University Boat House at Wallingford where there will be a chance to row a variety of different boats (including sculling boats as well as coxed boats), together with some land based gym / exercise sessions at Iffley Road Rowing Centre.  Transport to and from Wallingford will be provided where possible (depending on numbers).

What about racing?

There will be opportunities to take part in side by side racing at a number of local regattas.

I’ve only been rowing a year… I’m not sure if I’m good enough.

Let our coaches decide!  We are looking for enthusiastic people with ambition to progress.  Regardless of which College boat you have rowed in or coxed, whether you’ve played other sports to a high level or you’re relatively new to competitive sport, it is your potential that really matters!