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Founded in the nineteenth century, Norwich School Boat Club has long been training young rowers to success on a national stage. Our boathouse is located in the picturesque Whittlingham Country Park and pupils participate in a weekly programme of between 5-6 sessions, depending on their age. 

Pupils can have an introduction to rowing in the Trinity term of their Upper Fourth year and then choose to join the club from Lower Fifth, when both boys and girls will be taught the discipline of sculling. From Middle Fifth onwards the boys squad will focus on rowing while the girls continue sculling.


Recent successes

Eastern Counties Representation: 2015:    J15 – Silver in 4+,   J16 – Silver in 8+
                                                      2016:    J16 – Gold in 8+
                                                      2018:    J14 – Silver in 4X+, J16 – Bronze in 8+

National Schools Regatta:            2017:    J15 1st VIII - Gold,  J15 2nd VIII - Bronze, J16 4+ - Gold
                                                      2018:    Gold Medal in School Fours (sixth form), Silver Medal in J14 Octopules

Schools Head of the River Race (London) - 2015, 2018 Winners of the J16 1st VIII pennant

Henley Royal Regatta – qualified 2016, 2017, 2018 (2 days)

Current individual representation:

  • 4 pupils rowing for GB


Mr Doug Barrell, Head of Rowing

Mr Barrell started coaching at Norwich School in 2014, and has been Head of Rowing since September 2016.  His involvement in rowing started over 30 years ago, and he has coached many successful junior crews at a national level and has coached rowers to gain representations for the Junior Great Britain Team at both Norwich School and Bedford Modern School.