Getting Involved

Want to start rowing?

If you are interested in getting involved in Churchill College Boat Club, please let us know! You can contact the Men's or Women's Vice Captains via their email addresses on the Committee page.

Whether you would like to row, cox or coach, and whether you are an experienced rower or a total novice, CCBC has a crew at your level of ability and interest for you to be a part of. 

If you're new to rowing/coxing but fancy giving it a go, check out the respective pages for more information:

Rowing FAQs Coxing FAQs 

Who is eligible?

The Churchill College Boat Club is open to all members of Churchill College - undergraduate students, postgraduate students, and fellows.

What can CCBC offer the more experienced rower?

The top crews in the Churchill College Boat Club take their rowing seriously, so if you're into rowing, you will be able to find similarly competitive people to train and race with. CCBC gives experienced rowers the opportunity to compete against other top College crews in the Bumps and in all the College races throughout the year on the Cam, as well as in major events around England including Henley and the Head of the River Race. Best of all, it's all included in your College fees!

You can use Churchill's ergometers and weights free of charge for land training. The College even has a range of small boats available for students' use, including a single scull and two doubles/pairs. The very best rowers have the opportunity to trial for the University's varsity crews - CUBC, CUWBC and CULRC.

How are crews selected?

The trials for the higher boats are usually quite competitive. Crews are selected each term by coaches and senior club members. Crews are selected on the basis of technique, fitness and coachability. Potential crew members are evaluated on their performance during outings and on their times for 2000 metres on the ergometer. In rowing, good technique and rhythm are as important as brute strength.

Any more questions?

If you have any more questions at all, then get in touch with one of the Boat Club Captains on the Committee page.