The Oxford and Cambridge Boat Clubs were formed with the single mission to win the annual Boat Race, an event that began out of friendly rivalry and has grown to become an iconic British sporting event, attracting global interest.
The clubs are officially run by the student Presidents, elected on an annual basis. The Presidents are supported by professional coaches and support staff to deliver crews to race in the annual contest. The intense rivalry between the clubs has grown over nearly 200 years and the annual ‘battle of the blues’ is a contest often between the fastest university crews in the world.
Rowing for Oxford or Cambridge and competing in The Boat Race is a unique experience and requires academic and sporting excellence. The student athletes are passionate about The Boat Race and what the historic sporting event represents, it is the competitive nature of the team that drives athletic performance alongside academic achievements for every member of the four squads.
The clubs welcome students of all abilities from a range of backgrounds into a trialling process that starts in September each season. For those students new to rowing at university, the clubs organise Development Programmes, where those who have learned to row with their college boat club can take the next steps to be considered for the university team.
Many members of the Oxford and Cambridge crews have gone on to represent their country at international level.