University College Boat Club (UCBC)

UCBC: the largest and the oldest club in Durham, rowing since 183413177781_10101489826962233_7243710485999027770_n

UCBC is Castle’s biggest and oldest sports club, and one of its most successful! We have over 50 rowers and coxes of all athletic abilities. Both men and women’s squads compete to a high level, with our top boats entering a variety of collegiate, regional and national competitions. We also have numerous members who train more casually to help maintain some sort of fitness, whilst having fun with friends! The highlight of first term rowing is definitely Novice Cup, an inter-collegiate race for Freshers, which is always guaranteed to be a lot of fun and a great weekend! Our novice program is one of the biggest in the region. The club has a history, old and new, of Novice Cup performance, which we intend as ever to uphold.

Whether you have years of experience in a boat or have never been in one before, UCBC provides the opportunity to train on our beautiful River Wear and eventually see yourself racing at a regional and national level! Every year we take in a large cohort of freshers, most of whom haven’t rowed before, and spend the year training until they are ready to progress into the senior squads. Not the sporty type? Maybe coxing is your calling! Coxing is a way to get involved with rowing and take on a unique leadership role without the physical training.

At UCBC you’ll very quickly see that we are a very close-knit and welcoming society, and with regular socials both in-person and online it’s easy to get to meet new people and build long-lasting friendships. We have several different crews at varying levels, catering to everyone from experienced rowers wanting to compete at a high standard to complete newcomers wanting to see what rowing is all about. 

If you’d like to know more or have any questions about rowing or coxing, please contact or check out our social media on Facebook ( and Insta (@UCBCDurham)!