Shiplake College offers summer training camps for novice and improving rowers. Utilising the College’s excellent facilities, the week-long camps offer expert coaching and comprehensive tuition to ensure that all participants are able to significantly develop their skills and technique. Camps are open to boys and girls aged 13 to 18 (ie those due to be in Years 9 to 13 from September 2017).
Further information can be found on our rowing camps page.
Boys and Girls at Shiplake College predominantly row and compete for Shiplake College Boat Club. This includes all term-time head races and regattas, as well as high profile events which fall during the school holidays, such as the Henley Royal Regatta.
Many Shiplake pupils also choose to join the Shiplake Vikings Rowing Club, which is run independently but also based at the College boat house. The Vikings share the College’s boats and equipment. Training often takes place on Sundays, providing extra opportunities to get out on the river in addition to regular College commitments. A major purpose of the Vikings Club is to allow members to race in numerous regattas which take place in July and August, when the College itself is closed. These events allow rowers to race for enjoyment and provide an opportunity to try and pick up winning pots.
The Shiplake Vikings Rowing Club is very sociable, and our pupils are joined by members of the local community. The Club provides an alternative to the competitive Upper Thames, Henley and Leander Clubs based in Henley-on-Thames, with junior rowers from the local community always welcome to join. A small group of senior rowers who enjoy rowing casually are also members; there is little racing or serious training, but plenty of opportunities for an enjoyable paddle on the river.
Shiplake Vikings Rowing Club welcomes new members, and contacts for membership details are:
Senior Section: Ken Graham, 07887 643642 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Junior Section: Laura Reineke, 07989 396210 or Bruce Gascoine, 07801 710211
The College is always looking to recruit promising male and female athletes to join the existing pool of exceptional Shiplake talent and form crews which can excel at the very highest level. Successful applicants receive a discount of 10% of fees. The College Governors are committed to broadening access to the school and where appropriate scholarships may be supplemented by further financial assistance.
Candidates will be expected to adopt a professional attitude towards their sport, in order to make the most of the opportunities which they are offered. In doing so, scholars will also become great role models for younger pupils in the College, and inspire their peers to reach similarly high standards in years to come.
Further details of how to apply are available on our Scholarships page, with specific information about Year 12 scholarships available here.