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Derby Rowing Club was founded by a few friends who wanted to row. They worked for the train network and met in a pub by St. Mary’s bridge each week before deciding that they wanted to start rowing. Initially, they rented some land by the river from the rail company and made a small boathouse (which was called the shed). Over time expansion was needed and one cold winter when the river froze, the clubhouse was moved across to the other side of the river, where it is located today. Throughout the years, many improvements have been made, the latest of which is the addition of an extension which is now our erg room and many boats have been added to our fleet. Our members have competed at the highest levels with members racing in the Boat Race, World Championships and at Henley Royal Regatta.

Rowing is a sport for dreamers. As long as you put in the work, you can own the dream

Jim Dietz

Club Committee 

Derby Rowing Club is governed by a committee which is made up of our members. The Committee conduct the affairs of the Club as a whole and shall consist of a President, Secretary, Membership Secretary, Treasurer, Captain, up to 3 Vice Captains, Welfare Officer, Club Rowing Safety Advisor, Bar Manager, House Manager and other Officers as deemed necessary, together with four ordinary members.

The 23/24 Committee is: 

President - Matt Ley 

Secretary - Stefano Sigorini 

Treasurer - James Taylor

Captain - Martha Nutkins 

Membership Secretary - Neil Shorrock 

House Manager - Sam Mountford 

Bar Manager - Stella Scott 

University President - Ollie Hanks

Club Rowing Safety Advisor - Josh Rhodes-Hook 

Welfare Officer - Emily Carr 

General Committee Members - George James, Erica Gauler, Elliot Mcfarlane, Sophie Payne 

Vice-Captains - Josh Rhodes-Hook, Ollie Hanks, Chloe Andrews, Gaynor Vass 


Derby Rowing Club, Darley Grove, Derby, DE1 3AY

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