>currently preparing a submission to extend our boat house. As we are a
>University Club, our Student Guild (who holds the lease) and the
>University have to be convinced that this is a viable and worthwhile
>project. The boat house is situated on a nature reserve and thus also has
>to meet public approval.
>As part of such a proposal I am trying to determine the size of other
>University and College boat houses. The information that I require is
> The size of the population of the University. (Undergraduate
>population in particular)
> How many members the Boat/Rowing Club has.
> The size and approximate make-up of the club's fleet.
> The physical size of the boat house (with any associated extras
>- erg/weights rooms etc).
>I will be approaching all the Australian Universities individually but
>would be interested in how international University programs are
>equipped. Any information on how the University assists funding (if at
>all!) would also be appreciated.
>Many thanks in advance,
>University of Western Australia Boat Club
As this is from the UK,it is only going to be of interest on how non-Australian universities are set up for rowing,but here goes.
The Leeds University Boat Club,(LUBC),is situated in the north of the country,in the nearby city of York.We share the river Ouse,(pronounced oooose :) ), with four other local rowing clubs,including St Peters School which is apparently the oldest scool in the British Isles.This river is excellent for rowing purposes,with mile upon mile of quiet water running mainly through the countryside.It only gets busy on the stretch through York,because of the tourist boats giving guided tours.During the winter tho
ugh,the river does flood because of locks several miles east of York.
Anyway,enough of the internet tour of York,and back to the set up of LUBC ;)
The University itself has around 17500 to 18000 students,which is quite large for a UK uni,with approximately 150 members of the university boatclub.The reason for this quite small group of people,is because most people think that rowing is too much like hard work :)
The fleet of LUBC is as follows: 1 Sims plastic eight (mens first eight)
1 Janoeusek plastic eight (womens first eight)
1 Aylings plastic eight
2 wooden eights for novices
1 Sims plastic coxless four/quad
2 Janoeusek plastic coxed fours
1 Sims wooden coxed four (senior crews only)
1 wooden four for novices
2 Aylings plastic coxless pairs/doubles
1 wooden single scull
The club also has two sets of Dreissigsacker,(unsure of spelling that word off the top of my head ;) ),used by the mens and womens first crews,a set of four "383s" for the coxless four,two sets of ST2000s for the double,and numerous sets of wooden blades for novices.We are trying to obtain a set of "Big Blades"...subject to finance.
The boat house is rented from a local school who don't have many boats but plenty of space.It is approximatetly 80 feet long by 50 foot wide.(Don't quote me on those figures...it is plenty long enough for eights,with enough room to store 6 or 7 boats side by side on racks).Ajoining the storage area,there are two changing rooms,a loo,and a shower.No other equipment apart from spares and a coaching launch are kept at the boat house.
The club owns two ergos which are kept at the university campus in Leeds-about 25 miles away.These are normally used for the annual 24hour ergo competition.The university has extensive sporting facilities which we use for training,eg,a fully equipped weights room,two seperate "fitness" rooms with ergos,bikes,step machines etc,
various gymnasiums and sports halls.
The University students union provides money for maintainance,rent,competition,travel etc,and it allocates funding for NEW equipment annually.This year we received 900 uk pounds for NEW equipment...enough to by 4 "Big Blades" !!! As far as I know,the University itself,(as opposed to the Union),REPLACES any existing equipment if need be,so we're not badly off financially by any means.
I hope this description of our club is some help to you,and the very best of luck to you all in competition.
Nigel Cemm a so called "ergo maniac" !