St Peter’s School Boat Club is one of the oldest School Boat Clubs in the world. Founded in 1851, taking advantage of the School’s move to a site on the banks of the River Ouse, it has thrived ever since.
Rowing has generated one of the highest tallies of internationalists for any sport at St Peter’s and our success at regional and national level puts us amongst the greatest rowing schools in the country. In recent years, it has become clear that our existing facilities for rowing do not measure up to the commitment and passion of our rowers. Originally built in 1956 to cater for just thirty rowers, our Boathouse is now far too small to cater for the 200 pupils who take to the water each year. It lacks the toilet facilities that we require as a co-educational school, and has no facilities for land-based training.
Regular floods have also taken their toll on the structure of the Boathouse. It has reached the end of its useful life, and must be replaced in order to ensure our pupils and staff have the facilities that they need and deserve. The plans for the new facility address a number of significant challenges – including risk of flooding and vandalism, and the difficulty of building in a green belt and within view of the historic Minster – whilst providing the storage and maintenance, indoor training, toilet and catering facilities that we need.
Most importantly of all, we plan to widen the steps into the river, enabling much quicker launch and retrieval and increasing time spent on the river itself. Our cricketers will benefit from a store, and all our sportsmen and women will benefit from our increased capacity for indoor training and the planned provision of a dozen rowing machines.
The Boathouse is part of a planned ten-year programme of investment in our campus and facilities. The funds that we raise will not only aid the creation of a new Boathouse, but will help to bring the subsequent stages of our plan within reach. Your support will help us to revitalise our campus.