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. Originally built in 1956 to cater for just 30 rowers, the old Boathouse was far too small to cater for the 200 pupils who take to the water each year.
The Boathouse is part of a planned 10-year programme of investment in our campus and facilities. Your support is helping us to revitalise our campus.
Sitting a short distance from the perimeter, the Lower Boathouse is a robust, practical structure. It has been designed to be floodable, and provides easy access for the safe removal of boats and equipment at times of rising water levels. It provides accessible storage for boats and launches, together with basic toilet facilities. At 496 square metres, it has provided our rowers with much-needed space. Access to the river is now via a gradually sloping platform on the School’s own land, enabling pupils to manoeuvre boats safely before they cross the public footpath to the launch steps.
We now spend less time moving the boats and more time in the water banging out the miles! It has been a huge morale boost, and makes us all proud to be Peterite rowers.
Fourth Form Rowers George, Harrison and Percy