Discover why volunteer coaches are now dry and warm…

At Warwick Events, we believe it’s really important to recognise our local heroes. And we’re delighted to give back to our community.

Stratford upon Avon Boat Club is a volunteer run organisation. It’s been heavily researched that sport, for all ages, is really beneficial: both physically and mentally. And our local boat club does just that; coaching rowers from as young as 12 to 80 somethings!

SuABC junior, senior and master winners at Oxford Regatta

In the depths of winter, with the rain lashing down, the volunteer coaches are out on the river, for hours at a time. Drenched and cold, you have to admire their commitment. And we do.

So, we set to work thinking about about how we could make their roles easier. At the beginning of 2020, we organised and sponsored the latest all-weather Musto jackets.

Weather no bother now for coaches at Stratford Boat Club following generous donation

Now, to say the coaches love their new jackets is an understatement. Furthermore, we loved seeing that appreciation. Good heart warming stuff!

Stratford Boat Club coaches will now be warm & dry this winter thanks to a local company!

And we hope these coaches continue to influence our young athletes. Indeed we’ve had Olympians and a Paralympian start at the club before. Read on, if you’d like to know more about the oldest sports’ club in Shakespeare’s home town!

Stratford upon Avon Boat Club

Stratford upon Avon Boat Club has a rich history. Established in August 1874, it has produced Olympic rowers and world champions. ‘Home of Paralympic Gold Medallist James Roe and Junior World Champion Camilla Hadland’ the British rowing fraternity has a lot to be grateful for.

James Roe, MBE, began rowing aged 12 when he joined the Boat Club. He went on to win Gold medals in both the 2011 World Rowing Championships and 2012 Summer Paralympics as a British adaptive rower and part of the mixed coxed team.

Stratford upon Avon is rightly proud of their first Olympic Gold medal and celebrated with an open top bus through the town and Royal Mail marked the occasion by painting a pair of post boxes gold.

Following James, Camilla Hadland also started her rowing career at the Club.

Camilla had success winning won gold medal in both the 2010 World Rowing Junior Championships and the European Universities Rowing Championship in 2013. You’re now most likely hear her as a rowing commentator on the world rowing stage.

Also, British rower Matt Gotrel, MBE, had his first forray into rowing at Stratford upon Avon Boat Club.

He had his first taster session at the Boat Club when he was about 16 and in 2016 became Oympic gold medal winner in the Men’s Eight.

Camilla Hadland
Camilla Hadland, picture thanks to Stratford Observer

The club currently has around 100 junior members and 140 adult members. And there is a great mix of competitive and leisure rowers. With the boats back on the water, but the warmth of the summer soon to be a distant memory, we’re proud to sponsor the Stratford upon Avon Boat Club coaches’ jackets.