Rowing has gone from strength to strength at Dulwich College, and is a very popular sport among our pupils. We are fortunate to have our own modern, fully equipped boathouse on the Thames at Putney, the home of the Dulwich College Boat Club. Pupils also have use of our rowing specific ergo room in the PE Centre where they complete their land training.
We offer Dulwich rowers the opportunity to develop and fulfil their potential on the water, catering for all abilities and aspirations. Whether the boys are interested in rowing at the highest competitive level or simply for pleasure, the DCBC is open to all. Athletes begin learning the discipline in Year 9 and there are rowing courses and training camps, both here and abroad, held during the holidays for boys to help develop their skills.
Below are a few examples of the benefits that rowing offers:
- Promotes healthy body composition
- Enhances cardio-respiratory system
- Offers low impact exercise with high results
- Promotes weight loss
- Helps the heart
- Builds muscle strength
- Reduces stress
- Stabilizes the body
- Improves muscle and joint mobility
- A full-body exercise
As well as the above list rowing also helps prepare boys for life beyond Dulwich, for example we have seen many of our Old Alleynian’s becoming Captains of Boats at their Universities.
Old Alleynian rowers include Kieran West (Gold medal in the Sydney Olympics) and Julian Bubb-Humfryes (Isis Blue Boat 2012).
There is also a thriving parents' association, which raises funds to support our rowers.