Annual General Meeting

On Tuesday 6th October, we hosted our first virtual Annual General Meeting; where our officers reported on thepast year and a new committee was elected for the term of one year.

A massive thank you to retiring members of the committee: Ieuan Cornish, Matt Gauler, Heather Gauler, SimonKnighton, Martin Hubbard, Jake Hughes-Thomas and a warm welcome to the 20/21 committee:

Ceri Heldreich
Stephanie Cook
Martha Nutkins
Membership Secretary: Natalie CookCellar Manager:
Kate Olechniewicz
Vice Captain:
Sarah Rouke
Club Safety Officer: Sam CookWelfare Officer: Sarah RoukeUODRC President:
Elliot Mcfarlane
Committee Member: Chloe GarnhamCommittee Member: Chris BoothCommittee Member: OliverBingham
Ceri Heldreich
Russell Gourlay
Dan Smith
Max Hunt

Since the AGM, the following individuals have stepped forward to temporarily fill the following roles:

Secretary: Dan Smith                             House Manager: Des Cook

There are still committee positions available, if you are interested in being involved, please get in touch at

Social Events

We are pleased to announce the relaunch of our social events, which can be seen on the October Calendar on thenext page. The entertainment sub-group are working on offering socials every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, in theforms of:

  • quizzes
  • gameshows
  • murder mysteries
  • films
  • catch ups

If you have any questions, please get in touch with Dan Smith or Kate Olechniewicz. 


Following a great deal of research and planning, we are now in a position to offer all of our facilities for training, in new COVID-19 appropriate environments, including but not limited to:

  • water sessions in crews ranging from singles to eights
  • ergo access
  • weighted circuits and weights sessions
  • virtual circuits and pilates

Scheduling of sessions can be see on page 4 of this months newsletter. There is plenty of flexibility in the schedule forfurther sessions, if you are interested, get in touch at

A reminder that all sessions are to be booked on our booking system at:


The University of Derby Rowing Club has had a great start to the year with a strong recruitment drive and successful series of ‘Give it a Go’ days. These were sessions hosted at both Derby Rowing Club and the Union of Students Freshers Village. The sessions provided people the opportunity to come along and give rowing a go by getting involved in an ergo session.

Those who came down to the club also managed to view the amazing facilities on offer, and the beautiful setting of Darley Park.

Following on from these sessions we’ve seen an increase in our membership by 11. Our Freshers are now all actively getting involved with their land programs made up of erg sessions as well as circuit training. They’ve all said how much they are enjoying training at Derby Rowing Club and look forward to getting out on the water as soon as it’s safe to do

Our Senior Squad has had a successful and safe return to rowing. They’ve returned to Derby and have been getting out on the water regularly. We have also introduced our Senior Ergo Sessions to support their training for the season ahead. The squad is looking ahead to a successful season of racing with some members hoping to make it to Nottingham at the end of the month for the British Rowing Sprint Festival, whilst the rest of the squad is busy
building their engines ready for BUCS Head!

Many thanks,
Elliot McFarlane
UoDRC President


We are pleased to announce the launch of our new membership category ‘Friend of
Derby Rowing Club’.

Modelled on other memberships such as the highly successful ‘Friends of Ardingly’, this
membership allows past members or friends and family to support Derby Rowing Club for
the nominal fee of £5 per month.
Benefits include:

  • You get to support Derby Rowing Club
  • Access to social events (online or in person)
  • Access to the club newsletter
  • Access to purchase club clothing
  • Access to any online training during the COVID 19 pandemic.

In the coming months, this new membership will be targeted at friends and family of members, and new members to the sport that will tune into our online circuits, pilates and social events. It’s launch will coincide with the relaunch of our virtual training and social calendar.

If you are interested in getting involved, or know anyone that would be, please email or for more information and to sign up.

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