Nottingham

linked to both Nottingham Rowing Club and the National Water Sports Centre, Holme Pierrepont

The British Rowing World Class Start centre in Nottingham, established in 2003, benefits from links to both Nottingham Rowing Club and the National Water Sports Centre in Holme Pierrepont Country Park.

Nottingham RC was formed following the merger of Nottingham Boat Club and Nottingham Britannia Rowing Club, two historic clubs that were established in 1894 and 1869 respectively. The club is based on a stretch of the River Trent between Nottingham Forest FC’s training ground and home venue, the City Ground. Start rowers occasionally use the river but predominantly train on the lake at the National Water Sports Centre, ten minutes away from the city centre. Ergo and weight sessions take place at Nottingham RC’s training centre.

The World Class Start centre has strong links with local schools, with both Katie Bartlett and Kyra Edwards being talent-spotted while in education. Katie represented the GB Rowing Team in the women’s eight at both the 2014 and 2015 World U23 Championships, winning silver and bronze respectively, while Kyra was in the women’s quadruple scull which won silver at the 2015 World Junior Championships in Rio, and the women’s quad scull that finished eighth at the World Rowing U23 Championships in 2016. Kyra is now training full-time with the GB senior squad; in 2019 she raced her first senior World Rowing Championships, finishing 14th in the women’s double scull with fellow World Class Start athlete Ruth Siddorn.

Local boy Matt Haywood from nearby Burton-on-Trent became a world champion in the men’s quad at the 2018 World Rowing U23 Championships in Poznan, and defended his title in the same event in 2019, racing alongside George Bourne (Kent and Cambridge World Class Start centres), as well as winning the Prince of Wales event at Henley Royal Regatta.

Erica Hurst, Amy Hicken and Molly Johnson along with Perri McCluskey (Strathclyde) won the Aspirational Quadruple Sculls event at Women’s Henley Regatta in 2019.

A number of Loughborough University students have been part of the Nottingham Start programme over the years, including Matt Gotrel. The former international sailor went on to win successive World Championships in the men’s eight in 2014 and 2015, rounding off the Rio Olympiad with a fantastic gold medal in the men’s eight at the Olympic regatta. Many Nottingham World Class Start athletes also study at the local universities – the University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent.

Current athletes have been recruited from clubs including Harlequins Women’s Rugby and Newcastle Falcons academy.

Find out more about World Class Start here