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Hollowell Scullers welcomes beginners of all ages to rowing

Hollowell Scullers has an active junior section, from age 10 upwards, with competitive boys and girls crews in several junior age-groups.
The club also has an adult beginners group. You are never too young (or old!) to learn to row.
Beginners need to be capable of completing British Rowing's standard swim test and capsize drill.

Juniors from our club have been selected for Regional teams and Great Britain teams at European and World championships.
The club also has some experienced senior scullers.

Open Day
Saturday 28th June 2014, including taster sessions, try sailing, barbeque and camping. Contact Johanna (secretary) secretary@hollowellscullers.com for more details.

Club Training
Saturday mornings at 9-12. Contact Sean (coach) coaching@hollowellscullers.com.

Competitions - Regattas and Head-of-the-River races
Recent Regatta wins for Harriet Cotterell and Hayley Fenemore at Stratford; Sofia Bright at Evesham; and Thomas Hunt and Joe Sinclair at Cambridge. We have also attended competitions at Henley, Peterborough, National Schools, Birmingham, Eastern Region Trials, Dorney, Abingdon, with several event wins at Northampton.

Two of our members were selected in the regional girls eight, helping East of England to its best ever result - 2nd - in the Inter-Regional Championships. Our juniors also qualified to race at Henley Women's Regatta, an international event.

Land Training
A weekly land training session is arranged at Sponne School in Towcester. Contact Sean (coach) coaching@hollowellscullers.com or Johanna (secretary) secretary@hollowellscullers.com for more details.

New Boats
We recently added a brand new double scull from Olym Sports to our fleet of boats. More recently we have received funding for six pairs of new sculling blades in a generous grant from the Rowing Foundation. We have also acquired a second-hand Janousek quadruple sculling boat.

Two Hollowell juniors were chosen to represent the East of England at the Inter-Regional Championships.
Hollowell juniors at Henley Women's Regatta

Junior rowing at Hollowell on Saturday mornings Starting early at glorious Hollowell

Mastering the art of single sculling

Max Marston, Junior-16 winner at tbe Belgian International Championships in Ghent, 2012
Hollowell Sculler, James Rudkin, racing in the Great Britain junior quad at the World Championships in Bulgaria, August 2012.
From left to right - James, Tom Barras, Ollie Knight & Seb Deveraux
James Rudkin (3rd from left) with his Great Britain team of Ollie Knight (Walton), Jacob Dawson (Plymouth) and Nathan Devaux-Davey (Leander).
Gold medallists at Linz in Austria 2011
Hollwell's largest craft - the Octuple Scull - being raced at Cambridge. Crew included under-11s and under-12s, also members from City of Cambridge and Northampton.


James Rudkin, at 15, winning for Great Britain against France in Nantes 2010    

....... and at 15, leading our quad to one of the fastest times of the day at Isis Sculls in Oxford. Crew Pierre Scrase (stroke), Adam Hughes (Ely, 3), Alex Tuck (Northampton, 2), James Rudkin (bow)

Pierre Scrase, racing in our lightweight single sculling boat, in under-12s .....      


Hollowell Scullers is a rowing club affiliated to the British Rowing and is based at Hollowell Sailing Club on Hollowell Reservoir at Guilsborough in Northamptonshire. It is conveniently located for Rugby, Market Harborough, Daventry, Long Buckby and the surrounding area.

The club has a fleet of sculling boats including singles, doubles, quadruple sculls and two octuple sculls.
Training normally takes place on Saturday mornings from 10-12am, and Sunday mornings from 8-11am and 6pm on Wednesday evenings, in Summer.
We have an active group of sculling members - boys and girls, from 10 years olds to 60+.

Come and join us.
For more details contact club secretary Johanna, membership secretary secretay@hollowellscullers.com.

Junior membership

The club welcomes children of all ages, who wish to take up the sport.

A frequently asked question is “how old do I have to be before I can start”
The answer to this is that our sport is not age related. You can be as young – or old – as you like. However the one prerequisite is that you are able to swim 4 lengths of a 25 meter swimming pool wearing leggings and a “t” shirt at least 2 of these lengths needs to be on your back “ life-saving style” hands folded across your chest.
Having “passed” the pool session you will be awarded your 1st National Rowing qualification - British Rowing’s Water Safety Certificate.
You are now ready to take to the water in a single sculling boat.

Capsize and Immersion Drill.

We are a small club run by amateur volunteers, with their own children and family commitments.
Although the club has some experienced rowers, it does not have regular qualified professional coaches.
Parents of new juniors are therefore expected to share in the supervision of their own children - including joining the club, taking the RYA safety boat courses provided by Hollowell Sailing Club and learning to drive the safety boats or learning to row with their children.


2010 - 1 win at Northampton Head.
2009 - 13 wins at Abingdon, Evesham, Stratford , Warwick, Cambridge, Oxford & Bedford. Eastern Region selection.
Henley Royal Regatt entry in junior quads.
9th place in J15 singles at the National Championships.
2008 - 7 wins at Lea Regatta, Sudbury, Warwick (3), Isis Sculls and Star Small Boats.

Warwick Regatta 2009

Hollowell's most successfulf result to date was obtained with 5 wins; J16 and IM3 singles for Timothy Mitchell, J15 singles for James Rudkin and veteran D singles for Andrew Rudkin, together with veteran C doubles with Ian Evans of Northampton RC. Chris Mitchell of Hollowell and Adam Hughes of Isle of Ely had a very close race, beaten by one foot in J15 doubles against Stratford. Pierre Scrase and Alex Tuck (Northampton RC) also had good performances in their J15 double. Max Marston did well, having to row up an age group in J14 against the National Champion!

Henley Royal Regatta 2009 - the most famous regatta in the World

Hollowell's under-15s took part in the most famous regatta in the world. They were the youngest crew in their event, the junior quadruple sculls. An enjoyable experience, which will set them up to do well at this event in the future. (Pictures taken by Eugenie Scrase, winner of the 'School of Saatchi', young artist competition).