Our programme is located within easy reach of the River Trent and the National Watersports Centre, and a close partnership allows our students extensive access to the 2km buoyed course alongside a very high standard of fitness provision.

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Performance Rowing

Why Nottingham?

Student athletes can also take advantage of the state-of-the-art training facilities at the £40 million David Ross Sports Village, including a 200-station fitness suite, High Performance Zone and Sports Injury Clinic.

Our own boathouse situated on the banks of the River Trent provides a centre for training on a wide 9km stretch, and facilities to use ergos as a squad. Student athletes join a long history of success on the water; our alumni include Olympians Chris Bartley, Vicky Meyer-Laker, David Lemon, and Blue Boat rower George McKirdy.

Performance Rowing at University of Nottingham Sport

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Our Performance Rowing Programme

done Athletes train for around 12 sessions per week with a combination of water and land based work, focused on a program that is balanced to the quality of athlete
done 2-3 weekly strength & conditioning sessions (60 minutes each)
done 5-6 coached water sessions
done 3-4 land based cardio sessions on ergos/wattbikes
done 1 weekly club indoor circuit session
done 3 training camps across season with one preseason abroad, and 2 based at the NWSC
done Boathouse on the River Trent

High Performance Zone for Strength & Conditioning

done On-site Sports Injury Clinic with specialist sports physiotherapy, sports massage support and plunge pool
done Nutrition and Sports Psychology support
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Representing the #GreenandGold


  • British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) events; Indoors, Small Boats Head, Fours and Eights Head, Regatta
  • European University Sports Association Games
  • HoRR and WeHoRR
  • Henley Women’s Regatta
  • Henley Royal Regatta


  • Multiple medals at BUCS Regatta 2022
  • Multiple medals at BUCS Regatta 2021 including gold for Olivia Bates
  • Senior British Championships - Winners of the University Shield in M4- and M8+
  • Fours Head of the River 2019 – 2nd W4- Band 1, 3rd W4x Academic Band 1
  • World Rowing University Regatta – Gold in W8+ 2019, Bronze in M8+ 2018
  • Home International Regatta – M4- Silver, W2x Silver, W4x Silver. 2 Athletes in M8+ Gold
  • BUCS Fours and Eights Head 2020 - Silver in Lwt M4-, Silver in Lwt W4x, Gold in Lwt M4x, 5th in W4-, W4+, W8+, M8+, M4+ & M4-
  • BUCS Regatta 2019 – Bronze WCLwt2x, Silver MCLwt4x, Bronze MCLwt2-, Gold WB8+
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Performance Coaching

Adrian Roberts - Head Coach

Head Coach Adrian Roberts brings a wealth of coaching experience to our programme having previously worked for British Rowing for 11 years. Adrian started as the High Performance Coach for the GB senior team; coached a gold medal winning crew at the Senior World Rowing Championships 2010; coached the quad at London 2012 Olympics; and most recently moving to Lead Coach of the GB Junior Rowing team.

Before his time at British Rowing, Adrian’s time was spent on the River Trent spending many years involved in Nottinghamshire rowing, and coaching multiple U23 World Championship medal winning crews that also included Nottingham students. Being a University of Nottingham alumni, we are delighted to welcome Adrian back to the programme.

Adrian Roberts - Head of Performance Rowing at University of Nottingham Sport