Leeds University Boat Club

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Leeds University Union Boat Club
Image showing the rowing club's blade colours
Location Leeds, United Kingdom
Home water River Aire
Founded 1912 (1912)
  • Men's: Thomas Crowley
  • Women's: Lydia Evans
University University of Leeds
Affiliations British Rowing
Notable members
Paul Mattick

Leeds University Union Boat Club (LUUBC) is a rowing sports club for students at the University of Leeds. The boat club is one of the Leeds Gryphons teams, working to develop top-class sports clubs at the University. The club races in green, red and white colours representing those of the University of Leeds.


The club was founded in 1919. Having occupied a variety of buildings throughout the area, the current water base is located in Leeds following the completion of a new boat house which opened in September 2014 next to Thwaite Mills in Stourton. It is the new home of Leeds University Boat Club and Leeds Rowing Club. Land training takes place in Leeds University's sport complex on the main campus in Leeds.

The club owns and maintains a variety of different rowing and sculling boats of different classes. In 2008 a Hudson Shark 8+ was donated to the club by the father of a student in the 1st VIII. The boat was named Dr. Sue Jacklin, in recognition of her ongoing assistance in securing funding for the club.


The club competes and local and national events[1] and has had a number of notable achievements[2] from competing at BUCS, Head of The River and Henley Royal Regatta – reaching the second round of the Temple Challenge Cup in 2004 and 2007.


Head of the River Race 2012:

  • 114th place, Leeds University I, 00:19:24.90
  • 181st place, Leeds University II, 00:19:51.88

Women's Eights Head of the River Race 2012:

  • 110th place, Leeds University A, 00:22:42.57
  • 271st place, Leeds University B, 00:25:38.58

BUCS Regatta 2012:

  • 0 gold, 0 silver, 1 bronze
  • 36 VL points

British and European Indoor Rowing Championship

  • 1st – Women's Lwt – Emily Holt, 7:29.8


The club is run entirely by a student based committee which is elected by its members in March each year. A small budget allows for the assistance of one paid coach


The club holds events at The Boat Race and Henley Royal Regatta to keep up their links with previous members.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Oarsome Foursome!". Leeds Student. 6 November 2012. Retrieved 9 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "leeds-university-bc-100-not-out". British Rowing. Retrieved 9 February 2013. 

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