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Project information

Sculling and Rowing in the Community

Hinksey Sculling School (HSS) wants to strengthen and enhance its capability to offer any young person in the Community a chance to learn to scull and row to a high standard in a structured safe environment, irrespective of his/her sporting ability and the family’s capacity to pay membership fee.

December 2018 - November 2019

Charity information: Hinksey Sculling School Ltd.

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  • Need


    Increased interest in rowing across the country and success at Hinksey has led to an enlarged club membership (and a waiting list), with a growing number of applications from athletes from disadvantaged backgrounds and a higher proportion of members remaining with Hinksey until age 18. Currently Hinksey needs additional appropriate equipment to meet the training needs of all members and more funds to support membership bursaries for those members in need of financial assistance.


    To fulfil our mission of being inclusive, widening participation and offering appropriate sculling and rowing training for all we will secure funds:
    1. To provide bursaries to support participation of students who require financial assistance.
    2. To provide the equipment needed to put those athletes on the water.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Secure funding for training and safety equipment to enable full, safe participation by all members.


    » Participate in the Big Give Christmas Challenge. Previous involvement dramatically improved HSS fundraising success and extended our donor group.
    » Friends of HSS organise fund-raising events for bursaries: Row down River, fish 'n chip quiz, teas at Dorchester Abbey, pottery sale.
    » Expand the Oar Schools outreach programs introducing children to rowing at schools in Oxfordshire (6-week and 10-week) and generating income for HSS.
    » Two flagship events to take rowing to the community and raise money: South of England Indoor Rowing Championships and Blenheim Palace Junior Regatta.

    What success will look like

    1. Increase the number of bursary athletes, demonstrating the success of outreach programmes
    2. Increase overall membership
    3. Increase number of athletes retained until age 18

  • Impact


    This project will contribute towards the long term sustainability of HSS by enabling the club to meet the needs (both financial and athletic) of all its members. On an individual level, participation in rowing at HSS develops commitment, physical strength and leadership for boys and girls including athletes with special needs. Success will be demonstrated through individual sporting achievement, improved well-being, and also through continued demand for membership from the local community.


    We have expanded consistently since 1998 and always seem to be at a crossroads. The major risk is not delivering, safely, what is expected of us. Developing a strong committed and remunerated coaching staff is key to managing this risk. A further risk could be our safety record which remains at a high level through CPD, experienced coaching staff, and the provision of safe equipment. A parent management committee is in place to ensure the flow of information between Trustees and members.


    HSS has a fully maintained website. The principal method of communication with donors and other stakeholders is through direct communication via email, the website and a full annual report. A quarterly newsletter is available and is mailed to Donors. Social media channels are also fully utilised.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £12,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £7,500 Equipment Contribution towards a new coxed quad for intermediate athletes
      £4,500 Bursaries Bursaries Fund
  • Background


    We are located in Oxford, with athletes coming from a 10 mile radius including Blackbird Leys (one of the most disadvantaged wards in the country). We train beginners on the Lake in Hinksey Park by agreement with Oxford City Council. Athletes aged 13-15 year progress to the river at Godstow, Wolvercote, with water access and boat storage from St Edward's School. Athletes aged 16-18 are based at the Radley College Boathouse for water training. We use indoor facilities from Cherwell School.


    Currently we have 110 members.
    Training over time moves forwards physical and emotional limits: research in schools shows that consistent participation in extra-curricular activities over several years predicts higher academic achievement and pro-social activities in young adults. The combined elements of teamwork, participation, training and competition enable teenagers who are in this environment to understand much better the educational attainment process and trust in themselves more.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    HSS is unique in the rowing community, a club focussed exclusively on enabling the participation of all young people in the sport of rowing, now with 110 active members winning medals at National Level. The six Trustees, Director of Rowing and Head Coach have a long history in the sport alongside a deep-felt commitment to create a sense of community, bringing together young people with different backgrounds in a shared endeavour, developing individual commitment, teamwork and leadership.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    John Broadhurst

    John has been Chairman since the founding of the Club in 1998. He has a history in rowing back to St Ewards School and then at Wallingford R.C

    Bodo Schulenburg

    Bodo is Director of Rowing and has junior rowing history in Germany, and with Oxford University. Co-founder of a similar charity to HSS in Hong Kong.

    Giles Marshall

    Giles is Deputy Head of Matthew Arnold Secondary School is a Trustee and holds responsibilty for employing and reviewing staff progress.

    Andrew Ashton

    Andrew is a solicitor and is Company Secretary. he also has a long background in rowing and is a current member of Wallingford Rowing Club.