The Fulham Reach Boat Club (FRBC) was established close to Hammersmith Bridge in 2014, has members aged 13-80 years old, and is a charity and community club. “As a club, our motto is Rowing for All. So we try and reflect that in what we do”, said Steven O’Connor, Chief Executive of Fulham Reach Boat Club.
The club began with the goal of providing local state schools, which wouldn’t have otherwise had the opportunity, with access to the Thames.
Since opening, FRBC has worked with all 12 of H&F’s state secondary schools and several from Kensington and Chelsea – giving 1,300 students the chance to get out on the water. “We think that’s a first in the UK: to have every state school in one local authority out rowing,” said Steven.
The charity club supports residents who otherwise would not have ever learned to row. The Gemini Boat Race bursary supported it; FRBC hosts free ‘Learn to Row’ courses and sponsors thirty-six British Rowing memberships yearly. The club also gives three square meals daily during the Easter and summer holidays to less privileged children to help eradicate holiday hunger.