The aim of Millfield Rowing is to provide those who wish to take up the challenge with the opportunity to fulfil their potential. Rowing is a sport that provides each athlete with a chance to excel either as an individual in the single scull, or as part of a team in a crew boat. At Millfield we work on developing experience in both the single and crew boats.
Boys and girls in Year 11 to Upper Sixth are able to train in all three terms. Years 9 and 10 can experience the sport as part of the Millfield Activity Programme (MAP). The sport then becomes a full games option in the summer term for Year 10. This enables those new to the sport to pick up the basics while the water is warmer and the Somerset weather is most likely to be favourable.
The key crew targets are the Schools' Head of the River Race at the end of the spring term, the National Schools’ Regatta at the beginning of the summer half term and both Henley Women’s Regatta and Henley Royal Regatta at the end of the summer term.
Millfield’s ambition and commitment to the sport has recently been demonstrated by the employment of Ed Green, the school’s first full time Head of Rowing. Ed comes to Millfield following two years coaching the Cambridge University Boat Race squad. Prior to this Ed has had several years of experience working with junior boys and girls at Headington School Oxford, St Edwards School Oxford and as Head Junior Coach at Molesey Boat Club. During his time at Molesey the junior squad were extremely successful, winning at National Schools and Henley Women's Regatta. Individuals also earned success representing Great Britain at the European Junior Championships and World Junior Championships.
The school has recently invested in several single sculls allowing the club to focus on the skills of the individual. Learning in this, the most challenging of boat classes, gives each athlete a solid grounding that can be transferred into any boat class. It also enables those of the appropriate level to engage with the British Rowing Team trial process. Reaching a high junior standard can open the door to scholarship opportunities at British and American universities.
The training week focuses on two to three water sessions supported by strength and conditioning work and ergometer sessions. Pupils use RowPerfect rowing machines that give the rower a physical work out closer to the on water experience. Weekly training is supplemented by rowing camps at Easter and a number of weekend camps.
Millfield introduced rowing in 2011 and already the club has won the Senior 8s (in both men’s and women’s categories) at numerous regional regattas, beating many established schools and universities along the way. We have also produced our first “home grown” rowing international and many of our past rowers have entered prestigious university rowing programmes as well as capturing national rowing titles.