What words do I associate with rowing? Commitment, organisation and teamwork. - Captain of Boats 2017-18
For more than 60 years, rowing has been part of Pangbourne College life. Nearly a third of the pupil body row each year, with over 140 boys and girls taking to the water from Form 3 through Upper Sixth.
For a school our size we have performed very well. Very few schools have won the Princess Elizabeth Cup at Henley Royal Regatta even once; we have done it four times, in 1963, 1971, 1992 and 2003. We have consistently developed Junior International rowers in summer racing seasons, and several Old Pangbournians have gone on to full international representation.
We are fortunate to have one of the best stretches of rowing water in the country; a scenic, protected and unbroken seven kilometre stretch of the Thames.
But, nearly every Pangbournian rower of nearly every generation will recognise the existing Boat Club facilities as nearly identical to what was there when they were at the College. The Boat Club is far too small for the number of pupils using it daily, and does not adequately reflect the co-educational nature of the sport. The buildings and facilities are in need of extensive renovation.
Upgrading the Boat Club is long overdue, given its contribution to the College's success. - OP and former Princess Elizabeth Cup Winner
The College Governors have committed to annual investment in the Boat Club, to include upgrading equipment over time and excellent coaching. Capital funding has been set aside for other projects in the College. However, renovations to the Boat Club buildings are not included in these commitments.
The existing Boat Club is functional, but it is too small and needs refurbishment. The plans, therefore, are practical, whilst at the same time 'future-proofing' the club to include greater numbers of rowers and storage space, dedicated space for club meetings and indoor training, and facilities to accommodate external lets in the future.
Supporting this project is our way of giving back to the school and ensuring Pangbourne continues to punch above its weight in a brilliant sport. - Current College parentWe are asking the support of our Pangbourne community: Old Pangbournians, parents and former parents, to help us create a Boat Club which will reflect the importance of rowing to the College's heritage and future.
We need your help to raise £1.25 million over the next two years. Gifts of all sizes will help us reach the total, so do consider giving what feels comfortable for you. You can give a one-off gift or a regular gift, and if you are a UK taxpayer we can claim an additional 25% from HMRC for Gift Aid.
For example, if you choose to give £25 per month for three years, the total value of your gift to College, including Gift Aid we claim, would be £1,125 - a very generous gift for the cost of a monthly takeaway meal. And, if you are a higher-rate taxpayer, you can also claim back some of the tax in your annual return, making the total cost to you only £675.
If you would like to discuss this project further, please get in touch with Karen Hartshorn, Director of Development.