At the AGM last October I introduced plans to build a Gym at the club. Not all of our Members were at the meeting so I would like to take this opportunity to update you all on where we are with the plans now and hope we have your support for this very exciting project.

Yet again we have been kept off the river due to flood streams and our club becomes a ghost ship as members are forced to train elsewhere or not at all. We have been extremely fortunate over the years to have had access to Claires Court School's Gym and Sports Hall, however, this is set to change as the school move from their Ray Mill Road site to the Ridgeway over the next few years.

As you know, in order to compete at any level in rowing a high standard of fitness is required. Land training has become as important as water training. Maidenhead Rowing Club wants to ensure that it provides the best possible opportunities for its members across all squads to succeed and so we feel we need to move our facilities forward not just to bring us in line with our neighbouring clubs but also to provide training space that will serve us well for many years to come.

We have looked at different extension options and prefer to build onto the side of the club on stilts so that we don't lose any parking spaces. This first floor extension will provide 117 square metres of gym space. In addition, we are hoping to use the extra roof space for another ergo room which should be able to house 20 ergs. I'm sure you will agree this is much needed.

An extension to provide gym space has broader implications for the club. It would mean that we are able to maintain the hall in its current format, for member's social use and function venue.

A small working group has been put together to look at this project. We envisage a weight training area in the gym, a static bike area and floor space for body circuits. We may even find a room that we can use for Altitude Training and perhaps a treatment area for visiting physios. But I might be getting carried away now!
We hope to be in a position to apply for Planning Permission very soon. I will keep you informed.

If you have any questions or would like to be involved, please email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Kind regards

Laura Lion

April 2014