Junior Rowing Programme

In September 2019, BROOKES|Rowing will be launching a brand new junior academy through its linked partner college – City of Oxford.


The programme will provide a platform for highly talented 16 year old rowers to apply to Oxford Brookes University by studying for an Extended Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science based at Oxford Brookes partner college – City of Oxford.

The junior rowing programme will follow the same racing and training format as the BROOKES|Rowing programme, with the exception of a focus on Junior Trials rather than Senior Trials. The junior men’s programme will be predominantly focussed on sweep-oared rowing, with the junior women’s programme featuring a combination of sweep and sculling.

Candidates most likely to be accepted onto the two year course are:

  • Those completing 5 or more GCSEs with grades A*-C
  • Rowers showing potential to perform at a high level
  • Athletes with limited rowing experience but with an elite sporting background
  • This programme aims to give an opportunity to those not already part of a high performance club or school
  • Athletes already part of a high performance club or school should look to apply for a degree at Brookes when they turn 18. Details of this can be found here 

This course will prepare you for a wide range of sports-related careers in physiology, biomechanics, psychology, sport therapy (physiotherapy) and sport coaching. The course itself runs with roughly 16 students per year, of which there will be 8 places for BROOKES|Rowing Academy athletes.

Student study will be timetabled in conjunction with their training with Oxford Brookes Boat Club. To register your interest please complete complete both steps below:

Step One: Fill out our recruitment form

Step Two: Get in touch with our contacts at City of Oxford College:


Ben Wright (Course Leader): ben.wright@activatelearning.ac.uk

Mark Burrows (Director of Curriculum): mark.burrows@activatelearning.ac.uk


For all questions regarding how to apply, the rowing programme, the coaching team or the course itself, Ben Wright and Mark Burrows are your points of contact.


Successful completion of each of the two year programme is essential. The course is made up of units; six core units and twelve specialist units. The six core subjects are:

  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Psychology
  • Research methods
  • Research project
  • Biomechanics

Content includes:

  • Functional Anatomy External Exam
  • Sport and Exercise Physiology External Exam
  • Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology External assessment
  • Field and Laboratory-based Fitness Testing
  • Applied Research Methods in Sport and Exercise Science
  • Coaching for Performance and Fitness
  • Specialised Fitness Training
  • Physical Activity for Individual and Group-based Exercise

The course timetable will be tailored around the training times of the student programme at Oxford Brookes University Boat Club. The group trains 6 days a week and boasts some of the best facilities in the world- with access to the university’s world class sports facilities where all land training takes place. Our boathouse is situated in Cholsey- for more information, take a look at our facilities page.

All organisation and logistics are organised between BROOKES|Rowing and the staff at City of Oxford College, so parents can be safe in the knowledge that your child will be supported in every way possible.

For students wishing to join the programme who are currently living outside the area, accommodation with host families can be arranged. Please contact Mark Burrows for queries relating to this.

One of the key strengths of the BROOKES|Rowing programme is the flexibility which allows athletes to focus on their studies as well as offering one of the most successful training programmes in the world. Transport to and from each session is provided by City of Oxford College, giving each athlete the easiest route to academic success and rowing development.