Coalporters Northam Bridge Archway Development

by Coalporters Rowing Club in Southampton, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 6th December 2018 we successfully raised £15,511 with 211 supporters in 28 days

We need somewhere to store our boats. The Council are willing to let us use an arch in the nearby bridge, but we must fund all construction.

by Coalporters Rowing Club in Southampton, England, United Kingdom

 New stretch target

Thursday 6th December - ALL FINISHED! - SMASHED IT! - YOU LEGENDS!

Still £15,000!  The first £5000 was our core 'all or nothing' target - the minimum Sport England required from us to begin fund-matching. 

Thanks to an incredibly generous donation today (13th Nov) we've now passed through £5,000 and have fulfilled the 'all or nothing' obligation. From now on we keep what we raise, regardless!

That doesn't mean that we're slowing down though - with the total cost of this project estimated to be around £80,000, every donation counts. £15,000 is still the goal, so please keep sharing the link to friends and family. Thank-you again!


Our aim is to turn an unused and unloved arch under a bridge into much needed  boat storage.


Coalporters is an amateur rowing club based next to Northam Bridge in Southampton. It was formed in 1875 by river and dock workers who used to row coal supply boats to the many steam ships in Southampton. 


These days we draw members from all walks of life in the Southampton area and most notably from the nearby Solent University who have been linked to the club for over 20 years. The University have their own college league to compete in but move across to coastal rowing in their summer to race in the Hampshire & Dorset championship.

Coalporters has been part of this championship every year since the competition formation in 1903. Each of the 13 clubs in the Association host a regatta over the summer for every level of ability from Novice to Senior. 


The winners of our Association go on to compete against the winners of Devon & Cornwall and Sussex & Kent to decide who will be the South Coast Champions.

Coalporters  also have a thriving river section and we race everywhere from Dartmouth  to Chester. In the last year we have had crews racing at Henley Royal Regatta and Ladies Henley.


Rowing at Coalporters is a fantastic way to meet new people and become part of a new and supportive family. We have members from every walk of life, from 8 years old through to nearly 80 years young.

Taking part brings many benefits, including much improved fitness, weight control, stress reduction and the opportunity of being part of a close knit team. 

Whether your ambitions are to excel in sports or just row for fun, the club has many different opportunities available.



Our rowing club has reached a crunch point - our existing boathouse is bursting at the seams, with boats jammed in every which-way. Additionally, our biggest boats the River Eights can't be stored inside and are kept on waste ground behind the club, vulnerable to vandalism and the weather.


In addition, moving boats in and out of the existing storage is now becoming a real problem both in the way they have to be handled and for safety reasons due to the lack of maneuverable space we have. Unfortunately, no matter how much care is taken, sometimes boats are damaged which can be very expensive to repair.

The Northam Bridge Arch

Beside Coalporters Rowing Club is an old railway arch that sadly is being used for anti-social activity and fly tipping. Developing new secure boat storage in this redundant space will not only help the club, but also cleans up the area, benefits the local community and the new housing development on the other side of the bridge. 

Using this space for boat storage will give us the room we desperately need, will help grow the club for the future and help Southampton City Council to reduce the amount of time spent removing rubbish and graffiti. Coalporters will be managing and maintaining the area, helping to make it better for nearby residents, walkers and other boat users on the river.


     We are working in partnership with Sport England to make this project a reality but need your help as well.

We need to raise £15,000  between now and the 6th December. 

     If you would like to help, please make a donation today.

Every pound toward the Northam Arch Fund will benefit rowing enthusiasts

and the local community in and around  Southampton. 

Thank-you in advance for your kind support


This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£25 or more

Bronze Reward

Social Membership, Monthly updates, Invite to our "Thank You" Ball

£50 or more

12 of 50 claimed

Silver Reward

Social Membership, Monthly updates, Invite to our "Thank You" Ball plus a rowing taster-session

£100 or more

14 of 50 claimed

Gold Reward

One month Full Membership then Social Membership, Monthly updates, Invite to our "Thank You" Ball plus 3 rowing taster-sessions

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