Oxford Amateur Rowing Foundations of new Boathouse

by Damien Frost in Oxford, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom

Total raised £43,245

raised so far

+ est. £1834.75 Gift Aid



The foundations of a new boathouse: Site surveys, architectural designs, planning fees, and ground works.

by Damien Frost in Oxford, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom

We're still collecting donations

On the 2nd May 2024 we'd raised £43,175 with 155 supporters in 28 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

 New stretch target

All funds will be allocated towards (a) leasing land long term, (b) design and plan of our new boathouse and (c) construction of our new boathouse. 

Thank you!

Thank you for your support to our generous donors and to Sports England who have pledged £10,000 towards our cause! 

20 years rowing at Oxford!

We are the Oxford Amateur Rowing Club, formerly the Oxford Academicals Rowing Club, but fondly known as the Accies. We are a friendly, community-focused rowing club based in Oxford. We row on a stretch of the River Thames that passes through Oxford and we race across the UK. We welcome adult members of all rowing standards, ages, and fitness levels.1711366904_1711366906751.png

Crowdfunding for growth!

Our 100 members are limited by our current facilities. We need a larger modern boathouse to deliver a high-quality rowing experience to the people of the city of Oxford and beyond. Our current boathouse (pictured below) will soon no longer be available (due to change of ownership) and we must move swiftly!


Over the past year we have been scouting all land options on the Thames in Oxford and are now working with land-owners and planners for a long-term secure location to erect a new boathouse over a two phase, multi-year plan.

Initial phase: where will funds be spent

We will spend the £30k raised on the first essential steps for a new boathouse:

  • planning fees
  • architect designs
  • surveys fees
  • and initial ground preparation works

The project is managed by Accies volunteers, who are professional experts themselves. We are working with the landlords of 2 suitable sites on the Thames in Oxford, finalising the site shortly!

Funds raised above our target will go to building a temporary boathouse on the 2 phase, multi-year vision for our club.

Total budget

The overall boathouse project is budgeted at £750k and will run for the next 2-3 years. Funds from this campaign will complement capital which the club is raising from large donors and other sources.

Live event!

What a memorable weekend this was! We exhibited at the Westgate shopping centre at Oxford on Saturday 6 & Sunday 7 April 2024. 

The public had the opportunity to see up close a racing 8+ and a single. We discussed rowing and many people (of all ages and fitness) declared interest in our Learning to Row. The kids jumped on the rowing machines, while our own Mark Henstridge rowed a Marathon in just over 3 hours!


Community impact

Accies has rapidly grown as a club in recent years. We run flexible squad-based training which reflects our inclusive community and helps make rowing accessible to as many people as possible. We cater for a wide range of personal ambitions, from regular racing to occasional exercise. We also hold annual "learn to row" courses each summer to help new people join the rowing community. We run regular social events. 

We are a registered charity and  keep our membership fees as low as possible to ensure that we can welcome people from all walks of life across Oxford, including a hardship fund to assist members.



We are honoured to be endorsed by Constantine Louloudis (Rio 2016 gold medal), Alan Meegan (British Rowing, facilities manager), Vassilis Ragousis (Oxford Blue, Henley winner and living in Oxford), John Ewans (Active Tools founder and Accies women coach).


The club is organised in Women's, Men's, and Development squads, each organised by their Captains. Crews are defined every week for several coached sessions every week, depending on availability and preparation towards racing.

There is a proposition for every rowing competency level and ambition, including indoor rowing tank technical focus.1711365688_1711365691425.png

Seville training camp!

Every year, many Accies, of all standards, migrate to southern climates for a week of rowing, more rowing, sightseeing and fun!




Both women and men squads are actively racing throughout the year, from local Oxford regattas to national and international races (notably weHoRR and menHoRR). Crews are selected for each event and train together for the occation.


Social calendar


Rowing is a squad sport and social interaction is very much weaved in the fabric of Accies! We organise a summer party and a Christmas party, both well attended and open to friends of the club. We meet for drinks at least once per month and after most races we participate at. We connect, talk about the joys and challenges of rowing and life in general. In Accies you will find an amazingly strong and vibrant community of friends!

How you can play your part

There are five simple ways to help us reach our target, and make this project a reality.

1. Make a pledge. Whether it's £10 or £1,000 or more (!), we're grateful for any step that helps us get closer to our goal of securing a permanent club home. 

2. Sponsor. Could you connect us with a company willing to be a sponsor for our club? We would carry their logo on our website. 

3. Spread the word. The more people who know about us, the more chance we have of reaching our target, so please share our crowdfunding page on social media. 

4. Offer. Could your business make a donation of rewards we can offer our funders? We will give you a shout out!

5. Fundraise for us. If you have an idea for fundraising on our behalf – maybe a sponsored activity or similar – use the 'contact project' button at the top of our page to let us know. Setting up your own page only takes a few minutes and you won’t need any bank details. Just a fun idea!


                  THANK YOU!


This project offered rewards

£3,000 or more

Lifetime membership at Accies!

Lifetime member of Accies! Join a relaxed, joyful, friendly community and experience rowing in Oxford for as long as you like, whenever you like! Be part of the club's long-term growth story and contribute to a lasting legacy. Coaching fees or racing fees will be charged every year, as they arise.

£50 or more

Boxing session with Personal Trainer

The Project PT gym is an inclusive environment employing local coaches who specialise in strength & conditioning, pain, injury, long distance events, boxing and more! No experience required - give it a go! (theprojectpt.com)

£160 or more

Paul Catherall proof linocut Hoover Black

Unframed artist proof linocut Hoover Black, signed and AP (artist proof) but not numbered. Paper size 280 x 190mm, 2017, retail price £175 (www.paulcatherall.com) Paul Catherall’s bold linocuts of architectural landmarks are instantly recognisable. example: https://www.eamesfineart.com/artworks/categories/12/9514-paul-catherall-hoover-black-2017/

£2,500 or more

Racking for a single rowing boat for 10 years!

Free racking of your single rowing boat in our new boathouse! The boathouse is at planning stage. Please contact us before pledging to discuss racking timeline.

£7 or more

Coffee & snack vouchers: Love Cafe, Oxford!

£10 vouchers from the popular Love Cafe, Oxford! With shops on the High Street and Cowley Road, the chain offers aromatic coffee and delicious Greek pasties! https://lovecoffeeco.uk/

£7 or more

Coffee & snack vouchers: Theo's Cafe, Oxford!

£10 vouchers at Theo's Cafe at 12 Broad St, Oxford, for artisan coffee and homemade treats. The warm and welcoming atmosphere is perfect for coffee aficionados and friendly chats. theoscafe.co.uk

£10 or more

£10 voucher Paper Boat Cafe, Foley Bridge, Oxford

A great place to grab a good coffee and pastry on the way into work from a morning outing! A favourite of Accies and many rowers alike! https://www.instagram.com/thepaperboatcafe/

£12 or more

Cinema tickets at Curzon Oxford

Tickets at the Curzon Westgate Oxford for any film, any time of your choice! A voucher will be provided to be redeemed at the cinema! (Ticket's usual price: £14 each)

£20 or more

Magdalen Arms pub voucher!

A £25 voucher to purchase anything you like at the lovely The Magdalen Arms pub at Iffley Road in Oxford!

£20 or more

2 pies (£20 worth!) at St James Tavern, Oxford!

St James Tavern, Oxford is offering 2 wonderfully tasty pies, worth £20! SJT is an award winning local pub serving the whole community with good food, gorgeous drinks, and a wide array of events!https://www.instagram.com/jstoxford/

£25 or more

£30 voucher at The Black Swan pub!

Enjoy a drink or two or three (!) at the Black Swan pub at Crown St, Oxford! With a lovely garden and sports on the screens, this is the place to be with your friends!

£35 or more

Framed Oxford photographs by Guy Henstock!

Framed (A3 size) Oxford photographs by Guy Henstock (retail price: £40)! Guy is a Photographer and Digital Creative, based in Oxford, UK. He specialises in event, travel and product photography. https://photography.guyhenstock.com/

£40 or more

2 tickets at the Oxford Playhouse

2 tickets to a performance at the Oxford Playhouse in central Oxford! A voucher will be provided to the donor. Mon – Thur performances only (subject to availability). Please note that one night comedy and some other events may be excluded. Please confirm with the venue. (Typical single ticket price exceeds £20)

£45 or more

Oxford riverside scene by Etain O'Carroll

Framed (A3 size) original photo of Oxford riverside scene by Etain O'Carroll! They typically retail above £50. Etain is a freelance writer and photographer based in Oxford whose work has taken her from the wilds of northern Greenland to the heat of the Saharan dunes https://www.etaino.co.uk/

£45 or more

Looooovely handmade cake!

Handmade cake by our very own accomplished baker Jo! The flavour to be agreed with the donor. Real value of cake: immeasurable! Just go for it!

£50 or more

Wooden bowl by Arthur Bullard!

A hand-turned wooden bowl! A regular feature of our Christmas auction, Accies member Art will hand-turn a bowl from a range of English wood. Dimensions vary - typical diameter 6-12'' and depth 2-3''.

£60 or more

A unique pot by Abby Mason

A hand-crafted pot, created by local potter Abby Mason. In her own words: "I love the nature of clay, and how it brings together all the elements that are so key to life, into one craft. Earth, Water, Air and Fire are all key to achieving great pottery, without one of these elements we wouldn’t be able to create such a diverse world of ceramics." https://abbymasonceramics.wordpress.com/.

£60 or more

Sophia Ungermann framed watercolor & tote bag

Sophia Ungermann is an Oxford watercolourist with a distinctive style who is donating multiple gifts for this Accies campaign! This reward is a framed watercolour post card size and a tote bag with her prints (retail price: £67.50)! https://www.instagram.com/lightonbowside/?igsh=ZDNlZDc0MzIxNw

£60 or more

Handcrafted pottery bowl!

A handcrafted pottery bowl by our own Mark Henstridge! This is yet another classic of the Accies gift set, to be cherished on a multitude of occasions! Dimensions vary - typical radius 8-12cm, height 3-5cm.

£70 or more

Sophia Ungermann commission: Crew drawing

What a unique artwork this would be for a rowing crew! Sophia Ungermann is an Oxford watercolourist with a distinctive style who is donating multiple gifts for this Accies campaign! This reward is commission for the lucky donor! (retail price £75) https://www.instagram.com/lightonbowside/?igsh=ZDNlZDc0MzIxNw

£80 or more

Sophia Ungermann framed watercolor (2) & tote bag

Sophia Ungermann is an Oxford watercolourist with a distinctive style who is donating multiple gifts for this Accies campaign! This reward is a framed watercolour 7x10"size and a tote bag with her prints (retailing at £87.50)! https://www.instagram.com/lightonbowside/?igsh=ZDNlZDc0MzIxNw

£80 or more

Sophia Ungermann framed watercolor (3)

Sophia Ungermann is an Oxford watercolourist with a distinctive style who is donating multiple gifts for this Accies campaign! This reward is a framed watercolour A3 size (retail price £90)! https://www.instagram.com/lightonbowside/?igsh=ZDNlZDc0MzIxNw

£140 or more

Sophia Ungermann commission: rowing blade painting

Another a unique artwork this would be! Sophia Ungermann is an Oxford watercolourist with a distinctive style who is donating multiple gifts for this Accies campaign! This reward is commission for the lucky donor! Retailing at £150 and above. See photos for examples: https://www.instagram.com/lightonbowside/?igsh=ZDNlZDc0MzIxNw

£180 or more

A Thirty Four Art original canvas!

An original piece of work by British-based, multi-disciplined street artist, whose artwork comprises plaster of Paris, photography, graphic design and illustration. His identity is unknown. the anonymous street artist with creating presence across Oxford: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Athirty4. A unique proposition for your art collection!

£220 or more

1 year full membership at Accies!

Free Annual membership at Accies! (currently at £240) Coaching fees and racing fees will be charged as they arise.

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