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Hampton is one of the top rowing schools in the country and it is a very popular sport amongst our boys.

The boys row on the Molesey stretch of the the River Thames which is just a short run from the school. Our facilities are outstanding with a superb boathouse and impressive fleet of boats.  

The school has a dedicated coaching team headed by its own, full time Director of Rowing, Colin Greenaway, a former international athelete and Junior International Coach for the Great Britain Team. 

Pupils begin learning the discipline in the Third Year when they will be taught to scull. The emphasis is on enjoyment and watermanship.
 
There are regular training camps in the holidays, some at the Boathouse, but also in Seville, Hazewinkel, Belgium, Temple Sur Lot, Bordeaux. 

Old Hamptonians, including Karl Hudspith ( President of the Oxford University Boat Club 2012), the Livingston brothers and the Smith brothers have competed in the Boat Race. The Searle brothers are also well-known Old Hamptonians and Olympic Gold Medallists. ( Greg Searle was part of the Bronze Medal GB Eight, London 2012 twenty years after his Olympic Gold in Barcelona 1992) 

Hampton's rowing department has a thriving Parents' Association which raises funds to support our rowers.

Directions to the Millenium Boat Club >> click here




Rowing Squads:


J14 – this is the beginners' squad. The emphasis on J14’s is to establish watermanship rather than to win medals. The boys scull in: 1x, 2x, 4x and 8.The culmination of the year is finally racing at the National Schools’ Regatta and Peterborough J14 Regatta.

J15 – In their second year of Rowing, sweep oar rowing is gradually introduced. The training becomes more intensive and boys will aim to compete in Eights at the National Schools' Regatta.

J16 – The J16 squad is a time of transition between the J15 and Senior Squad. Training gradually intensifies, as does competition. The Eights at the National Schools’ are still the main focus, but there is also the first opportunity to earn a Great Britain vest at the GB-France match.

Senior Squad – When boys join the Senior Squad, commitment is expected. Intensive training in the Sixth Form means new friendships are forged between the year groups. It is from the Senior Squad that the First and Second Eights are chosen.

We are proud that Hampton School consistently produces rowers who go on to represent Great Britain and England at the following International level competitions:
  • Home Countries International
  • Coupe de la Jeunesse
  • Junior World Championships


 

 
Fixtures - For the latest information on Rowing fixtures, please see online  Yellow Diary



2013 Results

Wallingford Regatta

 

After the overwhelming results at the schools Head it was a shot of reality at Wallingford regatta for the Hampton Crews. The first Regatta of the summer showed that Hampton are not going to have it all their own way in the sprint racing. All the crews, bar one, made it through to the finals with many second and third places but no victories.

This will be a good shot in the arm needed to ensure the crews approach the National Schools Regatta with their eyes open and hungry for victory. The crews now know they have to raise their game and cannot go to Nottingham with any complacency from the Head season.
The 1st VIII were down three of their top rowers with two, Benstead and Douglass, racing for GB at Munich junior international regatta and Lloyd out with a wrist injury. Without these three the 1st VIII struggled in IM1 Eights where they made the final but finished last behind Abingdon, St Pauls and Eton. The 1st VIII will be stronger with the returning boys and know they have good competition to race at the National Schools Regatta in three weeks’ time.
The 2nd VIII raced in IM2 Eights and had to settle for fifth in their heat so did not progress to the final. There were only three 2nd eights in the event amongst the other school’s 1st eights with Eton putting in the quickest time followed by Hampton and then St Pauls’.
The 3rd VIII raced in J18B Eights and produced some excellent races to progress into the final where they came second behind the 1st Eight of Reading Blue Coat School and ahead of all the other schools’ 1st and 2nd eights.
The J16 1st VIII had a rough morning racing in two coxed fours, both crews started well and made the final. The quicker coxed four were sitting in 3rd place at half way when they hit the lane buoys and caught a crab which put them at the back, they struggled to recover and never found a good rhythm after the incident and finished in last place with the 2nd Hampton coxed four just ahead of them in 5th place. After a slightly disappointing morning the boys wanted to put in a good race in their eight. They had a great heat and had a tremendous battle with Eton with only a second between them down all the way down the two kilometre course. On this occasion the Hampton Eight finished first, but in the final Eton had their revenge and won J16 Eights with Hampton second ahead of Reading Blue Coat School, Abingdon, St Pauls’ and Bedford Modern.
The J16 2nd VIII had to race in the J16A Eights and found the pace a bit too fast and did not progress past the heat.
The J15 1st VIII had a good regatta; they won their heat beating London Oratory School by just 0.37 of a second. In the final a very strong Westminster eight won with London Oratory School just beating Hampton into third.
In J15B Eights both the Hampton 2nd VIII and 3rd VIII made the final, a great result for the 3rd VIII. In the final won by Kingston Grammar with their 1st Eight.The Hampton 2nd VIII came third just 0.74 of a second behind Eton’s J15 2nd VIII, with the J15 3rd VIII finishing a very creditable fifth.

Schools' Head of the River Race  >> report



2011/12 Results

Medals all round at National School Regatta >>
report

Four Hampton Rowers represent GB at the Munich Regatta >> report

Wallingford Regatta >> report

Schools Head of River >> report

Hampton Fours & Eights Head >> report

Hampton Small Boats Head >> report

For further information on this season's current fixtures and results please visit -  David Biddulph's website

Hampton School Fixtures are also available in the School Calendar

Competitions

The School competes in various Heads and Regattas throughout the year. The focus for the Winter Season is the National Junior Sculling Head and The Schools' Head of River. In the Summer the main events will be The National Schools' Regatta held at the end of May and The Henley Royal Regatta in July. Hampton School also organises two nationally renowned junior competitions, The Hampton Small Boats Head and the Hampton Fours & Eights Head. See above tab for more information.

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Schools Head 2014

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT from the organisors of the Schools Head: Race postponed

Due to the extraordinary tidal conditions being experienced on the Thames at present, all Tideway head races have been forced to revise plans for their respective events. Rather than race a significantly reduced field on a flood tide on the scheduled day, we would like to make every effort to keep the full race and have therefore agreed with the Port of London Authority to postpone the race until WEDNESDAY 26th MARCH with a scheduled start time of 1330, more than three hours after high tide, which should ensure a milder tide and safer conditions for all crews.
 
I apologise for the considerable inconvenience this may cause some crews but the alternatives available would certainly have involved partial or full cancellation. Should conditions on Tideway not improve by mid March , we have been kindly offered the opportunity to move the event to Eton Dorney.
 
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Kingston Small Boats Head 

Rowing Results 

At Kingston Small Boats Head this Saturday the Boat Club had a strong set of results with wins in IM3 Coxless Fours and J16 Coxless Fours.

 

J18 coxed fours Hampton came 3rd and 6th from the nine crews entered and in the IM3 Coxed Fours the senior squad boys finished 3rd and 5th from the 15 IM3 4+ crews, their times would  also have placed them 4th and 5th in J18 coxed fours making it 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th !!  This is very encouraging as the senior Hampton crews were also missing their top boys, who were not racing today as they are preparing for British Junior trials which take place in a couple of weeks.

The J16 coxed fours came well placed at 2nd, 4th and 5th from the twelve crews entered which along with the results in the J16 coxless fours shows some great strength in depth for this group. 

The J15 Squad were 7th, 9th, 12th, 17th from the nineteen J15 Coxed Quads, along with 4th and 7th in the J15 Double sculls where 14 crews entered. 



Summer 2013 - Overview

Five J16 Boys were selected to represent Great Britain as part of the GB U16 VIII for the annual GB v France U16 Match. The boys were Sam Pratt, Douglass Chesterton, Louis Wyborn, Will Coxon and Harry Waterkeyn. The Eight comprised of two other boys from Eton and two from Shrewsbury. The Eight performed well after two weeks training together and beat the French VIII by almost three lengths.

Liam Rhodes was selected to cox the England VIII and coxed four for the Home Countries International Match, were both his crews were victorious over the Irish, Scottish and Welsh crews. 

Sam Collier was selected to cox the GB coxed four for the Junior World Rowing Championships in Trakai, Lithuania. The crew made the final and came sixth overall. Alistair Douglass selected for the coxless pair in Trakai had a very tough field with 28 countries involved. The GB pair did very well to make the 'B' Final coming 4th in their final and therefore 10th overall. Matthew Benstead was selected for the GB VIII, they finished in the difficult position of 4th, a very creditable result but they none the less disappointed to be so close to the medals but narrowly missing out on the podium.

Mr Neil Double did a fantastic job of coxing the GB Coxed Four, making a Worlds final in his first Junior Worlds. Race  -

 


Other Recent Stories

Hampton crews take home a record 72 Gold medals >> report

National Schools'  Regatta 2013 - Hampton School tops the medal table >> report 



 

 
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Academic Year 2012 /13 

Hampton's rowers represent GB in the World Junior Championships >> report

Double success in the Pairs, Head of the River race >> report

 


 

April 2012

Alex Lloyd and Matthew Benstead were the fastest Junior pair at the GB Junior Trials Regatta out of the 36 pairs competing to gain an invite to the GB final trials later in the year. In the final they were 9 seconds clear of their nearest rivals. Hampton had three pairs qualify for the GB final trials which take place in June.


Four boys selected to represent GB in the 2012 International Munich Regatta >> report

Rowers miss out on win by 3 seconds in the Schools Head >> report

Hampton Fours & Eights Head >> report

Hampton Small Boats Head >> report

J16 Squad  - 2011 Season Round-Up >> report

Henley Royal Regatta >> report

National Schools Regatta >> report


The Hampton Rowing Department organises training camps for the different squads. 
 
Third Year  -  Easter 'intensive' training at Boat Club
 
Fourth Year – One week training camp in Hazewinkel, Belgium

Fifth and Sixth Year  - Two, one week training camps in Temple Sur Lot and in Seville, Spain.

 

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