Press Release

DURHAM, UNITED KINGDOM – 31st March 2022

Durham Amateur Rowing Club (the “Club”) has completed the transfer of its assets to registered Charity, Durham Amateur Rowing Club 1860 Limited (the “Charity”). This transfer includes the land and buildings at City Boathouse Green Lane Durham, all rowing equipment and memberships.

Mark Bell, former trustee of the club said, ”Durham Amateur Rowing Club has a long history dating back to 1860, it has been a leading club in the North, always at the forefront of rowing developments and serving the whole community. The move to charitable status is a logical step in the club’s evolution and will protect the club and its members long into the future.”

“The new Charity secures the future of the rowing club for the community of Durham, providing a stable base with the appropriate governance and transparency that comes from attaining charitable status,” said Paul Rutter, Director of the Charity.

The Charity will continue to provide access to rowing for the whole community.

“The Charity will progress the work we do with our community partners including Durham University and local schools. We will look to expand how we work with other local charities and voluntary groups within the river catchment in the City Centre.”

Beth Holmes, Captain of the Rowing Club added “Members will not see any change in the day to day running of the club but we are all excited to be part of the this next chapter in the club’s long history.”

About Durham Amateur Rowing Club

The Durham County Advertiser – Friday November 23rd 1860, ‘A meeting was held at Ward’s Waterloo Hotel on Wednesday 21st November by a few gentlemen interested in aquatic sports to ascertain the practicability of forming an amateur rowing club in this city.’

For over 160 years Durham Amateur Rowing Club has been a presence on the River Wear in Durham City Centre. After completing its first boathouse in 1897 at a cost of £296 it is now in its third home, a £1m purpose built facility situated on the Racecourse, Green Lane Durham.

The Rowing Club offers opportunities for rowing to the whole community with members aged 11 to 80+. Learn to row courses for people new to the sport are available for all ages and we always welcome people back to the sport if they have taken a break.

Mark Bell – General Manager –