Off the water
Charity Fundraising is an important part of UStABC. During Fresher’s Week we run a 24-hour Ergathon, where members take it in turns to row through night and day, as well as receiving support from members of the public who have a go. This year we raised over £1000 for Maggie’s Fife. Maggie’s offers support to strengthen the physical and emotional wellbeing of those diagnosed with cancer, so we were proud to raise money for such a good local cause.
We were also the first Rowing Club to sign the Scottish Association of Mental Health Charter. Our newly appointed Welfare Team organised a university-wide event to support Row Britannia, a nationwide challenge to row 2020 miles and raise money for mental health charities in the process.
Indoor Rowing Programme
The club has worked with local schools to offer an indoor rowing programme to children across Fife. Student volunteers receive prior training to run these weekly sessions. We started by offering a weekly indoor rowing programme at Madras College in St Andrews, but have since moved to offer the programme at Lochgelly High School, near where we train at Lochore.
We are also starting an annual indoor rowing competition, Saints Indoors, where local schools are invited to compete. The hard work of everyone involved in these programmes culminates in this fun, exciting event where the children get the opportunity to see how they could take their rowing forward if they wish.
The Big Free Open Weekend – Loch Ore
Each year, the club takes part in the Big Free Open Weekend at Loch Ore, where we have our water training sessions. The club brings down glide singles from Glasgow, with the support fo Scottish Rowing to give taster sessions in the single sculls that are stable platforms for a first outing!
Despite being a performance sport, alongside our commitment to training, the club still has a healthy social calendar for our members outside of training! Rowing brings people together from all walks of life, initiating bonds that last a lifetime. Socials remain a way to enjoy each other’s company off the water and outside of the erg room.
There is a social every week, whether it’s a night at the union or a formal three-course meal at the Old Course Hotel. Our events can be broadly placed into these four categories.
Boat Club classics
Over the years, there have been some stand-out events created by our ingenious past social secretaries that have now become yearly fixtures. One example would be House Circuits where the club jogs en masse to different stations around the town where they all complete a short exercise and a beverage challenge.
The Athletic Union puts on this event once a month for all the sports societies to revel together in Club 601. The Club distributes sinners tickets to our social members and competitive members and tickets are always tight.
As regatta and headrace seasons get underway, the squads gather as a smaller group in preparation for weekend racing. These socials have encompassed potluck dinners and movie nights. Squad cohesion is at its best when our rowers share a meal and enjoy a blockbuster in a cozy environment.
The club enjoys two large formal dinners a year – Christmas and Annual Dinner. These are an opportunity to enjoy the luxury of some of St Andrews finest dining establishments such as the Dolls House and the Old Course Hotel. Guests can expect a three-course meal with wine, speeches from Alumni and annual squad awards.