We would like to take a moment to deviate from our usual style of posting to thank all
the wonderful volunteers who support our scholar athletes from far and wide.
We are grateful to the network of alumni, family and rowing supporters who open their
homes to our students when they visit London to train and race.
Last weekend, our Coaches and the team of thirty-six students were hosted by families in London, where
everyone was greeted with warm welcomes and unrivalled hospitality. As Vice-President Emma Andrews (Pembroke College) says,
“It has been amazing to receive such generosity from over fifteen households in South West London allowing us to stay with them for training weekends on the Tideway. Our hosts form a crucial part of our
Boat Races preparation, and it’s been incredible to meet many CUW and CUL alumni, as
well as other rowing enthusiasts, along the way.”
The generous hospitality given so willingly to our team is greatly appreciated and our
students enjoy swapping rowing stories and developing lasting friendships with the
families they stay with. Without doubt, staying in a family home is a highlight and
welcome break from the academic routine and training schedule. Often it is the
moments over a cup of tea at the family table that bring us together and remind us of the
wider rowing community’s support.
‘Staying with host families plays a huge part in getting the most out of our Tideway
weekends, giving us a home away from home and some TLC while in London. It’s great to
be able to meet supporters of our clubs and hear stories from past campaigns.’ says Anna
At times, as a volunteer you may question the extent of the impact that your time and
efforts have had. The truth is that often times the results of your support are often far-
reaching and cross-generational even if they never appear evident to you personally.
To each and every one of you, who are reading this, and taking an interest in the young
people developing on and off the water at Cambridge, we thank you.