Furnival Sculling Club

Furnivall Sculling ClubRowing club based in Hammersmith, London. Established 1896

Furnivall Sculling Club Racing Squad

Men's captain: John Jackson-Houlston

Women's captain: Aly Martinovich

Head coach: Michael Tchoubouroff

Email address: information@furnivall.org

FSC women's squad 2018/19

The racing squad is designed for women and men who have previous rowing experience and want to race in a competitive yet friendly environment. Our current squad contains a wide range of abilities: from those who raced competitively at school or university to graduates from our Learn to Row course who have at least a year's experience in our development squad.


The purpose of the racing squad is to further develop your technique, fitness and confidence both on the water and in the gym in order to prepare crews for racing. The squad races at all levels, from novice to masters, in both sweep and sculling events, and from singles to eights. If you have never sculled before, that is not a problem, we will teach you!

The aim of our squad is to field crews at all major races and also at smaller regattas. In 2019/2020 we want to have a women’s crew qualify for Henley Women's Regatta and a men’s crew qualify for Henley Royal Regatta. We will have multiple crews representing the club at the major head races such as WEHoRR and HoRR. We want to ensure all members get to race at the appropriate level and therefore enter a range of other head races and summer regattas too.


Martin, Pierre, Luke & Mike

We follow a training plan created by our head coach that is a combination of land and water training, six days a week. The sessions are listed below. The women and men share the same head coach and therefore train together, but in gender specific crews.


We are a very friendly bunch and enjoy lunch at a local café or a drink at one of the many Hammersmith pubs along the Thames after outings. We have a great social secretary who arranges annual events such as our Annual Dinner, Christmas cheese & wine party, the Summer President’s Pimms Party, annual Henley picnic and other events such as a Halloween party or quiz night.


If you're an experienced rower (sweep and/or sculling) or cox and you think Furnivall might be the club for you, we'd encourage you to drop us a line using the contact details at the top of this page. We always welcome potential new members to visit us in order to meet the squad members and see the facilities. Looking forward to meeting you!

In the meantime, if you want to find out more, please email us using the contact details above or have a look at the FAQs below for more details.

Training schedule

We expect commitment to a good amount of training each week, as detailed above. In addition to land training, we’re out on the water both weekend mornings, with an additional mid-week evening outing during the summer months. However, the Furnivall mantra of being the most social club on the Tideway runs through the entire squad structure. Therefore training at our club should always be enjoyable, giving a real sense of working with others to achieve our goals and build strong friendships.

What are the training times?

Monday: coached erg session at 6.30pm, 7.15pm or 8pm
Tuesday: weights or cross-training
Wednesday: coached circuits session at 6.30pm, 7.15pm or 8pm
Thursday: erg session
Friday: rest day
Saturday: coached water sessiosn at 8:00 - 9:30 and 10:00 - 11:00
Sunday: coached water session at 9:00 - 11:00

How often do I need to train?

That is up to you! We encourage everyone to commit to as many of the seven sessions a week as possible. However we do realise that doesn’t suit everyone and not everyone is aiming to be in the top boat. We do ask that everyone completes a minimum of three sessions a week to maintain fitness, this is a combination of water and land training but if you are away for a week with work for example, then that is not a problem. We believe that FSC offers something for everyone, for those who want to train seven times a week to those wanting to train three times a week.

Do I have to race?

We have structured our squads at FSC so that everyone in the women’s and men’s squad will get to race at some point in the year. This could be at the top-level regattas, head races or local regattas. The races that you want to target should go hand-in-hand with how often you train in a week. If you are looking to row recreationally, rather than race, please get in touch to have a chat about options.

Do you do sweep rowing and sculling?

Yes, we encourage both at FSC. If you are an experienced sweep rower but haven’t sculled before, that is fine: it won’t take you long to pick it up! We tend to sweep row from December when we shift to 8s for the head season. After this we move back to smaller boats with a mix of sweep and sculling.

Do you have a masters' or vets' squad?

Currently, our masters are either members of the racing squad or are social scullers. We welcome members of all ages so please get in touch to have a chat about options.

How much is the membership?

We are one of the most competively-priced clubs in London because we believe that finances shouldn't pose a barrier to rowing. Subscription fees for all membership categories can be found on our Membership & Fees page.


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