The United Hospitals Boat Club is based at the University of London boathouse in Chiswick, west London, and promotes and supports the sport of rowing by medical students, students in the disciplines related to medicine, and alumni. UHBC represents the six individual rowing clubs of the five London medical schools and the Royal Veterinary College.
UHBC has three main functions:
Improving safety in rowing during training and during competition, especially on the upper reaches of the tidal Thames (the ‘Tideway’). There is particular focus on the maintenance of standards of safety within the six constituent clubs.
The organisation of competitive rowing events, mainly but not exclusively between members of the six constituent clubs. The three day bumps event in May is the best known of these competitions. Historically there has been fierce inter-club rivalry which gives these events a special flavour not often seen in wider national competition. These events cater for athletes of a wide range of abilities and allow those who need to devote time to academic study the opportunity to participate in active sport without detriment to their careers.
Assisting in the development of rowing to a higher standard within the constituent clubs and providing the opportunity to develop crews and individuals who are able to compete at a high level in national competitions, such as the British University and Colleges Sport Regatta, Henley Womens’ Regatta and Henley Royal Regatta.
London Medical schools have had a fierce rivalry which goes back centuries, rowing is no exception. As an umbrella organisation UHBC organises the social events that follow all their major regattas and races.The students enter into the spirit of these events with the same enthusiasm as they compete in the races.There is an annual black tie dinner and a summer garden party which takes place at the University of London Boat House in Chiswick, which is where all the boats, are based.
UHBC is looking for sponsorship to insure that they can continue and improve both their training and social functions.They can offer potential sponsors the following:
·Unprecedented access to the largest number of both medical and veterinary students in the UK, both through the 450+ participating students and the multitude of other students who could be made aware of sponsorship through student newsletters and other promotional material such as T-shirts
·We could arrange to detail how a sponsor is involved with UHBC in The Medical Student, a student newspaper which is distributed nationally.
·Kit sponsorship could give a sponsor exposure at all the major events that UH boats are entered.
·The opportunity to have display materials at UH events such as the Bumps races and the novice races.
·Sponsoring individual races or regattas through both named races and trophies.
The increasing costs of both organising and entering regattas means that the club can no longer sustain these activities at their present level or indeed hope to increase their level of participation at national regattas without further sponsorship.
If you are interested in providing any form of sponsorship please send us an e-mail.