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BUCS Rowing 4s and 8s Head commits next two years to the River Tyne 10/05/2016

In agreement with the Newcastle and Gateshead consortia of rowing clubs (Tyne United RC, Tyne Amateur RC and Newcastle University Boat Club), who hosted the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) 4s and 8s head in February, BUCS have committed the future of the event to the same location for the years 2017 and 2018.

The next event to be held on the River Tyne is scheduled for February, 2017, with the following year to be confirmed nearer the time considering tidal conditions. The three rowing clubs forming the Newcastle and Gateshead consortia have worked closely with BUCS in delivering a smoothly-run event to enhance the student sport experience; the agreement of two further events aims to further progress this relationship to continually improve the annual meet.  

Alongside BUCS, their volunteers and the three hosting rowing clubs, a wider breadth of Newcastle University staff will contribute to planning event delivery.

Director of Sport at Newcastle University, Colin Blackburn, comments: “Newcastle University, Newcastle University Boat Club and the Centre for Physical Recreation and Sport are delighted that British Universities and Colleges Sport have awarded the hosting of the BUCS 4s and 8s Head for 2017 and 2018 to the Newcastle and Gateshead consortia of rowing clubs.

“This is testimony to the effort, hard work and partnership working that took place in 2016 to host such a successful BUCS Head on the Tyne in February 2016. We are delighted to host a national event on the iconic River Tyne.”

The BUCS Rowing Sport Advisory Group – chaired by Fiona Rennie – has contributed to the development of the Rowing 4s and 8s Head by evaluating the 2016 competition to form future considerations and improvements. The same event and relationships, it is thought, will make attaining event delivery goals altogether more achievable.

“I am excited for all associated with the BUCS Head that we will be heading back to the Tyne again in 2017 and 2018 – the three clubs were great hosts this year and the event provided a great experience for the students.

“I am especially pleased to have a University involved in the planning and hosting of the event and look forward to working more closely with friends and colleagues not just within the Boat Club at Newcastle but across the University,” says Fiona.

Simon Dobson, Chairman Tyne ARC, adds: “It is an honour to host the BUCS Head again. It is such a pleasure to welcome all those young athletes, from beginners to elite performers all together. They encapsulate the spirit of Tyne Rowing Club.”

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