Since foundation in 1941 Cambridge University Women’s Boat Club (CUWBC) has become a world-class university boat club. The Club has a proud heritage of developing athletes from novice to elite and we have an impressive record of wins against Oxford. Through the CUWBC Foundation, we have just launched a new campaign to increase regular giving and we would like to ask you for your support. Our initial target is to raise an additional £25,000 per year to put the club on a more secure and sustainable financial footing, and we are asking each of our supporters to donate just £20 per month towards this goal.
So why are CUWBC fundraising now?
It is well known that CUWBC’s funding base is significantly greater than a decade ago, and we are hugely grateful for the support we have received from BNY Mellon and Newton Investment Management. Yet the future of sponsorship, particularly in the current difficult economic environment, is very uncertain. To ensure our athletes can maintain their ambitions and we can provide a sustainable world-class programme, we need to increase the CUWBC’s regular, recurring, financial support and reduce our reliance on sponsorship. We cannot afford to be complacent, and we do not wish to shrink our ambitions nor lose our status as a world-leading university boat club.
This fundraising campaign is about investing in the future, moving the club to a more secure and sustainable financial footing, and ensuring that whatever the external environment, Cambridge University Women’s Rowing continues to flourish. Our reason for choosing this, rather than any other form of giving, is because it has greatest positive impact on the long-term sustainability of the club’s finances. As part of this commitment, we intend that a minimum of 10% of our regular giving will be invested into an endowment for CUWBC, generating income for the long-term. Your support really can and will make an impact on our athletes.
If you prefer to give a one-off gift, this can be done to the Club’s unrestricted or capital funds below.
Women’s Boat Club (CUWBC) Unrestricted Fund
Every September over 60 women turn up at CUWBC to register to trial for the highest rowing honours in Cambridge. These young women follow in the footsteps of hundreds of others, with a desire to represent Cambridge in the historic Boat Races. CUWBC prepares three crews to compete against Oxford in the Boat Races: two Openweight Eights: The Blue Boat and Blondie our reserve crew, and a Lightweight Eight.
Blue Boat: Cambridge 41 wins v Oxford 30 wins
Blondie v Osiris: Cambridge 20 wins v Oxford 19 wins
Lightweights: Cambridge 18 wins v Oxford 16 wins
The Club needs further support to give the next generation of young women and men the experience of a lifetime and continue building on all the foundations of success put in place over the last 90 years!
CUWBC’s progress is down to every one of the students who have rowed and represented the Club (in our Blue Boat Blondie and Lightweight crews) and everyone else who has coached or helped us along the way.
Their determination to break down barriers and boundaries in the face of adversity paved the way for equality for today’s women at Cambridge. They have chosen to be part of an elite club at the forefront of women’s sporting performance, and although the kit and equipment might have changed, the spirit and drive has remained a force to be reckoned with. The crews that will line up at the Tideway and Henley in April follow in the footsteps of the pioneers of women’s sport.
CUWBC scholar athletes need a range of equipment to continue to win Boat Races. With access to stationary bikes, ergos, weights equipment, rowing boats and oars, our students develop their bodies and learn the fine technical skills to become Boat Race winners.