The Windsor Boys' School Boat Club

Registered Charity Number 1168477

Total raised
£4895.00 + £1160.00 Gift Aid = £6055.00
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+ £0.00 Gift Aid
Donations
£4895.00
+ £1160.00 Gift Aid

About The Windsor Boys' School Boat Club

Rowing is the school’s flagship sport which is incredibly rare for a state comprehensive school. Despite the school’s status it is blessed with a host of national champions, and international representatives as well as host of well qualified and dedicated coaches.


All of the boys at the school are given the opportunity to row. They start in year 9 with a simple capsize drill and swim test before developing their sculling skills on the River Thames throughout the whole of year 9 and 10. Racing comes thick and fast in the summer and the aim is to get as many boys as possible up to a racing standard.


Gym sessions from 7am during the winter and early morning sessions on the river during the summer months mean that the boys’ skills develop quickly. As boys move into year 11, the training increases and the targets get higher with representational honors on the cards.


The system at Windsor Boys‘ is progressive, and hopefully by the time boys reach the 6th Form their skills will be highly proficient, and with a really good understanding of what it takes to perform to a high level as an athlete. For those who don‘t quite make the lofty heights of representing their country there are still plenty of opportunities to enjoy the benefits of being a rower, including a very active racing program across all the year groups, and of course all the health benefits that come with a high level of fitness.

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<p><span style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">It’s all about margin gains.</span></p><p><span style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">In 2017 I was fortunate to witness the result of years of dedication, passion and pursuit of success when The Windsor Boys’ School Boat Club Quad became winners of the Fawley Challenge Cup for the first time in 20 years.</span></p><p><span style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">&nbsp;</span></p><p><strong style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">I want to see them do again this year and I’d love you to help us in supporting them.&nbsp;</strong></p><p><span style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">To give you some context the finalists of the fawley often go on to Great Britain representation competing at&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(31, 73, 125);">W</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">orld and Olympic standard.</span></p><p><span style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">&nbsp;</span></p><ul><li><span style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">These school boys are elite athletes but they need our support.</span></li></ul><p><span style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">&nbsp;</span></p><ul><li><span style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">Henley Regatta is now streamed globally via BT Sport and YouTube.</span></li></ul><p><span style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">&nbsp;</span></p><ul><li><span style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">Stand proud and support the school you know so well.</span></li></ul><p><span style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">&nbsp;</span></p><ul><li><span style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">While boys train in a high performance environment they are also expected to achieve and meet high academic standards.</span></li></ul><p><span style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">Every choice they make from the food they eat, the amount of sleep they get, how often they train etc etc matters.</span></p><p><span style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">Many schools and clubs up and down the UK could argue the same. </span><em style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">(I’m bias I’ve rarely seen people outwork Windsor)</em><span style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); color: rgb(34, 34, 34);"> but many of this operations do have better equipment, better boats, boathouses etc</span></p><p><span style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">Yet we still win.</span></p><p><br></p><p><strong style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">Why help them?</strong></p><p><span style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">Time has moved forward and everybody has raised their standards and for a club to retain the&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(31, 73, 125);">F</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">awley&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(31, 73, 125);">C</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">up they need to make margin gains to give them seconds and hundreds of seconds over their competitors.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">A reminder of the win against Leander last year only highlights the importance of this. Windsor came back from behind and won by only 2 feet! See below.</span></p><p><span style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">Saturday –&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PS2Bkrz4EuY" target="_blank" style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); color: rgb(17, 85, 204);">Windsor beat Leander</a><span style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">&nbsp;verdict; two feet.&nbsp;Hair-raising final two hundred!&nbsp;Windsor trail Leander for most of the course but stay composed and push through from behind to win.</span></p><p><span style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">This is why we ask asking you to support Windsor Boys' Schools Boatclub to increases their chances of winning this year with a donation to some high performance equipment to gain those marginal gains.</span></p><p><span style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">The doctrine of&nbsp;</span><strong style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">marginal gains</strong><span style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">&nbsp;is all about small incremental improvements in any process adding up to a significant improvement when they are all added together. It is perhaps most easy to understand by considering the approach of Sir Dave Brailsford who applied this to the British Cycling team who became the best cycling team in the world.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">Brailsford believed that if it was possible to make a 1% improvement in a whole host of areas, the cumulative gains would end up being hugely significant.</span></p><p><span style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">&nbsp;</span></p><p><strong style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">After a visit at the school recently I asked Mark Wilkinson Old Windsorian and director of Rowing what he is doing to win this year.</strong><span style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">&nbsp;</span><em style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">(Mark like Chris Morrell before him is proud and doesn’t ask for anything)</em></p><p><em style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">&nbsp;</em></p><p><span style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">He said we have had a great winter, our training camps are going well and the quad is performing well but we are stretched. Other clubs have more money and are now using precision equipment to set up the boats for optimum speed. We need to keep an edge and level the playing field.</span></p><p><span style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">&nbsp;</span></p><p>PowerLine Rowing Instrumentation and Telemetry</p><p>The ultimate analysis tool for coaches and athletes</p><p class="ql-align-justify">This is basically a load of sensors that go on the boat to analyse every detail allowing a really in depth analysis of exactly what the crew is doing and how they might improve.</p><p><span style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">&nbsp;</span></p><p><strong style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">The equipment is only £6000. This is a cause that I absolutely believe Old Windsorians and friends of the Windsor community should get behind.</strong></p><p><span style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">Come on Windsor.</span></p><p><span style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">Windsor , Windsor , Windsor</span></p><p><span style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">UNO Animo</span></p><p><span style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">Good luck boys.</span></p><p><br></p><p>Written by James Ski , Alumni Lead and Friends</p>

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