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Are you looking to start rowing, canoeing or kayaking? 

Falcon Rowing and Canoeing Club provides the opportunity for people of all ages to enjoy the river and benefit from its place in our community.

Visit the Contacts page for more information on who to contact and how to get involved!

About Falcon

For many years the River Thames in Oxford has been used as a place of leisure and pleasure, activity and competition.

Falcon is one of the oldest rowing clubs in Oxford. Since its foundation in 1869, the Club has provided a place for locals to come together, make friendships, learn new skills and keep fit.  Nowadays we offer rowing, canoeing and kayaking to the residents of Oxford and beyond. We continue to be a thriving club with strong links to our local community. We aim to provide a safe and friendly environment for people to learn new boating skills, to train and compete or to just unwind and relax on the water. Our membership is open to all and the Falcon boathouse is a focal point for people of all ages and backgrounds to come together and enjoy the river

You’ll find us just upstream of Donnington Bridge in East Oxford (postcode for satnav is OX4 4BJ), where most Saturday and Sunday mornings or weekday evenings you will find someone to chat to about rowing, kayaking or open canoeing.


Stay safe around the water – Don’t Drink and Drown campaign launched

Members of Falcon Canoe and Kayak Club are asked to support a new campaign promoting safety around the water this festive period, being aware of the risks posed by the river and being responsible when drinking.

Each year, there are water safety incidents – some have led to tragic loss of life or serious injury.

All members are asked to stay safe around the river – particularly if you are holding socials in the club houses.
Drink responsibly, never enter the water after drinking and look out for your friends. 

You can also play your part in keeping others safe. If you are out on the water or at the rowing club, be aware of those around you on the towpath. You may be the only people in the area, you may see someone who is vulnerable or even be required to help in an emergency, dialling 999 and ask for the Fire and Rescue Service.

The campaign is run by the Oxford Water Safety Group, a partnership led by the City Council and including representatives from Thames Valley Police, South Central Ambulance Service, Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service, the Environment Agency and Canal and River Trust.

Councillor Tom Hayes, Oxford City Council’s lead for a safer Oxford, said: 
“The run-up to Christmas is a time to socialise with colleagues and friends, particularly in our city centre and the many pubs, clubs and restaurants – but let’s do so safely.
“We have fantastic waterways, but they do pose a danger, particularly when alcohol is involved.
“Have fun, but be aware of the risks – choose your route home carefully and take care. Never be tempted to jump from bridges or enter the water, be responsible for yourself and look after your friends.”


Kayaking 4 Schools Program 2018

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Enya Dale wins the Oxfordshire Junior Sportswoman of the Year 2017 Award

Falcon paddler Enya Dale has been named as Oxfordshire’s junior sportswoman of the year for 2017.

Enya took the honour after an excellent year in sprint kayak winning three international medals, including double bronze at the European Youth Olympic Festival in Hungary last August.

The Oxfordshire Sports Awards, held at the Kassam Stadium, was a great opportunity to celebrate individuals, teams, coaches, schools, volunteers and unsung heroes across 15 award categories. 

Congratulations to Enya on the award.


New Clubhouse

Our current building has served us well for many years but it is now very old and is not going to provide for what we want in the future. Our aim is to provide a better environment for our existing members and somewhere that will help attract new members.

Having consulted the whole club membership via a questionnaire the clear message is that we need:

  • better changing room/shower facilities
  • improved social space for people to meet
  • more space for boat storage
  • expanded and better space for gym and fitness training

We have been faced with a couple of options - either to renovate the exisiting boathouse or to build something new. Following several years of patching up and making do with what we have we have now decided we need a new build. A new clubhouse committee has been drawn from across the club to work on all aspects of bringing a new clubhouse into fruition. We have negotiated a new extended lease with Oxford City Council and the process of finalising a design and applying for planning permission is underway. We were previously successful getting planning permission but unfortunately that expired before we were able to raise sufficient funds. This time we're determined to get the funding in place and to make the project a reality! We've made a good start through a combination of generous donations, pledges and small grants. However, we need to raise more if we are to build the facility that Falcon deserves and to allow us to meet our expectations for the future.

We can't do this without your help: read more here

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