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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.

Club Event Diary

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OxClean - 3rd and 4th March 2018

OxClean is an Oxford Civic Society initiative dedicated to keeping Oxford clean and tidy all year round – ensuring that our beautiful city is a welcoming and pleasant place for people to live, work and visit.

Falcon Rowers, Paddlers and Bankside Supporters are requested to help the OxClean Initiative on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th March by collecting as much river and bankside rubbish as possible during that time.

Falcon Coaches. Please encourage all your group members to participate.

Falcon’s allocated areas are:

a)    BANKSIDE The Falcon and Riverside sites (from Donnington Bridge to the stream border by the Sea Scouts).

b)    River Thames - Folly Bridge down river to Illfley Lock

c)    River Cherwell – Magdalen Bridge down river to University Boathouses on River Thames.

d)    Lasher above and away from the weirs – Longbridges-Swimming Pool areas only. Swimming Pool Picnic Areas.

OxClean have kindly supplied collection bags and will collect the rubbish if left in one of their bags and left in the carpark by the metal gate.


Sacks for recyclable items. Sacks for landfill items.

Please sort your waste into the correct sack before putting your tied or sealed sacks in the collection area.

Please will you and your friends actively get involved in Falcon RCC’s river clear up by aiming to fill at least one of OxClean’s Collection Bags during the weekend of 3rd and 4th March, tying the opening securely and then putting your filled bag in the carpark by the metal gate ready for collection.

Paddlers and rowers: whilst you are out on or near the rivers please can you collect as much litter as you safely can and bring it back to Falcon where you can put it in the appropriate bags, seal the bags and place them in the collection area.

A BIG thank you in advance to all who are able to participate in this event.



PS. PUBLICITY. If possible and with appropriate permission, please can you take photographs of Falcon members participating in the OxClean Initiative and then forward them to Nick Barnett or Grahame Nash as soon as possible after the event.

OxClean’s Essential Health, Safety and Welfare information.

Essential Information can be found on the OxClean webpage.

Please check out OxClean’s Information and Guidance noting for things you should be doing or thinking about.

Direct OxClean Information Links:


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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