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History

The greatest history. The most success.

Founded in 1818, the Club boasts an unsurpassed record in rowing achievements.

Our Members include heroes such as Sir Steve Redgrave, Sir Matthew Pinsent, James Cracknell, Debbie Flood and Steve Williams. So it’s no wonder that  Leander Club members have won more Olympic and World championship medals than any other single-sport Club world-wide.

1818 – Leander Club is founded on the Tideway

1831 – Leander defeats Oxford in a race from Hambleden Lock to Henley Bridge

1860 – Club moves to Putney

1866 – Club builds first boat house at Putney

1897 – Club purchases land in Henley on Thames and begins new Clubhouse construction

1908 – first Olympic medal won

1998 –  Membership is opened to women

Leander Club news

  • GB Non-Olympic and U23 Trials

    Leander athletes were on top of their game this week at Caversham, where the national training centre hosted the GB trials for this year’s Senior Non-Olympic and U23 world championships.

  • Lancaster Reading Volvo

    Leander Academy has negotiated an excellent support arrangement with Lancaster Reading Volvo that benefits both our athletes and our members.

  • Battlefields Tour

    Olympic champion Anna Watkins, who became Leander’s first-ever female gold medallist at London 2012, has pulled out of her attempt to make a spectacular come-back in time for the Rio Games.

  • GB Trials 2016

    Leander reasserted its position as the main feeder club for the GB international team at last year’s Olympic trials, where no less than 44 of the club’s athletes raced for places in Rio against just 5 for the next-placed club.

  • European Championships 2016

    Leander captain Alex Gregory has been announced in a new-look men’s four for next month’s European Championships, where half the GB team will be athletes from his own club.

  • Events

  • St George’s Dinner

    Our traditional Burns’ Night supper will include a four-course Scottish menu with a wee dram, the haggis will be ceremoniously piped in and the ode recited before the entertainment begins.

  • Row2Rio 2016

    Our Row2Rio events provide opportunities for Members and our corporate partners to support the Club’s international athletes as they train and race to achieve their Olympic dreams:

  • Book Group

    Our Book Group is now proving a great success and our next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday 27 April 2016 at 18.30, when discussion will centre around books by Roger McGough, Wilfred Owen, Harper Lee, and Claire Tomalin

  • Burns’ Night 2016

    Our traditional Burns’ Night supper will include a four-course Scottish menu with a wee dram, the haggis will be ceremoniously piped in and the ode recited before the entertainment begins.

  • Row2Rio 2016

    Our Row2Rio events provide opportunities for Members and our corporate partners to support the Club’s international athletes as they train and race to achieve their Olympic dreams:


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