Devil's Elbow Junior Squads

11-14        15-18

Here at Devil's Elbow Junior Squad, we welcome everyone from experienced juniors to complete beginners (as long as you're under 18- if not then sorry, you'll have to join the men's or women's crews: you can find the links under squads) after all, we were all beginners once- some of us fairly recently too! If you just want to row for a bit of fun, or if you want to race, or if you've never rowed before and just want to see what happens, this is the Squad for you!

Who we are ....

Junior Blog

Hi, I’m Beth and I’m 14. I’ve been rowing since September 2012 at this club. I love rowing and I’m so glad that I started. It’s an enjoyable and challenging sport that can easily get your adrenaline going. Once I’d got my technique correct while on the water I was hooked, it’s a wonderful experience- even in snow! The people you row with and the club members really impact, in my opinion, how much you like rowing. Our club has sociable, friendly and welcoming people and I think that’s another reason I love it so much. Every time I row I improve on my technique due to the great coaching- on and off the water. I couldn’t think of a better sport to do! Once you start rowing you won’t want to stop. I also get the chance to cox which I really enjoy, especially when the boat picks up speed and you can motivate your crew. I’ve met new friends and even gained confidence thanks to rowing and the club. If you’re thinking of learning to row- don’t think just do it because you won’t regret it.


We currently have 11 juniors in total at the moment. We're always looking for new juniors who can create new crews so please contact us for details on how to join. 

Welbeck DSFC

We sometimes row and race with Welbeck Defence College Rowing Club who share facilities, boats and blades with us. This is a relationship we nurture and love to be part of. 


Trent Valley sailing club..... We share their facilities (club house, training place, same bit of river etc.) We share a lot of events with them to raise funds for both clubs. 

Social events

Christmas Party and Award Dinner

Summer Ball 

Junior Camp

Left-right: Lucy, Bridget, Vikki and Beth after racing at Burton and winning their first race together! 

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 Sam Leaney

Jess Dale

Guy Thompson


Lucy Joyce

Anna Carter


Lauren Church

Bridget Dale


Beth Jarvis

Jessica Adkin

Charlotte Hill

Vicki Thomas


Jordan Fearon-Lee


Sophia Blore

Ellie Westwood


Olivia Stevenson


Billy Greenwood





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Set junior crews currently

In the Junior section of the club, we currently have 3 set crews, with more to be formed when we get some new juniors up to speed for racing. 

W.Nov 4x+  Lucy, Bridget, Vikki and Beth

W.IM3 2x Vikki and Lucy

W.J15 2x Charlotte and Jess

What we get up to.... 

Junior Devils 11-14

Training Times- These vary throughout the year 

Tuesday - 4.30pm - 6.30pm  OR 6.30pm-8.30pm (General row)

Wednesday  6.30-8.30pm (General row, circuits or yoga)

Saturday 10am-12pm OR 8am-10am (General Row)

Older Juniors 15-18

Training Times

Tuesday 4.30pm - 6.30pm & 6.30pm - 8.30pm

Wednesday 6.30pm - 8.30pm

Saturday 10am-12pm (Depending on crews you may be asked to come down at 8am - 10am as well. Yes, we know it's early, no you can't complain about being tired)

Devil's Elbow Juniors

The blog to keep you up to date with all the happenings of the Devil's Elbow Rowing Club Junior Squad!

British Indoor Rowing Championships 2013

I travelled down to Cardiff on Friday night ready for the competition the next morning! This was the first time a Devils member has competed in an indoor event. I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect or what i had to do on arrival… the nerves were definitley building. When it was my time to marshall I was speaking to the other competitors who were too extremely scared even though most of them has competed in the past at an indoor event. Everyone there was really friendly and helpful which made the day all the more enjoyable! It was now my time to go to the ergo and warm up. SIT READY, ATTENTION, GO!! I was off, I just zoned out for the 5 minutes i was on the ergo, oblivious to the cheering around me!  It was only when i had 1:57 to go the pain started to kick in however i was determined to keep going. Half way through the race a camera man was in my face but this wasn’t my main focus however i did think about what facial expression i was pulling. The 5 minutes were over… i rolled off the ergo and got my breath back. I came 5th with a distance of 1245m. I was so proud to represent DERC at this event. Hopefully more devils will join me in the future competitions as it was an amazing experience!

The results:

Vikki xxx

Posted 236 weeks ago

Burton Head 2013 - First Win

For Devil’s Elbow Rowing Club, Burton Head was the first head race of the season. After a grand total of 0 outings as a crew, the ladies novice 4x+ (Bow: Beth, 3: Vikki, 2: Bridget, Stroke: Lucy, Cox: Nicola) set off on the 5km row to the start line. Due to high winds and a fast current, the row to the start line took forever, but we eventually made it. Due to the winds, we were unable to get anywhere near to the bank to wait for our turn to row, so had to sit in the middle of the river with two people rowing at all times just to keep us in the same place! It was eventually our turn to race, so we spun the boat and set off down the 3500m course, for Vikki, Beth and Lucy’s first ever head race. We set off first, with our rivals Trent and Leicester setting off behind us. We felt we had a strong row, and guessed we had maybe come second, which we were happy with for a scratch crew rowing together for the first time. At the results announcement, we were all completely shocked to find that we’d actually won! We were all so happy, and have since decided to train properly in the quad, with hopefully some more wins to come :)

Posted 238 weeks ago

St Neots Regatta 2013

So after only 3 training sessions in the double, Lauren and I were off to race it in St Neots in Cambridge. Both of us were very nervous, and rowing up to the start line began to notice some problems with feathering our blades. Even so, we rowed up to the line and prepared to begin our first ever race in the double.

We had a great start and got the boat moving right away, and could even see the other crew (Leeds) in front of us. All was going well until 300m down the course, when we began to encounter some real difficulties with gates jamming making it difficult to enter the water square. This was resulting in a few small crabs but nothing we couldn’t deal with. We were halfway down the course, about to turn the corner when suddenly we found ourselves in the water! We’d capsized! We swam the boat over to the bank and were shortly joined by two safety boats, who wanted to tow us back to the start line. Determined to finish the race, we jumped back in the boat (which by this point had 4 inches of water in it!) and began to row it back. We tried loosening our gates to make it easier to feather the rest of the way, and rowed the best we could with so much water sloshing around in the bottom of the boat.

So it wasn’t a great race, but it was our first doubles race with so little training. Despite everything it was a great weekend, and hopefully our next doubles race will go a bit better!

Lucy xx

Posted 255 weeks ago

Coronation 60th Anniversary Regatta 2013

So, just a week after our mishap at Trentham, we were off down to Windsor Castle to row for the queen. We made sure the rudder was centred to avoid a repeat of Trentham and set off for the 1km row up to the start. After another good start we were making good progress down the 1000m sprint, although were losing to Ross Rowing Club. Halfway down the course, a crab was caught slowing us down for a few seconds. We didn’t let it affect us, and we finished the race anyway. 

It was a great experience for all, and a brilliant way to spend the weekend as a crew!

Posted 256 weeks ago

Trentham Regatta 2013

The J16 quad crew (Stroke: Bridget, 3 seat: Anna, 2 seat: Lucy, Bow: Lauren) went to Trentham Regatta, near Stoke for our first ever race as a crew. We were all really excited and even got matching hair ribbons for the occasion. After a slightly shaky row up to the start line (by this point I was sure there was something wrong with the boat) we took our places beside the other crew (AB Severn) and told we had 3 minutes until the start of the race, but after 30 seconds the umpire seemed to change his mind. Before we knew it, he had called ‘sit forward to row’ and we were about to begin our first ever race as a crew. After a good solid start, halfway down the 750m metre course we began to notice the buoys were on the wrong side and we were out of lane. Despite my best efforts to steer the boat back into lane and away from the impending island, it was no use and we crashed the bow straight into a tree. After a few strange looks from the guys in the safety launch, we got ourselves back on track, and rowed the rest of the race probably the best we’d ever done. We finished the race and were relieved to hear the ending bell. We’d survived our first race (just!!) 

However, a later check of the boat revealed that the rudder had, in fact, been very far off center for the entire race (so it wasn't just that I was rubbish! Well, maybe a bit) and the crew were slightly more pleased that the mishap wasn’t entirely our fault. 

We were glad the pressure of the first race was over and we hoped for a better race next time!!!

Lauren x

Posted 256 weeks ago

Useful Docs for Juniors and Parents 

DERC Junior Membership Form 2013-2.docx DERC Junior Membership Form 2013-2.docx
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DERC parent,social Member Form.docx DERC parent,social Member Form.docx
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Surrival guide for Parents.docx Surrival guide for Parents.docx
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Junior Handbook for Junior Devils.docx Junior Handbook for Junior Devils.docx
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Code_of_practice_for_parents_or_carers.doc Code_of_practice_for_parents_or_carers.doc
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How to join.... 

How to become a Junior Devil

There are two ways to become a junior rower at Devil's Elbow:

1) Join one of our learn to row schemes which we run biannually. Learn to row normally costs £65 for 7/8 coached lessons, after which you will know basic technique, safety and regulations surrounding rowing

2) If you wish to try rowing when we aren't running a learn to row scheme, you can attend 4 sessions costing £25 including a handbook. After your 4 lessons you must decide whether you want to join Devil's Elbow or if rowing isn't for you. 

If you are under 16, you will need a parent or guardian to become a support/volunteer member of Devil's Elbow as well. This costs £14 per year. Junior Membership is currently set at £84. Family membership is £210, for more details visit the membership page.

Due to our club being run by volunteers, we take payments through BACS to save precious volunteer time. If you are unable to use BACS, payment can be made into any Barclays Bank using the same payment details as BACS. The code or this can be found on the membership form. 

You will also be required to become a gold member of British Rowing. This is free for the first year if you are under 14, or costs £24 for 15-18 year olds. You can become a member of British Rowing by clicking here. Parent members are encouraged to have silver membership as volunteers. 

In order to race, you will need to purchase an all-in-one from Godfrey Sports. This can be found here:  We open order windows with Godfreys which allows you to get the all-in-one or any other kit for a reduced price for the club ordering in bulk. Talk to your captain (Lauren for juniors) or coach (Julie) about opening an order window. 

Every member of Devil's Elbow must complete a capsize and swim drill. This usually takes place at Welbeck Defence Sixth Form College, and you must pass before or just after you join our club. You will be told when you should attend your capsize drill. If you can not attend or pass, you will be required to row in a life jacket at all times, this is not the norm and can hinder your rowing career. 

Clothing Requirements:

- Swimming costume/trucks
- Tracksuit bottoms
- Leggings
- Sweatshirt


1.       Demonstrate the ability to "Tread water" for 2 minutes.

2.       Demonstrate the ability to swim 100 meters (4 lengths, at least 2 of which on the back "life-saving style") of the pool wearing swimming costume, leggings and a "T" shirt. The first 5 meters of this swim MUST be underwater

3.       Be shown the procedure of capsizing a sculling boat in the pool, firstly without the blades in and then with the blades in. (This process is to demonstrate to the athlete how easy it is to capsize a boat without blades in and thereafter how almost impossible it is to capsize with blades in so long as a basic set of rules is adhered to!

4.       Be shown the procedure required, after a capsize, to get back into the boat. 

Where to find out more.... 

British Rowing is our governing body which regulates us, makes the rules for racing etc, pretty important lot of people. They also produce the magazine you will receive as a British Rowing member. 

NEW Go Row Junior Handbook - all juniors will be given a copy on their L2R course or taster sessions.

There is a RowActiv app available free for iPhone users on the app store. It was created by British Rowing and provides exercises for varying fitness levels, as well as other interesting features. We'd recommend it!!!


Our DERC website - have a look around, familiarise yourself with the Safety Documents, our history, news pages etc.  

Your Coaches and Junior Captain are there to talk to about rowing. Your Welfare Officer is there to talk to about any problems you may have. Our Safeguarding policy is their to protect you and vunerable adults. 

And this is how not to push off from a landing stage...

And try to have fun! Oar else... ;)

Here we're going to have submissions of our juniors' favourite jokes.