The Friends of Abingdon School Boat Club

FASBC as it is known, was established to support the School Boat Club in every sense of the word. The membership is made up mainly of parents, but also OAs and former parents, keen to see the continuing success of the Club. The aim is promote rowing to the boys in the School, to encourage the boys to take up rowing, to raise funds to support the Club and to create a link between boys, coaches and parents.    

Abingdon School Boat Club is one of the most successful in the country, having won the “triple” in 2012. We like to think that FASBC have made an important contribution to that success, not least at Regattas, where the Abingdon tent is always well stocked with tea, cakes and good company. As well as this reputation for great hospitality, FASBC contributes significantly to the Boat Club through its fund raising. There are also a number of annual social events that unite parents, boys and coaching staff. To quote a former chair, it is “the best camaraderie I have ever witnessed amongst parents and supporters”.  

Over the years FASBC has raised funds for equipment to support the boat Club. The award winning Boathouse is a result of a parental initiative in 2003. In 2012 we raised £10,000 for a swingulator, which is in the back of the Boathouse.

To join in the fun with FASBC fill in the membership form or email

Welcome from the Chair of FASBC

Dear Parents, Old Abingdonians, Supporters and Boys

A very warm welcome to the Friends of Abingdon School Boat Club (FASBC) section of the website. FASBC was established over 25 years ago to support the Abingdon School Boat Club and its supporters. Its membership is made up of current parents, former parents and Old Abingdonians, keen to see the continuing success of the Club. The aim of the Club is to promote rowing in the School, to encourage the boys’ development, to raise funds to support the Club and to create a link between boys, coaches, OAs, parents and supporters. Rowing is unique in its ability to develop boys; both as individuals and as part of a team. With huge camaraderie both in the boathouse and on the water, rowing brings discipline through focused training and creates huge pride and drive in all that come into contact with it.

FASBC has made an important contribution to the many successes the Club has already achieved and will continue to achieve in the future. It contributes significantly through its support on the river bank, at Heads and Regattas, and through its fund raising. Funds are raised via Club membership, merchandise sales, the Annual Dinner, the Quiz evening and donations. FASBC has been raising funds since 1991 and has recently funded a ‘pair’, 8 Watt bikes and a new telemetry system. Some funds are also used to support the Regatta and Head events, where sweet and savoury snacks for parents, coaches, boys and OAs are available throughout the long days.

The ethos of the Club is teamwork, commitment, discipline and fitness, all dusted with a sprinkle of magic. The Club is so much more than just boys and boats and feels very much like a family, with everyone looking after each other. For the boys, inspiration and motivation come from many places: from the coaches, OAs who have gone on to represent their country and University, the 1st VIII, the coxes and the next crew to which the boys aspire. The team and individual spirit, having been imbued, lives on, with many OAs continuing to row after Abingdon or returning to row for Griffen, the OAs rowing club. FASBC is unstinting in its desire and support of the ethos of the Club and the coaches who put in so much effort and time. Reputations endure and it is not surprising that FASBC’s support and hospitality at rowing events is legendary. To quote a former chair, “it is the best camaraderie I have ever witnessed amongst parents, boys and supporters”.

I am both honoured and daunted to have become the new Chair and to have taken over the fantastic legacy and reputation of FASBC, but I am enthused by the opportunities that lie before the Club for the 2017 rowing season. There are some people that FASBC would like to thank: Mark Earnshaw, Ali Brown, Jonny Garrow and each and every coach who give up so much of their own time in support of the boys from Senior through to J14; Martin Iredale, an OA, for his continuing generosity to the Club; and to Nick Digby for leaving me such big shoes to fill! I also wish to thank the committee for all their hard work and for all the hours that they give to FASBC and finally, to all the kind parents who help us put up and take down the tents and provide us with scrummy treats, supplementing what FASBC supplies. The warmth and friendliness in our pink tent is palpable and the envy of many other schools and clubs.

If you would like to find out more or have any questions, please explore these webpages, or feel free to contact me. I hope to see you on a riverbank soon, and wish you an enjoyable time supporting your son and the Boat Club throughout the season and during their years at Abingdon.

Gail Aspland-Robinson
Chair FASBC 2016-2017

If you have any questions, please contact one of the committee or email and include your year-group so we can forward the mail if necessary to the appropriate year-group rep.

Chairman Gail Aspland-Robinson U6 07786 902553
Vice Chairman David Bermingham  J15 07754 909300
Secretary Su Wilmot J16 01235 553504
Master i/c Mark Earnshaw   07736 927633
Treasurer  Wendy Fry L6 07827 883039
Membership April Hall J16 01844 290204
Merchandise Gail Aspland-Robinson U6 07786 902553
  Jon Harris U6 01491 599265
  Susan Kinnier Wilson U6 01865 556887
  Amber Stammers J16 07710 718417
  Allison Dobson J16 07470 124413
  Viki Rundle J15 07879 644186
  Tracy Clark J15 07711 298427
  Helen Pearson J14 07795 486216
  Allie McNally J14 07917 300774

If you want to find out more about joining our team of ‘active helpers’ (who help share the workload with things like: fundraising activities, marquee erection at regattas, catering, etc.), we’d be delighted to hear from you. Don’t hesitate to email or call one of the committee.