Welcome from the Chair of FASBC
Dear Parents, Old Abingdonians, Supporters and Boys
Welcome to the Friends of Abingdon School Boat Club (FASBC). We are the official supporters of the Abingdon School Boat Club (‘probably the best supporters club in the world’, to quote a respected coach!) We aim to support the boys, coaches and parents through the rowing season. For regattas, we’ll get there early to put up the marquee, provide hot and cold drinks, snacks and cakes, and generally provide a base for the whole day for a lot of loud cheering. If you are new to rowing we are here to help you support your son by sending out useful information in advance of events so you know what to expect.
The 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.
Funds are raised via Club membership, merchandise sales, the Annual Dinner in March, the Quiz evening in November and donations. FASBC has been raising funds since 1991 and has recently enabled a new eight to be purchased for the 3rd and 4th year boys.
I am honoured to have become the new Chair and to have taken over the fantastic legacy and reputation of FASBC, and I am excited by the opportunities that lie before the Club for the 2018 rowing season. There are some people that FASBC would in particular like to thank: Mark Earnshaw, Rory Copus, 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 Gail Aspland-Robinson, the outgoing chair, who devoted tremendous time and energy to the Club. I also wish to thank the committee for all their hard work and for 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 delicious cakes, supplementing the FASBC provisions.
I encourage you to come along to regattas: you will quickly see that the warmth, friendliness and volume of support generated from our pink tent is palpable and the envy of many other schools and clubs.
To join in the fun with FASBC fill in the membership form or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 a fabulous time supporting your son and the Boat Club throughout the season and during their years at Abingdon.
Chair and Treasurer of FASBC 2017-18