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

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

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.

Wendy Fry
Chair and Treasurer of FASBC 2017-18

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.

Chair & Treasurer Wendy Fry U6 07827 883 039
Deputy Chair David Bermingham  J16 07754 909 300
Secretary Su Wilmot L6 01235 553 504 
Master i/c Mark Earnshaw   07736 927 633
Membership April Hall L6 01844 290 204
Merchandise Allison Dobson L6 07470 124 413
Communications Simon Peacock J15 07766 028 817
Logistics Erskil Jersing U6 07717 847 623
  Wendy Jersing U6 07768 406 501
Catering Leonie Salter U6 07977 411 357
  Amber Stammers L6 07710 718 417
  Richard Stammers L6 07785 342 428
  Tracy Clark J16 07711 298 427
Catering Viki Rundle J16 07879 644 186
  Allie McNally J15 07917 300 774
  Helen Pearson J15 07795 486 216
  Michelle Sinclair J14 07929 733 429
  Rosalind Parke J14 07886 133 781
  Grant Rogan J14 07785 303 163

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.

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