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.
Chair FASBC 2016-2017