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 membership.fasbc@gmail.com.

Welcome from the Chair of FASBC

Dear Parents, Old Abingdonians, Supporters and Boys

A warm welcome to the Friends of Abingdon School Boat Club (FASBC) the official supporters group for the Abingdon School Boat Club. 

FASBC was established over 25 years ago to support the Abingdon School Boat Club. Its membership is made up of current and former parents, as well as Old Abingdonians, all of whom are passionate about supporting the Club.

We raise funds via membership fees, merchandise sales, an Annual Dinner in March, a Quiz and Curry evening in November and donations. Over the years we have supported the purchase of boats, telemetry, oars, exercise equipment and much more which have helped provide the boys with the best possible opportunity to reach their potential.

You will see us at every major Head race and Regatta throughout the season providing a friendly base to support the boys, coaches and parents as well as OAs. At regattas, we get there early to put up the marquee and provide refreshments throughout the day.  You will not fail to miss our large marquee or our smaller pop-up with their distinctive cerise and white livery. We have an active Twitter feed @FASBCabingdon providing parents with practical information on every rowing event.

Whenever we come together at events we quickly generate an environment of warmth and encouragement. So please join us to continue the tradition of friendliness and supportive cheering for all the Boat Club rowers. 

Of course we could not possibly provide the level of support we do without the commitment and dedication of the FASBC Committee and other rowing parents. I am honoured to have become the Chair of the FASBC Committee and I look forward to ensuring that the FASBC continues to provide the practical support to the Boat Club and its incredibly hardworking coaches and staff.

I encourage you to join us as members of FASBC by filling in a membership form or emailing membership.fasbc@gmail.com.  If you have any questions please email Membership or myself on fasbc@abingdon.org.uk.

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.

Matthew Hall
Chairman, FASBC 2018-19

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

Chair  Matthew Hall U6 fasbc@abingdon.org.uk
Deputy Chair David Bermingham  L6  
Secretary Viki Rundle L6  
Master i/c Mark Earnshaw   mark.earnshaw@abingdon.org.uk
Membership Michelle Sinclair J15 membership.fasbc@gmail.com
Treasurer Wendy Fry J16  
Merchandise Allison Dobson U6 merchandise.fasbc@gmail.com
Merchandise Tracy Clark L6  
Communications Simon Peacock J16 communications.fasbc@gmail.com
Catering Allie McNally J16  
Catering April Hall U6  
Year Rep Sharon Collins J15  
Year Rep Simon McConnell L6  
Year Rep Yvette McNamara J16  
Year Rep Louise Schilizzi J14  
Year Rep Penny Daly J14  
 

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 us: fasbc@abingdon.org.uk

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