About Falcon


For many years the River Thames in Oxford has been used as a place of leisure and pleasure, activity and competition.

Falcon is one of the oldest rowing clubs in Oxford. Since its foundation in 1869, the Club has provided a place for locals to come together, make friendships, learn new skills and keep fit.  Nowadays we offer rowing, canoeing and kayaking to the residents of Oxford and beyond. We continue to be a thriving club with strong links to our local community. We aim to provide a safe and friendly environment for people to learn new boating skills, to train and compete or to just unwind and relax on the water. Our membership is open to all and the Falcon boathouse is a focal point for people of all ages and backgrounds to come together and enjoy the river.


Falcon was founded in 1869 making it 150 years old in 2019. A brief history of the club is attached.


You’ll find us just upstream of Donnington Bridge in East Oxford (postcode for satnav is OX4 4BJ), where most Saturday and Sunday mornings or weekday evenings you will find someone to chat to about rowing, kayaking or open canoeing.

Club Governance

Falcon Rowing and Canoeing Club is a community amateur sports club and a not-for-profit Comapny Limited by Guarantee. Day to day club management is the responsibility of the General Management Committee whereas the activities of the two separate sports are organised by the separate rowing and canoe/kayak sub-committees.

The Directors of the Falcon Rowing and Canoeing Club Ltd (Company Ltd by Guarantee - company number 10527396) are:

  • David Waters
  • Nick Barnett
  • Paul Munsey
  • Jo Bates
  • Jeff Bethray (Company Secretary)

Charitable Trust

The Falcon Rowing and Canoeing Club Charitable Trust (Charity no. 1062583) was registered in 1997. It is a seperate entity with the objective of providing assistance in the proviision of facilities for rowing and kayaking in East Oxford.