De Montfort University Rowing Club is the rowing club of De Montfort University, is situated on the city canalised section of the River Soar. The club was founded in 1992 when Leicester Polytechnic changed to De Montfort University during the Further and Higher Education Act 1992. DMURC has fluctuated in size through its years standing at about 80-90 members, in 2007 the club size was at about 25-30 members and has been growing since; because of this increase in size the club has had to add new positions to its committee to help cope with the enlarged numbers. These include vice captains for the freshers captains positions in 2010 and a head of coxswains position in 2011. There have always been senior captains, fresher captains, social secretaries and head positions in the club; the club has always had a close association with both Leicester Rowing Club and its University rival the University of Leicester Boat Club. A report from 1997 states that De Montfort University contributed £10,000 of partnership funding towards the building of Leicester Rowing Clubs boathouse, this gave the opportunity for the University to store 4 coxed fours and one coxed eight for their squads to use.
There have been DMURC / Leicester RC composite boats in the past but these haven't materialised in recent years, although many of Leicester's members are ex-DMURC, migrating to the club after graduating. In the future the club plans to continue to grow acquiring more support each year from DMU Athletics Union due to improving success and progression. There are a few annual regattas that the rowing club has frequented over the last 10 years, these include Monmouth Regatta, BUCS Regatta, Peterborough Regatta, Ironbridge Regatta and Shrewsbury Regatta where the freshers are "welcomed" into the club. In past years the club has been to GBR Regatta, Metropolitan Regatta and St Neots Regatta, as well as many others. Shrewsbury Regatta - The club has competed at Shrewsbury Regatta for nearly 10 years and DMURC have a close relationship with Pengwern Boat Club who organise the regatta. Monmouth Regatta - Most years DMURC make an appearance at Monmouth Regatta BUCS Regatta - DMURC competes at the British Universities Regatta every year, entering freshers and seniors.
Notable performances over the last few years include a beginner women's coxed four reaching the semi finals in 2012 and an intermediate men's coxed four reaching the semi finals in 2009 DMURC have recently competed at BUCS indoor regional championships. Peterborough Regatta Ironbridge Regatta - DMURC has participated at this regatta on and off for the last 8–9 years; the Old Blades Club started in November 2012 to accommodate any past member of the club and provide a platform to meet up at social and rowing events after University. Previous to this club there has been a collective of old boy's who have annually graced the holiday parks of Butlins and met up in Leicester and London. DMURC has had many different styles of kit over the years, ranging from tech tops to all in ones. Not only have the garments themselves changed but the colours. Post 2002 the colours have been consistently: main, Navy / secondary, Red & White; the DMURC blade colours follow the all in one design through the years it has progressed.
Prior to 2002 the club blades have been seen in photo’s at Holme Pierrepont in a solid purple colour, the same as the first all in one. It is presumed that the change from purple and white to navy and white was made because there were a few other clubs with the same colours including Durham University Boat Club, University of London Boat Club and Reading University Boat Club; the club changed the blade colours to navy with a red tip. As the students were painting the blades themselves this was a practical design as the colours were easy to get hold of and the design could be replicated without difficulty; the club raced with these blades until late 2009 when Louis Watson, Phil Reilly and Joe Brunton decided to re-paint the main set of oars but changed the red tip to red and white squares to match the all in one design, these are the blade colours the club races with today. DMURC Student Union page DMURC British Rowing profile
Wimbledon Cricket Club Ground is a cricket ground in Wimbledon, London. The ground is located opposite the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, famous for hosting the Wimbledon Championships; the first recorded match on the ground was in 1891. In constant use from 1891 to the present day, the ground has hosted several Second XI Championship fixtures for the Surrey Second XI; the ground has held a single List-A match, which came in the 1999 NatWest Trophy and was between the Surrey Cricket Board and Cheshire. In local domestic cricket, the venue is the home ground of Wimbledon Cricket Club who play in the Surrey Championship; the club has used the ground since 1854. Wimbledon Cricket Club Ground on CricketArchive Wimbledon Cricket Club Ground on Cricinfo