The BMS Rowing Parents Support Group has been running for a number of years now, with the aim of creating the same sense of community amongst the parents of rowers that the rowers enjoy by being part of the Boathouse.

BMS Rowing Gazebo

Spectating at rowing events can involve long periods of waiting around for your son or daughter’s boat to appear. To help pass the time and keep the cold (and yes sometimes the rain and wind) at bay, the Parents Group set up a gazebo at events in Bedford offering hot drinks and somewhere to shelter. There is also a “sharing table” where parents will bring cakes and savouries to graze upon. For some reason this also attracts the rowers, I’ve been reliably informed by many a rower that the best way to replenish energy after a row is chocolate cake! I don’t think the nutritionists at GB Rowing would agree, but it does mean the rowers come and talk to us whilst refuelling.

Even when the weather is fair, the gazebo acts as a focal point for our support, generating the loudest cheers on the river for BMS boats as the row past.

For parents of rowers just starting out, the gazebo is also a place to chat to parents of older rowers to find out more about either the sport or the school boathouse.


Whilst we raise funds for the Boathouse, it is not our primary aims. However, we recognise that rowing is an expensive sport in which to participate so we do what we can to help out.

Last year the PSG donated a new Honours Board and a cox box to the Boathouse.

If you would like to get involved with BMSBC Parents’ Support Group then Iain McWilliams can be contacted via the BMSBC Contacts page.