University Of Nottingham Boat Club, Nottingham, NG2 5FA

Our Coaches

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Adrian Roberts

Head Coach

Adrian (Ade) Roberts started his coaching career right here at UoNBC after graduating from the University. During his time Ade became the head women’s squad coach where they equalled the course record for University Women’s 8’s at Henley Women’s Regatta, a record which stood for 21 years.
Ade soon moved on to become the Head Coach at Nottinghamshire County Rowing Association (NCRA) and then Nottingham Rowing Club’s (NRC) High-Performance Programme, under his leadership, it gained GB High-Performance Programme status.
In 2009 Ade became a High-Performance Coach for the senior GB rowing team during which time he coached the women’s squad, most notably the W4x which in 2010 gained a gold medal at the Senior World Rowing Championships and 4th at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Between 2013 and 2017 Ade continued his work as a High-Performance Coach working with GB Rowing Team Juniors including being a ‘Link Coach’ to University High-Performance Programmes, primarily Newcastle University.
In 2017 Ade became the lead coach for the GB Junior rowing team during which time he lead them to achieve their best-ever results.
Ade has a wealth of experience coaching crews at all levels, right up to the top where his crews regularly achieved medals at Senior, U23 and Junior World Championships from 1996 to 2018. He is really excited to help drive the club forwards over the coming years.

Peter Boyes

Senior Coach

Peter Boyes joined UoNBC in 2014 and has been a top member of the Performance Men’s Squad through his undergraduate, master’s and PhD qualifications. In 2021, he placed 5th in Championship Pair and 6th in Championship Coxless Four at BUCS Regatta, before qualifying for the Silver Goblets at Henley Royal Regatta. He was also the President of UoNBC for five consecutive years, transforming the club into what it is today.

Pete took on the role of lead intermediate coach in 2021 to experience a different side of the sport and share his knowledge with the club’s newer members. In 2022, Pete stepped up to become Head Coach, during which time he successfully coached crews to medals at the Metropolitan Regatta and oversaw one of the largest Henley Royal Regatta entries with 5 crews, 4 of which qualified, making UoNBC one of only 9 Universities to qualify 4 or more crews.

Pete has recently been accepted onto the British Rowing Performance Coach Development Programme and is looking forward to working closely with Ade to develop the program.

Matt Bell

Assistant Coach

David Watson

Novice Lead Coach

Dom Price

Novice Assistant Coach