Worcester Dragon Boat Racing Club is a competitive sports club with a strong social and community ethos…
so the old saying of ‘work hard, play hard’ applies!
Worcester is one of the busiest centres for dragon boat racing in the UK. The club race in the BDA National League and will race as many crews as the membership can support, so why not come along and get involved! Anyone over the age of 11 is most welcome, whether a beginner or experienced paddler.
Dragon Boat Racing is the biggest participation sport in the world, bigger even than soccer. Countries from five continents took part in
the 2003 World Nations Championships in Poznan. Great Britain enters all three divisions in international competition, Junior (18 and Under), Premier and Senior
(40 and over). In the Premier and Senior divisions there are Ladies and Open crews, with a combination of both competing as a mixed crew. On the World stage,
Great Britian’s dragonboat racing crews have showed that they are highly competitive, winning medals at all levels of competition in recent years.
In the UK there are numerous Dragon Boat events, many for charity, raising thousands of pounds. There is also a National League with two divisions, Premier and Standard, run by the British Dragon Boat Association.
Dragon Boating is a great way to get fit, keep fit, have fun and make new friends. Check out the video below which shows footage of a competitive 450m race in Exeter in June 2018.
Join us for a paddle any Sunday morning throughout the year, 9:30 for 10:00 on the water, and Wednesday and Thursday evenings (March – September) 6:30 for 7:00 on the water, at our club house. We train by Worcestershire County Cricket Club adjacent to the RNIB steps on Bromwich Parade, just downstream from the road bridge.
As a club we race all over the country. Whilst we adhere to a crew selection document in order to be as competitive as possible,
it is just as important to us that as many people as possible have the opportunity to race. We are currently mainly competing in
the BDA mixed league (10 Male paddlers, 10 female paddlers). We also run a ladies crew. All points won from all races are added up,
so every crew counts!
To find out more about the BDA, including current league standings and future race dates, you can visit the BDA website HERE
We love welcoming new people, like you, to come along to look at a sport we all enjoy, and experience it for yourself by getting in a boat
to try it. It’s a fantastic way of getting fit, meeting new people (and making new friends), learning some great skills and challenging yourself.
Everyone in WDBRC supports fellow paddlers as they learn and hone their new abilities to paddle. With young people particularly, we take immense pride in seeing them develop as individuals, feel proud of their personal achievements and the contribution they make to the club’s success.
Club membership fees are:
£75 – Adult Individual
£35 – Junior/Concession Individual
£10 – Social membership
After that there is a fee for racing at events to cover costs. You will also need membership of the British Dragon Boat Racing Association
If you wish to become a member of Worcester Dragons you will need to complete a Worcester Dragons Membership Form. Don’t worry though, you are quite welcome to come and join us to see if dragon boating is for you before committing to become a member see here for further details.
A Parental Consent Form is required for all under 18 paddlers.
If you choose to come racing with us at any events within the national league and cup then membership of the BDA is required. To become a member you will need to complete a BDA Membership form.
All of the above mentioned forms can be accessed using the links below...
Race the Dragon, our annual dragon boat charity regatta, took place on Sunday 1st July 2018. We had 36 crews racing this year, and, as always,
a fantastic day was had by all! It was an exciting and entertaining race day as hundreds came down and saw the world’s fastest
growing water sport in action. Maybe you could be involved next year...
Check back here soon for details of Race The Dragon 2019, taking place on 7th July, or for more information contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below, you'll find a small collection of photos from 2018's Race The Dragon. You can see many more in the RTD 2018 gallery on our Facebook page HERE.
The regatta always supports a locally based charity. 2018's event was in support of Worcester Snoezelen,
a multi sensory leisure therapy centre for people of all ages who have disabilities and additional needs. Check out the
amazing opportunities they provide here.
2017’s regatta supported Onside, a local charity that provides a range of support for adults who may be vulnerable or disadvantaged. You can find out more info by checking out their website- www.onside-advocacy.org.uk. In the recent past we have supported Malvern Special Families, Worcestershire Parent and Carers’ Council, Noah’s Ark, The Acorns Children’s Hospice, Chiron Volunteer Ambulance, Motor Neurone Disease Association and we have supported local special schools and other organisations for young people.
If you would like to find out more about Race The Dragon, please contact the Regatta Coordinator.
If you are interested in arranging a corporate team building event, or have a social or community group that would like to have some time on the water, please get in touch. We would be delighted to talk through what you’re hoping to take away from your dragon boating experience.
Here you can take a look at some of our dragon boating action shots from over the years. You can view any image in the gallery by simply clicking on it. Then, simply click anywhere on the screen to close it.
Below you can find a list our committee members. Each of them can be contacted directly by email by clicking the 'Email' button under their name