Thames Punting Club was formed in 1885 as a racing club. It is now no longer a racing club but functions as the sport’s governing body. Punting as a means of water travel has a long history in the United Kingdom and is now practiced recreationally on a number of rivers, being most obviously associated with Oxford and Cambridge universities. Punt racing, as a sport developed in the 1880s.
Thames Punting Club maintains lists of umpires and publishes a handbook containing rules and bye-laws for those organizing punt races on the Thames. Punting uses a complex system of Handicapping and the TPC sets the handicaps of individual punters.
The TPA organises the annual Thames Punting Championships.