Fitzwilliam has a number of sports clubs. Information on this page comes from the Alternative Prospectus, written by Fitz students. For more information contact the Fitzwilliam JMA (Junior Members' Association).
Football - Men's
The Football Club is the largest of Fitz’s sports clubs. It is one of the best in the University, coming second in the first division in 2011 and winning Cuppers in 2012. Fitz’s 2nd team is the highest placed 2nd team in the league (now in the second division), demonstrating the traditional depth and strength of Fitz football. The 3rd team is for those who don’t want to have to run quite so hard but still have a regular game.
Football - Women's
Football is the largest women’s sport in Fitz and the majority start as complete beginners. It’s a great mix of relaxed joviality and a good dose of healthy competitiveness. The teams have weekly league or friendly matches and training.
Rugby Union - Men's
At Fitz the men's rugby team is very friendly and relaxed. Players of any level, from complete beginners to accomplished players, are all welcome to join in. The team trains on Saturday afternoons and plays on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The rugby club is a great way to relax during term and also has an excellent social life. To get involved in rugby all you need to do is come to the Fitz Fresher’s fair and sign up with us. We also go on tour, last year to Dublin.
Rugby Union - Women's
Women's rugby is a rapidly growing sport. The Fitz team is friendly and fun, so there is room for those who take it seriously as well as those who just want a laugh. No experience is necessary, and it's easy to pick up...
Hockey - Men's
The hockey club has had a mixed couple of years but now is back on track. They play once or twice a week on AstroTurf and grass. The standard varies from pretty good to complete beginners. If you’re a seasoned pro or someone who just fancies playing in a relaxed, friendly team, then turn-up and enjoy.
Hockey - Women's
The hockey club caters for the full range of talents and levels of commitment. They play matches most Sundays, and hold relaxed practices for anyone who can make them. Matches are arranged on the nearby university Astroturf whenever possible or played on Fitz’s grass turf at Oxford Road. The club teams up with the men to play mixed friendlies and Cuppers matches.
Fitzwilliam College Boat Club (FCBC)
Fitz Boat Club aims to put out three men’s and three women’s novice crews. Each boat contains eight people plus a cox (who steers), and is coached by senior members of the club. Your crew will train together and enter races throughout the year, as well as attending socials with the other crews you crash into on the river. It is a great way to meet people, and, if that isn’t enough persuasion, there are the infamous Boat Club Cocktail Parties and Dinners to look forward to.
The Cricket Club plays fixtures throughout the Easter term, scheduled around exams. They can make an excellent break from work—the team has a great spirit. As there is no inter-collegiate cricket league the club plays a range of ‘friendly’ fixtures against other colleges, local and touring teams. The standard of the team and the opposition varies, so everyone has a chance to shine. Nets take place at the start of Lent term and will be rigorously observed for the slightest hint of hand-eye co-ordination.
The 3rd term sees both the Men’s and Ladies’ teams playing league and Cuppers matches. All matches are played on grass courts, which is a bonus as the chance is normally rare - make the most of it! Oxford Road has three grass courts in the summer term for everyone in College to use. Fitz tennis is friendly and of a reasonable standard, but the emphasis is more on giving everyone who wants a game the chance to do their bit for College.
Fitz has its very own badminton court and a friendly club running weekly practices. All standards of players are welcome, and you can come along as often as you wish. Each year, Fitz enters both Men’s and Ladies’ doubles teams into the intercollegiate leagues, as well as entering Cuppers.
Fitzwilliam boasts three squash courts on site, which are available for all to use. There is an informal "squash ladder" - a system for organizing friendly games between squash players at Fitz. All standards are welcome. In addition, we put out both Men’s and Ladies’ teams for the intercollegiate leagues and for Cuppers. Matches are arranged for times mutually convenient for the players involved (usually about one per week).
The basketball team is open to men and women of all standards. We play weekly matches at Kelsey Kerridge Sports Centre, and are hoping to build on good performances in both the League and Cup in recent years, so with a good intake of Freshers we can keep our eyes set on victory.
Fitz Netball Club is building on an impressive league and Cuppers record. The season runs from October to March, with a joint practice / training session on Sunday, and one or two lunchtime matches during the week. You don’t need to have played before - everyone is welcome. Mixed cuppers continues to be popular.
Fitz is one of the best colleges for table tennis. Its three teams consistently perform well in the intercollegiate leagues. The standard of play is high, but the team is always on the lookout to involve more players.
Fitz Cross Country team was revived recently, and has been very successful. There are two races in each of the first two terms, one of 5 miles (3 for women) And a relay of 2-2.5 miles per leg. The Intercollegiate Race in November also serves as trials for Varsity. Fitz has also been successful in the intercollegiate athletics match. We always enter a big team, and anyone who has ever done a long jump is welcome in the team.
Ultimate Frisbee is a fast-moving team game that is something of cross between netball and American football (non-contact) played with a round piece of plastic. It’s one of the fastest growing sports in the UK and also one of the few that men and women play together at every level. Cambridge has plenty of Ultimate Frisbee games going on, with a healthy, fun and casual college league that plays throughout the year. Your college team, The New Thundercatz, represent seven colleges (St Catharine’s, Trinity Hall, Murray Edwards, Fitzwilliam, Girton, Caius and Magdalene) so it's a great chance to meet players from other colleges and play a competitive sport in a highly spirited manner.
So if you'd like to give it a go, even if you've never picked up a Frisbee before, please come along and join in. For more information feel free to drop an e-mail to Chris Owers.