Fitzwilliam has a number of sports clubs, all operating on a 'just turn up' basis, so if you want to carry on with sports you played at school or start something new you can. Most teams play in college leagues, and in the annual 'cuppers' competition between the Cambridge Colleges, so you can always find sport at your appropriate level. The culmination of the sporting year is the annual Sports Dinner.Various Fitzwilliam students have also represented the University at sport, and Fitzwilliam is proud of its members who have played at the highest level.
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.
Fitz has its very own badminton court and a friendly club running weekly practices. All standards of players are welcome. There are social sessions for all and training sessions for the more serious players. Each year, Fitz enters both Men’s and Ladies’ doubles teams into the intercollegiate leagues, as well as entering Cuppers with strong track record in both. For more information contact the Captain.
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.
For more information contact the club Captain.
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.
Football - Men's
The Football Club is the largest of Fitz’s sports clubs. It is consistently one of the best in the University and we are currently the holders of the league and Inter-College cup (known as Cuppers) - a historic feat. Fitz’s 2nd team is the highest placed 2nd team in the league (now in the third 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.
For further information contact the team's Captain.
Football - Women's
Fitz Women's Football team are one of the biggest and most successful teams on the women's side. The team varies from absolute beginners to university players, and is almost equally balanced between undergrad and postgrads. We are consistently near the top of the First Division, winning it in 2013 and finishing second in 2014, and we have had good runs in Cuppers in the last few years, reaching the final last season. We are also a very sociable team, having team nights out each term, and a Football Dinner with the Mens' teams at the end of the season. The highlight this year has been the inaugural tour to Oxford to play our sister college Teddy Hall, fully funded by college. For more information, contact the team Captain
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.
Lacrosse - Mixed
At Fitz, we play lacrosse in a joint team with Murray Edwards and Peterhouse Colleges. This makes our sport one of the most sociable on offer at Fitz. We play weekly matches in our league as well as Cuppers. The emphasis is on fun and not on winning. Most of our team had never played Lacrosse before they arrived at College. We also have a busy social calendar. Give it a try.
For more information contact the club Captain.
Fitz has both a ladies' and a mixed netball team. Both play weekly league matches culminating with Cuppers in March. You don’t need to have played before - everyone is welcome. The ladies' side is going from strength to strength, building on an impressive league and Cuppers record, having been promoted this year. Mixed netball continues to provide a popular release, and a new challenge for experienced players and novices alike.
Rowing - Fitzwilliam College Boat Club (FCBC)
Fitz Boat Club offers students a completely new opportunity, and encourages current athletes to train at a high level. In Michealmas term we aim to put out three men’s and three women’s novice crews, plus at least one senior crew on each side. Each boat contains eight people plus a cox (who steers and shouts), and is coached by senior members of the club. Throughout the year you will train with the senior squad and be coached by external professionals in order to race. The highlights of racing are the bumps, which involve catching the boat in front whilst being chased by boats behind. Aside from the sport aspect, FCBC offers a variety of social events including the Boat Club Dinners each term, and gives students a great way of meeting new people from throughout College and Cambridge as a whole.
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...
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 College takes part in the Swimming Cuppers, which is held during the Easter Term. Fitz has some strong swimmers, and has historically done very well - in 2008 Fitz won Cuppers overall, and just last year ladies took 2nd place. Anyone who would like to take part in the Cuppers should contact the club Captain.
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.
The 1st and 2nd term sees both the Men’s and Ladies’ teams playing a winter league, with a league and Cuppers matches in the 3rd term. In the summer matches are played on grass courts - a real bonus- make the most of it! Oxford Road playing fields has three grass courts and one hard court. We also use courts at Churchill College and the public courts at Jesus Green. Fitz tennis is friendly and of a reasonable standard, with emphasis on giving everyone who wants a game the chance to do their bit for College. Tennis is a really sociable sport and all standards are invited to play!
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.