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.
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Fitz has its very own badminton court (in the auditorium) and a friendly club running weekly practices. All standards of players are welcome (from complete beginners to blues!). 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.
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 with an annual formal dinner and annual trip to Tandoori Palace. As there is no inter-collegiate cricket league the club plays a range of "friendly" fixtures against other colleges and local teams as well as participating in Cuppers which is the inter-collegiate cup competition. The number of participants has grown in recent years to the extent where we can arrange additional fixtures for a second eleven giving everyone interested a chance to participate. Indoor nets take place at the start of Lent term and will be rigorously observed for the slightest hint of hand-eye co-ordination, and summer nets occur throughout Easter term in order to fine-tune our techniques before the big matches. Contact>>
Football - Men's
The Football Club is the largest of Fitz’s sports clubs. It is consistently one of the best in the University, having come close to winning the Premier title and Cuppers in the last couple of years. The current Fitz team consists of 8 university team players, and Fitz is the best place to be spotted by the Uni captain. 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.
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 Men's 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
The MCR football team is a joint team of Fitz and Clare graduate students. We play in the MCR league and cup competitions. Players of any standard are welcome and we are open to both men and women. Contact>>
Fitz has women's, men's and mixed hockey teams jointly with Trinity. We compete in league matches every weekend against the other colleges, we are currently on track to be promoted to the top league at the end of this year! As well as competing in league matches we also play Cuppers (which is another inter-collegiate league, but with knock-out rounds and a trophy for the winners at the end). Last year our mixed team won Cuppers, and our women's team has a very strong chance of winning Cuppers this year.
All levels of ability are welcome with the team ranging from blues players to total beginners. We are a very friendly and social team, doing at least one social event a term and often we'll head to Trinity for brunch after training. Contact >>
Lacrosse - Mixed
Fitz has an enthusiastic and rapidly growing mixed lacrosse team, which is great fun both on the pitch and on the social scene; it is a joint team with Murray Edwards and Peterhouse so is a great way to meet new people outside college, as well as a perfect place for a run out on a Sunday afternoon. Saying that, we had a great run in Cuppers last year and we come away with many a win in our weekly matches! It can be as relaxed (with just an occasional game) or as competitive (train and join the Uni team - which is even more fun) as you like, so get involved!
Fitz has both a ladies' and a mixed netball team. Both play weekly league matches culminating with Cuppers in March which always proves to be a really fun day. 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 be very popular, and a new challenge for experienced players and novices alike.
We are a team of about 15 keen pool players. We compete in the inter-collegiate pool league (currently in Division 1). Matches occur every week or two, although no member is required to attend all of the matches. It's good fun and it's free to join for any Fitz student. Contact>>
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 Michaelmas 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. We have had success in recent years and are the current University Plate holders. The team trains on Sunday mornings and plays on Thursdays. The rugby club is a great way to relax during term and also has an excellent social life and an atmosphere that is welcoming to all ability players.. To get involved in rugby all you need to do is come to the Fitz Freshers' fair and sign up with us. We also go on tour, this 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.
Skiing - Fitz Ski
Fitz Ski is the annual college ski trip that takes place in January. It is a great alternative to the varsity ski trip and provides an excellent opportunity to make more friends in college. We welcome skiers of all abilities as lessons can be included as part of the ski package. We endeavour to choose a location that has a good number of green/blue to red/black slopes to suit all levels. The Fitz Ski trip perfects the balance between après and time on the slopes. In 2015, Fitz Ski went to Val Thorens! with its vast skiing area and great après bars and clubs.
Please more information contact Dominic Jaques
For Varsity Ski - find the College Rep at the start of the Michaelmas Term.
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.
A Winter League open to all colleges runs in the first term, Michaelmas, and Fitz fields at least one team of 6 players who play both a singles and doubles match to decide each tie, with winners and runners up of the main draw and consolation draw being announced at the end of the term. Cuppers, the intercollegiate knockout tournament, runs in the next two terms, and is great fun whilst also being very competitive. Fitz made it to the quarterfinals in last year's Cuppers before losing to a strong St John's side who went on to win the tournament. Finer weather allows use of Oxford Road playing fields, which has three grass courts (and a hard court), and we also use courts at Churchill College (3 hard courts, 2 grass courts) and the public courts at Jesus Green - we also run regular training sessions when the weather permits! 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! Contact>>
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 a very strong Ultimate scene at all levels including a healthy, fun and casual college league that plays throughout the year. Your college team, The New Thundercatz, represent six colleges (St Catharine’s, Trinity Hall, 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.
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