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 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 Ladies' Captain or Men's 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, having won 2 Cups (Cuppers) and 1 league title in the last three years. 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
Hockey has really found its feet at Fitz in the last two years since the joining of both Trinity and Fitz teams. The newly dubbed Titz team gained promotion to the top college league so the hockey played is competitive however all levels are encouraged to come and learn new/enhance old skills. Plus there is the opportunity of trinity brunch after training...
Hockey - Women's
Ladies hockey has really taken off this year after a shaky few years, with some impressive results showing Titz are stamping their authority on the ladies league. As with the men's team, this is a joint venture of Fitz and Trinity, and people of all levels are welcome (the team ranges from blues to total beginners)
Contact the ladies captain: Sally Bradley (Trinity) if you are interested
Lacrosse - Mixed
Fitz has an enthusiastic and rapidly growing mixed lacrosse team, which i great fun both on the pitch and on the social scene; It is a joint team wit 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. 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 student athletes, with and without any rowing experience, a fantastic opportunity 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. In 2014 our first novice men's boat (NM1) won the Emma Sprints, a 500 metre knock out regatta, and began the year's racing with a bang! Following the Fairbairn's race at the end of term novices 'qualify' as senior rowers and, under the guidance of our excellent team of professional coaches, continue to train with the senior squad for the rest of the year. The highlights of racing are the Bumps in which each boat aims to catch up with and 'bump' the boat in front, whilst simultaneously trying to avoid being caught by the boat behind. Every year there is also the opportunity to race in London in the Head of the River races amongst some of the best crews from around the world. Aside from the training aspect, FCBC offers a variety of social events including the termly Boat Club Dinners, which offer the opportunity to meet former Fitz rowers and to celebrate each terms' success. Rowing at Fitz provides students with an excellent way to meet new people throughout both the college and the university as a whole..
For further information, contact Samantha Tarling
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 Fresher’s fair and sign up with us. We also go on tour, this year to Dublin.
Contact - Joe David
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, the Fitz Ski committee will be taking the Fitzbillies to Val Thorens! This promises to be an excellent trip as Val Thorens boasts a vast skiing area and is renowned for its après bars and clubs.
Please more information contact Daisy Stevens
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.
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 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.
College water polo is open to men and women of all abilities, though you should be able to swim! We have college league matches every few weeks in Michaelmas, and the Cuppers tournament in Lent term. There are no official training sessions, but several Fitz players attend weekly training with Addenbrooke's. New players are welcome (for instance, I started two years ago) and make up a substantial part of college teams. In recent years Fitzwilliam has been unlucky to be knocked out of Cuppers early, in close games against the eventual winners, but we a strong side with good prospects this year.