Sports and societies
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.
Fitzwilliam also has lots of lively societies you can join, and with hundreds more to choose from around the University it's easy to get involved, make friends and make your mark.
The University athletic and cross-country club run Cuppers events where athletes represent their college against others. In the first term, there is a fresher 5km race and athletics meeting.
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 Cricket Club has risen from strength to strength in recent years, taking Cuppers victory in 2016 for the first time in 44 years and then repeating the win in 2017 and 2018! We schedule fixtures around exams throughout Easter term and it makes for an excellent break from work. With numerous University-level players in the College 1st XI, Fitz will be expected to have a strong Cuppers campaign again this year. However, there will be plenty of opportunity for those of all cricketing abilities to shine through a range of ‘friendly’ fixtures against other colleges, local teams, the staff and the old boys. Winter nets take place during Lent term and will be rigorously observed for the slightest hint of hand-eye co-ordination.
Fitzwilliam College and football have become almost synonymous in recent years, and there is no doubt that FCFC is currently Cambridge’s best footballing college. Last year all three men’s teams won their respective cup competitions, including the 1st team’s historic tenth victory in Cuppers, the pinnacle of college football and one of the oldest football competitions in the world. The women’s team are likewise a very strong outfit, triumphantly winning their league in 2017.
The College is traditionally well represented at University level for both men and women, and last season 11 students competed in Varsity matches, with 2 captaining their side. And yet it is not just success which defines our football club. Over 60 students play matches regularly, making the society the largest in Fitz and a fantastic way of forming close friendships which extend far beyond the pitch. There are numerous team socials and dinners to be enjoyed throughout the year, regular squad gatherings for Match of the Day and even a hotly-contested fantasy football league
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, 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.
Football - 5-a-side
We play games once or twice a week in the evenings, usually on the 5-a-side grass pitch at the Fitz playing fields (sometimes on the 3G astro pitches at the Chesterton Sports Centre). The group is open to all abilities and positions, free of charge to play and you can sign up for any game once they’ve been publicised.
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.
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.
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!
The college Ladies netball club competes in a weekly league as well as in the inter-collegiate Cuppers Tournament. We usually play one match on the weekend, and hold a couple of training sessions throughout the term. We are currently in the top league, and have made it to the final rounds of Cuppers in the last 2 years. Anybody is welcome to play, even if you have never picked up a netball before! It's a great way to meet girls from other years, and is a welcome break from work!
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.
Rowing - Fitzwilliam College Boat Club (FCBC)
Fitz Boat Club offers the opportunity for both novices and experienced rowers alike to take part in the sport of rowing which plays a very important role in Cambridge life. Novices are coached by senior members of the club in Michaelmas term before being integrated into the senior squads in Lent term. Crews, which comprise eight rowers and a cox (who steers and makes calls), compete in the Lent and May Bumps. Bumps races are highly charge and exciting races involve boats being set off one behind the other with the aim being to catch the crew in front of you before the crew behind catches you.
Being a part of FCBC provides the opportunity to get fit and take part in a challenging and exciting sport while also widening your social circle, meeting students of all ages and having the opportunity to socialize at events such as the termly Boat Club Dinner.
Rugby Union - Men's
The rugby club forms a thriving part of the Fitz sport community. We play with Sidney Sussex, generally moving between the top 3 (out of 5) college league divisions and compete in the annual "Cuppers" tournament. We take on beginners, novices and seasoned rugby players each year, and provide everyone with the means and opportunities to fulfil their personal goals, whether this be to play for the University or to learn the rules of the game. As well as regular matches and training, we hold many social events throughout the year, plus occasional tours and the annual old boys' fixture. We continue to embody the best values in college sport, and are proud to provide an enjoyable and inclusive community for rugby fans and players alike.
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 been reasonably successful recently, with promotion to Division 1 of the leagues this year and in reaching the quarter finals of the Cup competition last year. The team plays on Saturday afternoons and tries to train once during the week. 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.
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.
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 intercollegiate Swimming Cuppers competition, which is held during the Easter Term - Fitz have done well in previous years, and just last year the girl's team came 2nd. The FCAC have recently agreed to fund a weekly swimming session which will be held by the two captains and will be available to all abilities.
The Fitzwilliam table tennis team is one of the strongest teams in the University; we are currently competing in Division 1 of the college league. Nevertheless, players of all abilities are welcome. We currently run two beginner/intermediate sessions on weekday evenings in the college squash courts, although this varies from term to term depending on the needs of our members. We also provide free coaching and all the equipment necessary to learn how to play this exciting, fast-paced sport.
During the first term there is a Winter League. Fitz usually fields a team of 4 each week, with each player playing two singles and a doubles set. Depending on the league, there are roughly 8-12 matches to be played over the term. Second term sees the start of Cuppers and despite the winter weather, Fitz boasts a team of six in this annual knockout tournament, with a consolation tournament for all teams knocked out in the first round, meaning everyone gets at least two matches. Easter sees the climax of Cuppers and better weather means that Fitz puts on a few social sessions for all levels of experience. The College owns one court at our sports grounds on Oxford road ,which is available to use year around. There are many other courts around the University so finding somewhere to play is never difficult. All abilities are welcome and we're always interested in getting new players on board.
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 6 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.
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.
Fitzwilliam College Medical and Veterinary Society
FCMVS aims to support members academically whilst also ensuring there are plenty of social events going on! From an academic perspective we provide access to a wide array of resources, including loan copies of core course textbooks for all first and second years, access to the Evelyn Suite (containing books, anatomical models, bones, computers, etc.), as well as arranging talks each term by speakers from a wide variety of medical, veterinary, and scientific backgrounds. Just a small sample of the social events we organize include termly curry nights, pizza parties, exam term breakfasts, an annual May Week Garden Party, and an annual dinner, to which all current students and alumni are invited!
The Magna Carta and Edward II, Public Memory, Women and War, and Rough Wooings are just some of the talks that have been given at Fitzwilliam History Society. The leading academics in the field present their latest research, providing us with an insight into the most exciting historiographical developments today. There is also an opportunity for informal discussion with the speaker after the talk at a dinner in town. Our annual formal dinner in Easter Term is an opportunity for all Fitz Historians to come together and celebrate the past year. Past speakers have included David Starkey, former Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams and the Pitt Professor, David Blight.
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Economics & Finance Society
We hold a range of thought-provoking events throughout the academic year, including economics-related talks which develop our understanding of the global economy and the applications of economic theory to the real world. The Society also hosts company presentations and provides support for internships and graduate scheme applications.
Past events have included visits from senior economists involved in policy formulation and leading economic research at the European Central Bank and at Goldman Sachs, and a talk by Jagdish Bhagwati on the nexus between trade and growth and the future of the global trading system.
Counting amongst its members distinguished alumni such as Sir Peter Bazalgette (Chair of the Arts Council England), Sir Dennis Byron (President of the Caribbean Court of Justice), Judge Dean Spielmann, (President of the European Court of Human Rights), and Dame Sarah Asplin (High Court, Chancery Division), the Society's focus is on establishing strong links between alumni and current students. It is thanks to their generosity, that we are one of only a few colleges in Cambridge that fully funds all core textbooks for law students, for every year of their undergraduate degree. We host a triannual dinner open to all students of Fitz, past and present.
During term, the society supports the current students. In addition to providing termly talks on pressing topical issues, and liaising with leading law firms and barristers' chambers for talks on graduate jobs and careers, there is a yearly mooting competition, which is always hotly contested.
The Mitchell Society of Industry and Technology
The society supports interest in the applied sciences, engineering and technology. It is run by a committee of students and membership of the society is open to all students at Fitzwilliam College, regardless of subject, who share this interest and wish to join.
The society holds three main objectives:
1. To encourage, promote and develop interest in science and engineering, with relevance to industry
2. To provide opportunities for social interaction between students of different matriculation years, who share common interests
3. To provide networking opportunities for members, creating connections between current students and Alumni
Natural Sciences Society
The Nat Sci Soc holds termly talks in College by leading scientists on their latest research. Recent topics range from insect genetics to the future of atomic clocks. Talks are followed by a dinner for all members of the society which is an opportunity to meet the speaker as well as the various science Fellows. In the summer we hold an annual BBQ on the Grove lawn. But Nat Sci Soc isn’t just for scientists: we’re open to all members of the College, and our talks are easily accessible to scientists and non-scientists alike - the only thing you need is a passion for science!
Fine Arts Society
The Society is a gathering of undergraduate and graduate students who participate in a variety of art forms. The main direction is painting and drawing but other disciplines are very welcome. Student art works are regularly put on display in Fitz cafe or shown to the public during the annual art exhibition (prize money up to £100). We own a small art room which provides a creative place for students to try their ideas We have a digital arts system that is waiting for your poster designs, comics or 3D animations! We're involved in the organization of art exhibitions inside and outside the College
The Fitz Sirens
Cambridge's oldest all-female a cappella group originated at Fitz over 20 years ago, and we've been going strong ever since! Typically with nine members, we sing jazz standards and jazzy arrangements of modern pop songs, and perform regularly at May Balls and concerts around Cambridge whilst wearing our iconic re-vamp of black and silver. We have been on tour to China (September 2016) and this summer 2018 had a successful sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. We've released 2 Christmas videos, and sing at private dinner parties, as well as May Balls!
An all-male close harmony group founded at the college back in 1994, typically with around eight members. We sing a mixture of traditional barbershop music and arrangements of more modern songs, and come complete with straw hats and questionable taste in waistcoats! The group is always in demand for performances in college bars, after dinners, May Balls and garden parties at the end of each year and private parties and weddings further afield. Entirely led and run by students with a variety of musical and academic backgrounds, we provide a great way to make some firm friends, have a lot of fun and get involved in events all around Cambridge.
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Fitz Chapel provides essentially Christian worship on Sundays and occasional weekdays, but all members of college are welcome regardless of their beliefs, including having no religious beliefs. The Chapel aims to be a welcoming space where all can come as long as they feel comfortable. Open to anyone who wants to enjoy the peaceful surroundings.
Aside from worship, the Chapel provides music through the Chapel choir, instrumentalists, and concert performances.There are a number of informal groups meeting from time to time, discussions groups about religion, or social groups getting together for pancakes, pizza, BBQ.
'A forum for all kinds of literary and related events'. Since reforming in Michaelmas 2013, the Fitzwilliam Literary Society has been engaged in all sorts of exciting events: from film screenings to play readings, from talks by invited speakers to creative writing workshops and online 'conversations' about literary matters. We're starting to think about what to do next! We welcome new members and new ideas - whatever they are studying.
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The music society exists as a platform to organise and put on concerts, as well as providing money and support for people looking to start up ensembles or start music lessons. We cover a wide wealth of music from classic to jazz to folk, and are always keen to hear from people interested in performing at College!
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A fortnightly magazine, Notes was founded and edited by Fitz students, but is open to anyone. We publishe creative writing, artwork, essays and anything else capable of stimulating thought. For each issue we hold a launch event with live jazz, wine and poetry readings.
Fitzwilliam College Debating Society
The Fitzwilliam Debating Society provides an open and inclusive environment for public speaking and discussion. In addition to frequent debates, which often include contributions from guest speakers, the society hosts panel discussions, social events, and workshops each term. The society welcomes all levels of experience and engagement and is open to all students across Cambridge.
Fitzwilliam has a thriving Amnesty International group working to prevent and end grave abuses of human rights, and to demand justice for those whose rights have been violated. Film nights, screenings and Q&A events with documentary directors are just some ways we help spread awareness. We meet a few times throughout term to discuss issues and to sign pre-written letters to officials and leaders around the world about rights violations. No knowledge of current affairs or human rights is needed - we have information sheets that will tell you everything. If you don't have much time, just swing by to sign one of our pre-written letters!
Fitzwilliam CU is a group of Christians in Fitzwilliam College. Our aim is to make Jesus Christ known to students in college, as well as to help each other to grow in our relationship with God. We meet together every week, to read the Bible together and pray, and to put on college events which invariably involve giving out free food!
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Fitzwilliam Communal Gardens Society
Fitzwilliam College has its own allotments on the college grounds, which are run by students but with membership open to (and including) academic and non-academic staff alike. Whether you're a seasoned gardener or new to it all, we meet weekly to tend to our allotments together, with the opportunity to have your own patch as well. The food we grow is available to all members of the college.
Fitzwilliam Enterprise Society
Have you ever wanted to start your own startup? Do you have a business idea or even just a general interest in entrepreneurship? Then Fitz Enterprise is the place for you! We are an intimate society with the aim to inspire, educate and connect entrepreneurially minded Fitz members and nurture the network of past, present and future Fitz entrepreneurs.
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Fitzwilliam Feminist Society
Fitzwilliam Feminist Society (FemSoc) is a newly formed discussion group holding a number of events throughout the year, with the purpose of promoting the discussion of gender-based issues and empowering women to demand the same treatment as men, in Cambridge, and in life elsewhere. In Fitz FemSoc's first year we hope to hold several discussions, screening of documentaries, and hold a Women's Dinner in Michaelmas. We welcome any input, and encourage both women and men to come along - there will always be free drinks and biscuits!