USEFUL CONTACTS & DIRECTIONS
The Sports Federation: Oxford Admissions Office:
Oxford University Sports Complex Colleges Admissions Office
Iffley Road, Oxford OX4 1EQ Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD
Tel: 01865 241335 Fax: 01865 241368 Tel: 01865 288000 Fax: 01865 270708
Sports Department: Tel: 01865 240476 Fax: 01865 240894
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INTRODUCTION SPORTS FEDERATION
he Sports Federation has been set up to promote and improve the standard
and increase participation of sport throughout the University. There are 80
different sports clubs that the Sports Federation oversees, providing
administrative and financial assistance in the form of annual grants. Each club
is run by a committee made up of its student members, which communicate with the
Sports Fed on an almost daily basis to ensure the smooth running of sport throughout
Oxford University. Although the Sports Federation is a relatively new body in terms of
student sport, only established in 1998 it has rapidly become one of the major
organisations in the University. Its main aim is quite simple; to help improve all sporting
experiences and opportunities for all students of all standards. The support the Sports
Let us ask you a question….How do you perceive Federation provides all sports clubs not only helps them to develop, but also takes some
sport and lifestyle at Oxford University? of the responsibility and work load away from club officials allowing them more time for
their sport and, of course, academic responsibilities.
Is it one of rowing in the early hours of the morning, studying, gowns and mortar The Sports Fed is run from the Sports Centre by a team of 4 staff members, The Student
boards. Or is it one of playing sport on a Wednesday afternoon, going out in the President, Sports Administrator, Assistant Sports Administrator and a Community
evening with college and sports friends, drinking and clubbing like any other student at Outreach Manager. The support it provides all clubs varies from basic administration tasks
any other University throughout the country? Probably the former. The over-riding
like fixture programmes and transport bookings to specific sports & performance
perception of Oxford by outsiders is that of a highly academic institution, steeped in
development to coach education and the marketing of sport at both within and
history and tradition. Sport is confined to the two highly advertised clubs, rugby and
outside the University.
rowing, and there are very few opportunities to delve into other areas. This is in fact,
entirely unfounded. Through this brochure, we hope to introduce another side of
Oxford. We are consistently one of the top 10 Universities for Sport, and this is a
testament to our dedication and passion for it. With 80 University sports clubs to
choose from, Oxford offers one of the best opportunities to students.
We hope that you find this brochure informative and enlightening. Please refer to our
website for up-to-date information, and as always, feel free to contact the Sports
Federation with any queries you may have.
AIKIDO CRICKET HANDBALL LIFESAVING REAL TENNIS TABLE TENNIS
AMERICAN FOOTBALL CROQUET HOCKEY LIGHTWEIGHT ROWING RIDING TAEKWON-DO
ATHLETICS CROSS COUNTRY ICE HOCKEY MODERN PENTATHLON RIFLE TAI CHI
AUSSIE RULES CYCLING JITSU MOTOR DRIVERS ROWING CLUBS TRAMPOLINING
BADMINTON DANCESPORT JUDO MOUNTAINEERING RUGBY FIVES TRIATHLON
BASEBALL ETON FIVES KARATE NETBALL RUGBY LEAGUE ULTIMATE FRISBEE
BASKETBALL FENCING KARATE KDS ORIENTEERING RUGBY UNION UNDERWATER EXPLORATION
BOAT FLOORBALL KENDO PISTOL SHORINJI KEMPO VOLLEYBALL
BOXING FOOTBALL KICKBOXING POLO SKI AND SNOWBOARD WALKING
CANOE AND KAYAK GAELIC GAMES KORFBALL POOL SQUASH RACQUETS WATERPOLO
CAVE GLIDING KUNG FU POWERLIFTING SULKIDO WINDSURFING
CHEERLEADING GOLF LACROSSE PUNTING SURF WRESTLING
COMPANY OF ARCHERS GYMNASTICS LAWN TENNIS RACKETS SWIMMING YACHT
BUSA is the British University Sports Association, which runs University Sport in the UK.
xford is famous for its Academia, and a small number of sports that are
Over 30 teams from Oxford compete in the BUSA Winter League Championship every
often associated with the Dark and Light Blue Varsity competitions, Wednesday afternoon. The majority of these occur in the first two terms of the academic
rowing and rugby being the two most frequently talked about. There is year. Other sports are either not involved in BUSA or compete in annual Championships,
of course much more on offer at Oxford, and often to the same high Athletics, Ski & Snowboard, Karate and Swimming are such sports who will compete in
these Championship Tournaments. Oxford is traditionally placed in the top 10 Universities
standards associated with the rugby and rowing competition. History shows that
in BUSA every year, which indicates our competitiveness and dedication to sport. Sport of
Oxford University has produced Olympian, International and National sport stars in course is not just available at a University level. Many sports clubs will compete at regional
recent history. and national levels.
Roger Bannister – Athletics, Studied Medicine at Exeter and Merton Colleges College Sport
During any one week in term, there can be up to 500 students competing in one college
Imran Khan – Cricket, Studied Economics and Politics at Keble College
sport alone! Students have the opportunity to play sport for their college, if University
Matthew Pinsent – Rowing, Studied Geography at St Catherine’s College sport seems like a bit too much of a commitment, or they want to try a new sport. Almost
all of the University clubs run their own intercollegiate leagues and ‘cuppers’ competition.
Stephanie Cook – Modern Pentathlon, Studied Medicine at Lincoln College This allows a much greater participation of sport in Oxford at varying levels of all sports.
Jamie Dalrymple – Cricket, Studied History at St Peter’s College Some of the college competitions include football, basketball, tennis, rugby, netball,
rowing and hockey.
Kevin Tkachuk – Rugby, Studied History at Kellogg College
The Rosenblatt Swimming Pool
xford University has some of the best sporting facilities in the University
The 25m by 17m Pool set out in 8 lanes is built with a 2 metre depth throughout with a
sector, occupying 3 main sites within the city centre. Added to this, the
movable floor system for a third of the area.The water is at a constant temperature of just The facilities at the Iffley
majority of Colleges also have their own sporting facilities used for under 30 degrees. This is standard for a training/racing pool but cooler than most leisure Road site include:
college and University sport. pools. We also have a Poseidon camera system installed to monitor safety in the pool.
• Athletics Track & Stadium
The Iffley Road University Sports Complex is where the majority of University Sports The Rosenblatt Pool is a high quality lane based swimming pool, without flumes, without
• County standard football pitch
facilities can be found and where many clubs train and compete. The Complex exists wave machines designed for adults from the University and the community to come and used by the University sides and
swim lanes for exercise and pleasure with like-minded people. Based at Iffley Road local professional clubs
primarily for the use of University members, students and staff. During term time the alongside the historic Bannister first sub four minute mile track, the construction has been
facilities are almost exclusively used by University sports clubs, although these • Oxford University Rugby Club
made possible through the generous donations of the University, Oxford Colleges, the
facilities are used by the public sector during vacation periods to boost the revenue Rhodes Trust and several individual benefactors including an enabling gift from Lief • Olympic standard floodlit water
Rosenblatt, an alumnus. based hockey astro turf
of the department leading to continually improving facilities.
Student membership is per academic year ie runs October 1st until following September 30th. • 25m 8 lane swimming pool
Oxford Pulse • Rowing gym & tank
The other University sports areas are the University Parks and the women’s sports ground
The opening of Oxford PULSE Fitness Centre in 1996 may be seen as the first stage of the at Marston. The Parks are the venue for first class cricket fixtures, University Lacrosse, • Indoor Cricket School/Fencing Salle/
planned expansion and development of University sports facilities. It represented a major Croquet, Rugby League and increasingly the University second teams of Men’s Football. Shooting Centre
addition to existing sports facilities by offering membership to around 2,500 students, Marston is home to women’s cricket, rugby and football. • Tennis Courts. 6 Hard & 6 Grass
many of whom would not otherwise be involved in any sporting activity at University level & Pavilion
or indeed in any physical activity at all. Qualified gym staff are available to ensure the • Eton & Rugby Fives Courts
delivery of a quality service to all members. PHASE 2 – Developing Facilities at Iffley Road • Squash Courts x 3
The Sports Department have been developing the facilities for Oxford Sport for some years
Equipment and Services: • Dojo
now, with the individual projects of the PULSE Gym, the Women's Sports Ground, Hockey
45 Cardio Vascular and body conditioning machines including Pitch and more recently the Rosenblatt Swimming Pool being the key buildings of recent • 4 Court Sports Hall
4 Joggers - flat and inclined, years. However the existing "old" facilities are creaking badly and can in no way cope • Gymnasium with machine weights
10 Concept II rowers, with the huge demands they face. The current fund raising initiative, represents a and CV equipment
6 Non impact elliptical cross trainers, massively ambitious project to bring Iffley Rd up to a 21st century level for sports • Free Weights Gym
Upright and recumbent bikes provision. A£19M target has been set to enable the University to develop the site into the
10 Fixed weight conditioning machines • Ancillary Rooms & Offices
high spec multi sport arena that our current sports clubs, individual members of the
Dumbbells University and local community urgently require. • Adequate parking for both cars
Abdominizers and cycles
The plans are phased to allow for certain facilities or blocks of facilities to be built as
money becomes available, but the heart and soul of the work is a second expanded sports
hall, multi use ancillary rooms and what will be the biggest Gym provision in Oxfordshire
(circa 200 pieces of kit). Other elements of the scheme includes a new expanded Dojo, a
dedicated Fencing salle, Climbing Wall, new changing areas, indoor Tennis and an
expanded cricket school amongst other facilities.
The annual Rugby Varsity Match against Cambridge began in 1872 and was won by
he Varsity Match between Oxford and Cambridge University is, for many
Oxford. Since then 123 matches have been played, it has been played at Twickenham
“I thought I’d be really
clubs, the highlight of their sporting year, and participation in the Varsity since 1921. The match attracts crowds of 50,000, and is shown on Sky Sports to over a
Match remains the essential prerequisite for the awarding of ‘Blues’. Most
stressed out, trying to get all
million viewers. In Oxford, rugby has a long standing tradition, not least because William
Varsity matches are organised by the two clubs with one club acting as the Webb-Ellis, founder of the sport, was a student at Brasenose College. my work done and still going
host each year, or it may be held in a neutral venue with a joint organising The Varsity 1 Day Cricket fixture is held annually at Lord’s and is always popular attracting
supporters to the home of cricket. As you can see, there are many extraordinary to practices. It’s kind of hard
committee. Some Varsity Matches such as the Rugby held at Twickenham or the Boat
opportunities you can get from participating in Sport at Oxford. Most Universities do not
Race on the Tideway have a much higher profile whereas others may be attended by
get the opportunity to play annually at Lord’s or Twickenham!
at first because the amount
friends and family of the participants. Either way it is guaranteed that the match will
of work can be a bit of a
be hard fought with each side determined to claim victory.
shock, but it’s definitely
Over the last 30 or so years a group of now nearly 20 indoor sports have been grouped SPORTS & ACADEMIA
together in one multisport event known as the Varsity Games. First held in Crystal Palace
Many prospective students may be worried that participating in sport will be
manageable. You get used to
in London and now alternating between Univerisities, there is a separate trophy for the
winner of the event with two points awarded for A team victories and 1 point for B team. too time consuming, and detract from your studies. While Oxford is a highly it, and get into a rhythm. It’s
Sports included in the Varsity Games are: academic institution, the students are able to manage their time successfully
in order to remain dedicated to their sport. important to get away from it
Basketball, Badminton, Volleyball, Lifesaving, Swimming, Waterpolo, Karate, Judo, Pistol,
Trampolining, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Fencing, Netball, Ultimate Frisbee, Korfball, The Sports Federation organises an annual Awards Dinner to celebrate the
Gymnastics. achievements of the clubs from the previous year. There are awards for as well, so having sport as an
sportsman, sportswoman, club, team, and outreach club of the year, presented by
Each year, the competition is highly contested and attracts hundreds of spectators. The
special guests, such as Paralympic gold medalist, Danny Crates.
outlet adds to the whole
34th Varsity Games in 2006 was won by Oxford 47 – 30.
On the social side of things, the Sports Fed also organise weekly club nights on Oxford experience.”
The Boat Race, the oldest of the Varsity Matches, is a unique event steeped in history.
Wednesdays after BUSA matches have ended. These are a great opportunity for
Two factors which set the Boat Race apart are the astonishing public interest which it
all the clubs to get to know each other, and have a good time once their matches
generates worldwide and the unique blend of youth and experience - from the UK and
are out of the way for another week!
overseas - from which the rival Blue Boats are formed.
DARK BLUE VINCENTS & ATALANTAS lanta'
xford University sportsmen and women are known as talanta’s Club was founded in 1992 with the aim of
the Dark Blues, to Cambridge’s light blue. Dark Blue is promoting, supporting and raising awareness of women's
the University owned brand of sportswear created at the Since March 2003 Oxford University and sport in Oxford.
same time as the Sports Federation. The royalties
Brookes University Sports Departments
The purpose of Atalanta's Club was made threefold;
received from sales of Dark Blue clothing are immediately ploughed
have been working in partnership to
back into Oxford Sport for projects such as the Dark Blue scholar. 1) To promote women's sport throughout the University;
offering quality sports tuition to highly
The team wear range is constantly being updated and developed to 2) To support women's sport in Oxford financially;
disadvantaged or vulnerable groups of 3) To create opportunities for sportswomen to mix socially within the university.
give University and College clubs high quality, good value sports clothing in designs that suit them. young people aged 9-15 who do not get
More information can be found on our website at www.sport.ox.ac.uk/darkblue To fulfil these aims we currently (amongst other things) run a website, send out term cards
sufficient opportunity to participate in
and email updates about women’s sport in Oxford, award Grants to women’s sports teams
The first Dark Blue Scholarship was given in the 2003/04 academic year to one recipient and is funded by the sport and activity. The project is funded and arrange termly inter-sport social events. We also maintain strong links with the
royalties from the DB team wear. The scholarship is given to those students with a history of exceptional by HEFCE(Higher Education Funding Vincent’s Club, the equivalent male sports society.
performance and a clear commitment to progress within their sport. Benefits include a grant, currently Council for England) and co-ordinated
amounting to £500, towards training expenses, along with free gym membership to the University facilities. However, the most important feature of Atalanta’s is that it is not an elitist society, any
by one member of staff, the Community University sportswoman can join once she has played in her Varsity match. Our aim now is
The growth of the clothing range means that more and more scholarships are being awarded, increasing the
Sports Fed’s ability to help sportsmen and women at Oxford University. Sports Outreach Officer, based at Iffley to make Atalanta's accessible to ALL university women’s sports clubs so that it is truly a club
Road, University of Oxford sports centre. for ALL University sportswomen. Check out www.atalantas.co.uk for more info.
Ally Rowell (GB Modern Pentathlete): “I have been lucky enough to receive the Dark Blue The sports clubs in both universities VINCENT’S
Scholarship for the past two years. For this, I receive free use of the gym and pool at Iffley volunteer their services to run junior Vincent’s is a social club for sportsmen of Oxford University,
road sports centre (worth £100), £500 grant towards kit and coaching fees (on submitting membership is based on all-round social, physical and intellectual
classes for children from the
receipts) and some Dark Blue clothing. The scholarship has been an enormous help towards qualities. The club owns a premise in the centre of Oxford where many
funding my sport. Modern Pentathlon by its very nature is an expensive sport. With surrounding area.
of the clubs hold dinners and social events to celebrate Oxford sport.
equipment, coaching and competition costs for all five individual disciplines, I have high
annual expenses. It is great having access to the facilities at Iffley Road. The new pool at This programme has clearly identified an
Iffley road is fantastic and I’m very lucky to get free membership for it. I also think it’s important niche. Using Iffley Road sports
important that Oxford keeps in line with other universities giving sports scholarships and
help encourage talented athletes to apply to Oxford.”
Centre, Brookes Sports Centre and
Climbing wall and Oxsrad (Oxford and
THE BALL’S IN YOUR COURT
Ed Bevan (Wales Hockey International): “Studying at Oxford has been a major advantage in District Sports and Recreation for the We hope this brochure has given you a true insight into sporting life at Oxford.
the development of my sporting career. With such a large emphasis put on academic studies Whatever your sporting aspirations may be, Oxford has it all to offer. If you want to
Disabled) children and young people are
at Oxford, it has been a major advantage having excellent sporting facilities readily accessible experience academic excellence teamed with sporting opportunity at all levels from
taught short courses or taster sessions beginner to elite, then this is the University for you.
and available to me. The prestigious nature of sport at Oxford has also contributed to
by sports club volunteer students. Since
attracting top class coaching, which has been invaluable during my university years” Whatever stage of your education you are at, if you would like any more information
early 2003, 11 Oxford University Sports
about sport at Oxford please get in touch with the Sports Federation. We are in the
There are also two other scholarships that the Sports Fed currently award. The Richard and Eliza Blackwell Clubs and 5 Oxford Brookes clubs have office weekdays and are happy to talk via phone or email about any questions that
Sports Scholarship is available to both undergraduate and graduate students at Oxford. They are awarded participated in the programme. you may have. It is also possible for us to arrange for you to come and look round
annually in Trinity Term for the following academic year. This scholarship has been established by Nigel our sports facilities, chat with current Oxford students or explain further about the
Blackwell's family to commemorate his father Richard (New College 1936-1939) and late wife Eliza (Brown admissions process and opportunities available for you here at Oxford. Check out
University, USA, Class of '83), both of whom were good students and good sportsmen. our website www.sport.ox.ac.uk for links to our clubs and contacts within these
clubs. We look forward to hearing from you in the future.
The Vincent's Scholarship is kindly sponsored by Vincent's Club, the men’s Blues club. Additionally, the Sports
Federation gives out representative sport funding to those who compete at high levels of sport on a national
Sports Federation President: email@example.com
or international level.
Sports Federation Administrator: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sports Federation Office: 01865 241335