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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                                                                                   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 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 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:
       or international level.
                                                                                                                                                                         Sports Federation Administrator:
                                                                                                                                                                         Sports Federation Office: 01865 241335


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