As with most colleges, sport is a huge part of university life and there are teams for any level. Whether you've never played before or are aiming for University Blues there's something for everyone. The huge change of student demographics means that numbers and interests fluctuate form year to year but we have picked up a few interesting sports along the way.
We also boast our own sports ground a 10-minute walk from the College, consisting of two football pitches, a rugby pitch, two cricket nets, two grass tennis courts, three hard tennis/netball courts and a newly renovated pavilion. The Pembroke boat house is also located close by and includes a basic gym and bar facilities.
Whether you play sports competitively at a university (Blues) level, play for fun, to stay active, or anywhere in-between there’s always an opportunity for you to get involved - no matter your ability!. Sport is a great way improve inter-year integration and to mingle well with people you may not have otherwise met at sports-socials
Pembroke Rugby Club is one of the college's most successful and socially active sports teams. After achieving cuppers glory in the plate and 2nd place in the mixed touch competition, the club is hoping to recruit new members for this coming season. Players of any standard are welcome to join the club. Even if you don't have an interest in rugby you can join as a purely social member. Some examples of socials are crewdates, Où Est le Poulet and pub crawls usually followed by Parkend or Bridge. Sign up at Pembroke’s Freshers Fair to be added to the mailing list which will have all the details regarding training, matches, and socials. Alternatively contact Will Powell, this year's Captain, for more information. (email@example.com).
Pembroke College Football Club is a welcoming society consisting of 2 men’s teams and a women’s team next year. The club is open to all levels of football ability or lack of footballing ability, and is very casual. The club organises multiple socials a term, which are open to everyone including those who do not want to play football. Overall PCFC is a welcoming, social, and fun society that I'm really happy to be a part of. Anyone who wants to get involved in any capacity can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Having been newly promoted up to the premier league after winning the first division two years ago, PCFC continued this great run of form by placing second in the league, and ending the season as runners up in Cuppers (the university’s famous knockout competition).
We play in a weekly league with other colleges throughout Michaelmas and Hilary. They are super fun and chilled, so everyone is welcome to play as much or as little as you like and can manage. It’s a great way to bond with other Pembroke gals and thrash some other college teams. We also have pre bop socials, which are great fun and often are combined with another society, from Pembroke Football to sports societies from other colleges. There's never a dull moment and you don’t have to even play netball to come to the social, everyone is super welcome!
Having made the final of Netball Cuppers 2019, followed with the amazing achievement of winning every match in the season and claiming the premier league title, PCNC were left as the undisputed best Netball team in Oxford.
Pembroke College Cricket Club (PCCC) has been one of Pembroke’s most successful sports teams in recent years. That’s not to say it’s an exclusive club; it prides itself on welcoming all those who fancy running onto the cricket pitch and doing their best for the team. Two games a week on average during Trinity (cuppers and league), socials usually merge with the Football and Rugby clubs.
Pembroke College Rounders is a super chill and welcoming club that is on during Trinity term. We welcome all abilities as the main purpose is to have a bit of fun and enjoy the warm weather. We usually play matches against other colleges in the evenings at around 5pm and we have training once a week. In the 2021-22 academic year we also played in the rounders league across other colleges which was really enjoyable!
Pembroke College Hockey Club (PCHC) is a friendly and inclusive club open to people of all genders, playing against other colleges every Sunday as a joint team with Worcester and Jesus. Abilities range all the way from complete beginners to university level players and we’re always happy to lend kit to anyone who wants to give the sport a try. Last year we were extremely successful, winning the men’s 5-a-side cuppers tournament and securing promotion to the top division for 2023-24, with the highlight of the season being the Trinity term match and team social with Pembroke alumni.
Rowing is uniquely accessible in Oxford, and Pembroke College Boat Club offers a brilliant opportunity to participate in the sport. As we’re known for being one of the best colleges for rowing (!) there’s no better place to try it out! Our men’s and women’s first crews are some of the highest ranked in Oxford, and we have a very successful novice rower programme to introduce people who are new to the sport. We're eager for you to join us, regardless of whether you have previous rowing experience. Whether you think that you are naturally sporty or not, rowing may be the perfect sport for you.
As Pembroke’s biggest sports club with many socials, PCBC is a great way to meet new people in a friendly environment. Whether you end up in one our top boats, or if you join us in one of our lower commitment crews, rowing is an unforgettable part of the Pembroke experience, so be sure to come and speak to us at the 0th Week Freshers’ Fair!
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... and more! If you want to start a new sports group at Pembroke, or want to find other people interested in the same sport as you, get in touch with our Sports Reps so they can provide contacts and funding if needed!