Sports and Societies

Queens’ College now offers three named sports awards, alongside the existing Q550 support. For information on sports awards, please see the information under ‘Financial Assistance’ on the main website, accessed here.

The College has a number of strong sports teams and active societies, that are a great way to get to know other Queens’ students, both undergraduate and postgraduate. As a general rule, college sports and societies at Queens’ are open to all Queens’ students, that is, students from both the JCR and MCR. Depending on the year, certain sports have notably larger proportions of postgraduates playing, rowing in particular. Visit the main college website to find out more about wider college sports, or here to find out more about the music, arts and drama on offer. Funding opportunities are also available for the arts, with both choral and organ scholarships available.

Graduate Choir



Water polo










Contemporary Dance




Ultimate Frisbee

 Summary Table

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Graduate Choir

Conductor: William Rose,

Queens’ Graduate Choir is a relaxed, non-auditioned choir consisting mostly of graduate students and alumni of Queens’ College (although we welcome others!) Around 25-strong, the choir performs a wide variety of music from sacred motets to pop classics. We perform at various college events in Queens’ throughout the year, including the MCR Christmas dinners, summer garden party, and termly concerts. The Graduate Choir membership represents a broad range of ages, subjects and levels of singing experience. Emphasis in rehearsal is placed on improving as singers, exploring choral repertoire, and most importantly having fun! There are no auditions — all that’s required is a desire to sing!

We rehearse once a week, in Queens’ College Chapel. We are always happy to welcome new members, so don’t worry about coming along for the first time. The best way to get in touch is to email us at You can also subscribe to our mailing list and find us on Facebook.



Men Football

Captain: Dan Bacon,

The Queens’ College MCR football team is the most successful in the university and has been playing since 1959. We play in the University’s MCR league which is a mixture of College MCRs, Departmental and University Society teams. The team has won the league consistently for a number of seasons now, including a league cup double in the 2015-16 season. This year, the team is a joint venture with the Department of Economics. Details and arrangements can be found on the Facebook Group: Click Here

We usually play our matches early on Sunday early afternoons and have a practice session once a week on Wednesday evenings throughout the year (including the summer period). We also try to organize plenty of social events sporadically across the year. We’re always on the look-out for new teammates so if you’re interested in playing, or even just coming to the 5-a-side practice sessions during the week for some more casual football, please get in touch.

Women football

MCR contact: Jessica Barnes,

Looking for a cool new way to play sport/exercise this year? Queens’ College Women’s Football Club (QCAFCW) is looking for new players to get involved! If you’re the most gifted footballer in the world or just a complete beginner looking to get stuck in, WE NEED YOU!

The club is a joint JCR and MCR club (and one legend Professor). We are a very successful team, having reached the Plate final last year and Cuppers final two years prior, and are keen to repeat these tremendous levels of success. We play on Saturdays and train occasionally in the week. In addition to super enjoyable matches we also have truly amazing socials which you will not forget anytime soon. Playing shirts are provided and if you have studs and shin pads it’s a bonus (if not don’t worry, you’ll probably survive). Beginners are more than welcome and whatever time you can commit would be grand!

Details and arrangements can be found on the Facebook group: Queens’ College Women Football Club (QCWFC).


Men’s contact: Callum Macdonald,

Women’s contact: Charlotte Spruzen,

Looking for a low commitment, enjoyable sport to start playing at Queens’ College? Queens’ Rugby Club is looking for new players! The club is a joint JCR and MCR club, and the successful Cuppers run and league triumphs last year would not have been possible without the help of our willing post-grads. Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or completely new to the game, there is space on the team for you. Matches are played on Saturday afternoons and training is once a week. Kits are supplied, all you need is boots and a gumshield and you’re ready to play.

Water polo

Contact: Bengt Logfren,

Water polo, for those who have not heard of it before, is a mix between swimming and handball. It’s claimed to be one of the most physically intense sports going, but the Queens’ team is very relaxed. We are a totally free club, with a weekly training session and round robin style, intercollegiate tournaments twice a term, followed by a pint or two in the bar. After being promoted in 2010, we are now the dominant force in Cambridge water polo; in 2012 Queens’ won Cuppers but just missed out on defending the title in 2013 losing to St John’s in the final. Since 2016, we are yet to be beaten, winning 3 straight cuppers trophies. Joining our mixed team is a very sociable way to get fit and meet new people, with no pressure to commit. Queens’ Water Polo team, joint with Darwin to form “Queerwin” has had arguably its most successful year to date. The 2016/17 year ended with a well-deserved win of the Cuppers tournament, for the second year in a row. The team became the face of College League Water Polo, and asserted Queerwin’s place as the dominant team amongst colleges. The team is renowned in college for its numerous socials, with some members social attendance rivalling their training attendance. We train on a Wednesday evening, meeting at plodge to walk over to the pool at 8pm. There’s no experience required.

Details and arrangements can be found on the Facebook group: Queens’ and Darwin water polo eternal


Contact: Tom Harman,

Queens’ has a mixed gender volleyball team that is joint with Trinity. It is open to players of abilities and you are welcome just to drop into the odd session/come as often as suits you. We practice once a week with Trinity at their Old Fields Indoor courts and run socials as often as we can. It’s a great way to meet people from Queens’ and from another college too! We’re currently training for cuppers matches, which happen once or twice a week and are a great chance to put training skills into practice. Training is every Sunday at 3pm at Trinity Old Fields and we meet at Queens’ plodge to walk there at 2:45pm.

Details and arrangements can be found on the Facebook group: Queens’ & Trinity Volleyball


Contact : Dimitris Panayiotou,

The Queens’ Basketball Club is a new, small and friendly society for basketball lovers of all levels. We usually have a training session (Thursday) and a game (Saturday) every week, where everyone is welcome. Both the games and training sessions are held at Kelsey Kerridge Sports Centre. Two competitions are run over the year: the college league during Michaelmas and Lent terms and the Cuppers during Easter term in which blues from Queens’ can also join their force to bring the trophy home.  So, if you are an eager novice looking to improve your ‘ball IQ’ or an experienced player aiming to help the Queens’ Team to win some games, come and join us on the court.

Details and arrangements can be found on the Facebook group: Queens’ College Basketball Team.


Womens’ and mixed netball

Womens’ contact: Hannah Petheram,

Mixed contact: Bethany Capstick,

The Queens’ Mixed Netball team represents the college in the inter-collegiate competitions run by the CULNC. We have one team in the CULNC Mixed Netball League, who will play in Division 2 next season. As well as the league, there is an annual Cuppers tournament, normally held over one day in Lent Term. The team is open to players of all abilities and experience. It’s completely free to play, although there is an optional stash order, usually once a year. A half an hour-long game is typically organised each weekend in Barton Road sports ground (10 minutes cycling from the main site), making Mixed Netball the ideal sport for anyone with a busy schedule.

Details and arrangements can be found on the Facebook group: Queens’ Mixed Netball.



Contact: Matt Roberts,

Queens’ College Hockey Club welcomes players of all abilities – from those who have never played hockey before to those who play weekly for the university.  QCHC has recently merged with Clare college and this Queens’-Clare alliance have both a men’s and a women’s team that compete
in the college leagues every Sunday, with matches taking place at Wilberforce Road sports ground.  These teams also both compete in cuppers as well as a mixed team.  There is no cost to join the club, and there are plenty of spare hockey sticks and shin pads available to borrow for those who do not have their own.  Inter-college tournaments, which are run by the university hockey club sponsors (JMAN & Oliver Wyman), provide some extra excitement once a term.  Our Queens’-Clare team dominated the most recent tournament, not losing a single match and winning the tournament. (See photo of winning team).  It’s a great way to meet a few new people and get some exercise on a Sunday!

Details and arrangements can be found on the Facebook group: Queens’ Hockey.

Mixed lacrosse

Contact: Megan Wilson,

Queens mixed lacrosse is a great way to try a new sport and let out your competitive energy in matches against other colleges! We have one informal training session every Friday at 3pm on Queens’ Green where you can develop your stick skills and practice your defence and team play. We then have a match every week on Saturday or Sunday against the other colleges in our league (which are usually mad and chaotic but very fun!).Details and arrangements can be found on the Facebook group: Queens’ Mixed Lacrosse.


Captain: Aaron Briggs,

Queens’ College MCR cricket team has a decidedly laid-back atmosphere. All skill levels are welcome, guys or girls, from absolute beginners to seasoned veterans. If you’ve never played cricket before, this is the perfect opportunity to come and have a go.

We are mainly active in the Easter term, playing in the graduate cricket league, which is split into two groups of around 7 teams from other college MCRs. The winners and runners-up of each group then enter the semi-finals and so forth. The games are usually very chilled out and it’s a great way to spend a summer afternoon. Net sessions are held once a week at Queens’ Cricket Ground on Barton Road. Details for sign-up, games and practices will be sent round toward the end of Lent term.

MCR Cricket Team 2008-2009


Contact: Lyndon Teng,

The Queens’ College Badminton Club caters to players of all abilities and experience, from recreational social sessions in our very own Fitzpatrick Hall to fielding multiple teams in the university-wide competition. Apart from being the defending champions of the university, the Men’s 2nds and Women’s 1sts are also strong challenges in Division 2 of the Open and Women’s Leagues respectively. The club is also active in the annual Cuppers competition, with four teams in action last year. If you’re interested in playing for Queens’, keen to meet some fellow badminton enthusiasts or simply want to stay updated with all things badminton happening in Queens’, be sure to join our Facebook group: Queens’ College Badminton Club.


Men’s contact: David Brossault,
Women’s contact: Aihong Li,

Whatever your skill level, if you are interested by squash, this society is for you. Squash have postgraduate sessions once a week on Tuesday evenings, when members of the MCR can come along and play each other, meeting new players, and improving their skills. You can also challenge other JCR, MCR and fellows from Queens’ over the year by climbing the MCR squash ladder or by competing in the termly tournament. Squash is held in the squash courts in Lyon court.  Playing squash at Queens’ is entirely free; the equipment and courts being supplied by the MCR and the college. So, you just have to grab your shoes and come and join in!

Details and arrangements can be found on the Facebook group: Queens’ College MCR Squash Society and are publicised via the squash mailing list,

Climbing society

Contact: Alex Benton,

Do you enjoy climbing or have you ever wondered if it would be for you? Then look no further than Queens’ Climbing Club! Newly founded this year, we go climbing (indoor bouldering) once a week, usually 4-6pm on Fridays, at the local climbing centre (Rainbow Rocket). They provide discounted student entry and free climbing shoe hire at this time so it’s the perfect time to come and have a climb, and make some new friends. All abilities welcome (including none)!

Details and arrangements can be found on the Facebook group:Queens’ Climbing Club

Contemporary dance

The Queens’ College Contemporary Dance Society is a fun and safe space for dancers of all abilities to explore a new genre or perfect existing skills. Whether you’ve been dancing all your life or just want a fun break from work, the society has a class for you! We offer classes for beginners, as well as for advanced/intermediate, and technique workshops. These are held on Fridays and Saturdays in the Fitzpatrick Hall or Bowett Room. Queens’ has the only Dance Artist in Residence in any Oxbridge college. All classes operate on a drop-in basis, so you can join in whenever you want, there is no subscription charge and the cost of each class is £6 employed / £4 students / £2 students at Queens’. Come along and dance!

Details and arrangements can be found on the Facebook group: QCCDS

Chess society

Contact: Karthik Kumar,

Whether you have never played before, play casually or a grandmaster, the Queens’ Chess Society is a place to get people that are interested in the game together for a couple of exciting matches each weekend. We meet up on Saturday between 1-3pm in the Woodville (MCR) room for a couple of post-brunch games. The style (classic, ches960, or whatever else is out there) and time-controls are up to the players. Tea and biscuits is served as well! If there is enough interest, we can raise the stakes and set up an MCR chess ladder.

Details and arrangements can be found on the Facebook group: Queens’ College MCR chess society.

Running society

Contact: David Brossault,

Are you a regular runner or are keen to become one? Then join Queens’ Running Society for regular running sessions and joint participation in running events and races. We meet every Sunday (usually at 11am at the Plodge), go running for about an hour and then have brunch together. We are trying to make the runs fun for everybody, so don’t worry about your pace. Details on the weekly runs and announcements on upcoming running events can be found on the Facebook group: Queens’ College MCR running society.


Contact: Alexandra Burchill,

The college athletics society serves primarily as a point of contact for those who have an interest in athletics, whether novice or experienced, with the university athletics club (CUAC). Members from Queens’ compete and train with CUAC, so the college athletics society supports Queens’ athletes, and celebrates their achievements. Cuppers competitions are held in October each year, with some opportunities for more competition throughout the year upon joining. You are always welcome to have a go, no matter which event, or the experience you have. Contact Alexandra for more details!

Ultimate frisbee

Contact: Sophie Tran,

Ultimate is a fast-paced team sport played with a flying disc by students all over Cambridge and the UK, and by millions more across the world. Penguins is a mixed-college Ultimate team welcoming women and men of any standard – whether you’ve played before, only thrown a Frisbee in the park or have never touched one in your life! Getting involved with Penguins is a great way to make friends from other colleges and to give yourself a break from work at the weekend, when we play matches against the other college league teams. Matches are once a week, as are training sessions – both are very informal and completely free to attend. We’re looking for enthusiastic new players to grow and develop the team.

Details and arrangements can be found on the Facebook group: Penguins Ultimate Frisbee

Summary of the Sports Societies

  Sports Contact Facebook group Time Location Cost
  Men football db811 Economics/Queens’ Football Team Sunday Various A few £
Women football jb2171 QCWFC Saturday Various Free
  Basketball leyt2 Queens’ College Basketball Team Thursday
Kelsey Kerridge A few £
  Volleyball thh29 Queens’ & Trinity Volleyball Sunday
Trinity Old Fields court Free
  Rugby cam233 Saturday Various Free
  Water polo bl450 Queens’ and Darwin water polo eternal Wednesday
8 pm
Leys Free
  Netball hlp43 Queens’ Mixed Netball Weekend Barton road Free
  Hockey mtmr2 Queens’ Hockey Sunday Wilberforce Road sports ground Free
  Lacrosse mbw33 Queens’ Mixed Lacrosse Friday / Weekend Queens’ Green Free
  Badminton azhs2 Queens’ College Badminton Club Week / Weekend Fitzpatrick Free
  Squash dffb2 Queens’ College MCR Squash Society Tuesday
Lyon court Free
  Climbing ab2545 Queens’ Climbing Club Friday
4-6 pm
Rainbow rocket 7£ /
  Chess kk573 Queens’ College MCR chess society Saturday
Woodville room Free
  Running club dffb2 Queens’ College MCR running society Sunday
11-12 am
Plodge / Owlstone Free
  Athletics ab2381
  Ultimate Frisbee st710 Penguins Ultimate Frisbee Park Free
  Cricket ab2572 Easter term Barton road
  Contemporary dance QCCDS Friday and Saturday Fitzpatrick  Bowett 4£ / session

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