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Sports at Lucy

There are plenty of opportunities to get involved with sports and fitness at Lucy Cavendish. The state-of-the-art University Sports Centre is just up the road and we are close to the Rugby Club and Tennis Club too. As a Lucy Cavendish Student you can access the Grange Road sports fields. There are also lots of sports activities you can join at every level of experience and fitness. And if you are an accomplished sportsperson, chosen to represent the University in its top teams or playing at national squad level, we may be able help you financially with some of the expenses you will incur. Students are also always welcome to set up their own sports teams and clubs.

We have also enjoyed a number of online sports and fitness opportunities this year. Read on below for more details!

A few stats

In 2018-2019 17 students from the College represented the University Sports Clubs in competition, coming from 12 different sports clubs. Lucy Students won 2 Full Blues in Netball and Rugby Union and 4 half Blues in Rowing, Cycling, Cricket, and Yacht.

In 2019 -2020 55 Lucy Students joined University Sports clubs, and 24 different Sports Clubs were joined. Our students have won 8 Blues.

In 2020-21 30 Lucy students joined 16 different sports clubs including Eton Fives, Modern Penthatlon, Riding, Hare and Hounds, Real Tennis as well as sports like rowing, volleyball, hockey and badminton. One student had a Full Blue in Hockey and one had a Half Blue in Athletics

Rowing is a quintessentially Cambridge college activity. The sport is equally cherished at Lucy Cavendish. In fact, LCCBC prides itself in its training programme; each Michaelmas term sees quite a large number of novice Lucians turn into fully fledged competitive rowers in time for their first race in December. They also have a good track record of training new coxswains from scratch and are always on the look-out for new recruits to this crucial role in the boat. The following two terms are then spent in set crews, training for Lent Bumps and Easter Bumps respectively. These are the inter-collegiate races where the rankings of the different boats are passed on from year to year. In order to stay competitive for these races, crews will have several coached morning sessions on the water each week as well as some evenings in the college gym (where we have our eight indoor rowing machines). Those who are interested in the sport but do not want such a time commitment are also very welcome to join – they usually organise themselves into a “weekend boat”. LCCBC also participates in other races on, and sometimes off, the Cam. The club boasts a fleet of three coxed eights. These are kept at Emmanuel College Boathouse. 

For more information visit the social media pages: 

Lucy Cavendish Boat Club Instagram

Lucy Cavendish BoatClub Facebook   

Lucy Cavendish has a joint badminton club with Hughes Hall, who meet to train once a week and welcome all levels.

The Lucy-Hughes Badminton Team was born several years ago although, it was in 2020, that Lucy Cavendish created its own adjacent society. This will hopefully be a huge step forward in the representation of women in the team and will lead to the creation of an all Women's Team as well as the Mixed Team that already plays inter-collegiate matches.
Whether you are a pro or a beginner or have never touched a racket before in your life, this is the society for you! You have the option to come train whenever you want, there is no year long commitment as it works on a pay-as-you-go basis. This badminton group is largely an excuse to socialise with another college, let off some steam after
a long week of work, and get better at actually hitting the shuttlecock (then you can finally stop exclaiming 'I swear there is a hole in my racket!').

Hughes-Lucy Badminton team Facebook

Lucy Cavendish, Christ and Churchill currently play together in a friendly women’s team.

Find more information on the Facebook page.

Football CCC Facebook page

Lucy Cavendish very own Football club has been established in 2021.

Follow them on Instagram

Lucy students currently play with Hughes Hall, and welcome all levels, so even if you have barely played, or haven’t played since school, you should join them.

Lucy/Hughes Netball Facebook page.

Lucy/Hughes Instagram

There is also a Lucy Cavendish College Mixed Netball Club. For more info, speak to Ellie Walkerdine: erw52

Lucy Cavendish College Tennis Club 

For more info, speak to Mabel Dennison md849

Lucy Cavendish College Cricket Club

For more info, speak to Daniel Green: dg618

Lucy Leapers (Climbing club)

For more info, speak Yen Min: ymt24

Lucy Cavendish students enjoy free weekly strength and conditioning sessions with a personal trainer at the excellent University Sports Centre.

This past term Tristan Coles at The University Sports Centre has been offering Lucy Cavendish Students exclusive strength training classes every Thursday. Info and booking link will be added next term to the College calendar in the members' area.

Skipping ropes and dumbbells

We have lots of free skipping ropes and sets of 1kg dumbbells for students to borrow for as long as they like. You can find them in the large plastic box in the Paul Paget room. Please just remember to sign in and sign out the equipment on the sheet by the box, and give the equipment a thorough clean when you return it please.

Try tennis

We also have four brand new Tennis rackets for students to borrow. You can find them in the Paul Paget room by the sports equipment- just use the same sign out sheet. There are plenty of free to use, non-bookable tennis courts in Cambridge:

Enjoy croquet on the lawn

You might like to make the most of the next sunny day by enjoying some croquet on the lawn! You can borrow the equipment from the smoking shelter outside the Paul Paget room.

  • Lucy Cavendish students have enjoyed online bodyweight fitness sessions with a personal trainer over lockdown, as well as the very popular weekly online yoga sessions. These sessions will be again in person when government guidelines allow so.

  • Strava - Cambridge: an online running network for staff, students and the local community.

  • Whether you are new to exercise or a seasoned pro, Stay Active Cambridge released daily activity sessions – including Pilates, Strength & Core, Yoga and HIIT – to help us all stay active during. You can access the health and fitness content direct to their Youtube channel.


Lucians are also active in:

Cambridge University Handball Club is a half-blue club which provides 3 trainings per week at the West Cambridge University Sports Centre. They offer action and fun-packed trainings, as well as inscriptions to London League , Varsity and University Championship matches. Attendance is not mandatory, total beginners to very experienced players are all welcome. You can try their taster sessions, join their socials and become part of the family!

Join via social media, website or by email:

CU Handball - Facebook

CU Handball - Instagram

CU Handball - Website

The Cambridge University Women’s Ice Hockey Club was founded in 1981 and accepts players of all backgrounds, including beginners to 15-year veterans. Their home arena is the Cambridge Ice Rink where they practice and play home games. Throughout the year, they also have off-ice training and strength and conditioning sessions at the sports centre. The season usually culminates with the annual varsity match against Oxford and the Universities National Championships in Sheffield.