Sports and Societies

The following table lists many of the Clubs and Societies at Selwyn. For general updates on sport at the college, see this Facebook page. Remember to add to the CRSId to get the email address. If you would like to apply for funding for your society you may apply here.


Club Name (CRSId) Further Information
Selwyn College Association Football Club (SCAFC) Charlie Stone (ces93) and Edson Owusu-Afriyie (eo335)
SCAFC has two teams; the firsts compete in the premier division of the college football league (CUAFL) and the seconds are in division 4. The firsts offer a more serious environment, where competition for places is tough, but the seconds offer a more relaxed atmosphere and if you’re free to play, you should get a match. We play our fixtures at weekends and train once during the week at our sportsground located at Fulbrooke Road and anyone is welcome to attend training. If anyone wants to get involved with playing football at Selwyn, please send an e-mail to me (jcm97). We train as a whole team on either Wednesday or Thursday afternoons. Matches are held at the weekend. The firsts are in the premier league and won the plate last year, the seconds are in division four and have enjoyed back to back promotions in my three years. This year looks to be no different as we are looking good for a promotion to the third tier. Alongside matches there is a great social aspect to playing football for Selwyn. There are regular events including dinners, pub nights or FIFA tournaments, and it’s a great way to meet people outside of your year.
Selwyn College Athletics and Cross Country Club Mark Poynting (mrp65) Selwyn Athletics and Cross Country is a club for all abilities and the club enters a team in both summer and autumn cuppers for athletics!
Selwyn College Badminton Women’s captain: Megan and Natalie (nl387)
Men’s captain (Open League): Sam Holmes, Kevin Gu (kg451)
We have a general session once a week which is a casual knock-about open to beginners as well as more advanced players. We also have a women’s team and a men’s team which compete in the college league in both Michaelmas and Lent and in the Cuppers tournament in Lent. Facebook
Selwyn College Boat Club President: Owen Tutt (ost23), Grace Wood (gew37) Men’s Captain: Dan Thompson (dt451) Women’s Captain: Stella Dixon (srhd2) SCBC comprises of men’s and women’s squads that train both on and off the water approximately 4 times per week. We welcome novice rowers throughout the year, and specifically have a large intake every Michaelmas term. The main competitions are May and Lent Bumps, in addition to Fairbairns head race in December and multiple ergo competitions throughout the year. We have recently celebrated success in the 2016 men’s boat going up 6 places in May Bumps! SCBC prides itself on being a friendly and inclusive club, and welcomes anybody from Selwyn to join. We aim to create a healthy but competitive atmosphere for all experience levels! Facebook Website Twitter
Selwyn College Hockey Club Adam Shafiq (ays28) This year, we have a men’s and a mixed team. We train once a week on Tuesdays and then have matches on Sundays. Our men’s team is currently in the second division, with a good chance to get promotion this term. Our mixed team reached the quarter-finals of cuppers this season! Facebook
Selwyn College Ladies Basketball Club Annie Lyons (afl36)
Selwyn College Ladies Football Club Annie Lyons (afl36)
Selwyn College Ladies Netball Club Jenny Lazarus (jrl65) Ladies netball is low commitment but lots of fun! We have matches once a week in Michaelmas and Lent term, usually on a Sunday morning (before brunch!). We also take part in cuppers which is a half day tournament in Lent term. When possible there are joint training sessions with the mixed netball team. There are a few social events each term, usually with other sports teams which is a great opportunity to meet some new, sporty minded people like yourself. Facebook
Selwyn College Mixed Lacrosse Club Kate Bassil (kjb83) and Saffron Hicks Selwyn Mixed Lacrosse is a fab, friendly team and open to all. We play matches once a week and are currently playing in the top division! We have team socials and are always looking for new members. If you’d like to give it a go we’d love to have you! Facebook
Selwyn College Mixed Netball Club Georgia Burns (gib23) Selwyn’s Mixed Netball team is among the best in the uni, having most recently finished in second place in the whole university. We play one match at the weekend throughout Michaelmas and Lent term, along with occasional training/taster sessions and several socials. We are a very enthusiastic, friendly and (slightly) competitive team, and are always happy to gain new members! Facebook
Selwyn College Pool Club Marcus Boyle (mab246)
Selwyn College Rugby Club Tom Osborn (tao29) Rugby at Selwyn is formed of players from both Selwyn and Peterhouse. The club has had plenty of success over the last 4 years, competing with John’s for the division one title in 2015 and winning the Cuppers Plate in 2017. With a lot of the older players graduating, there is a lot of potential for new players to get involved and play plenty of rugby every weekend! This is organised by Greg Beazley of Peterhouse this year, who is happy to welcome people who are new to the game or those who are interested in returning to it.
Selwyn College Squash Club Luke Smith (ldss2) Selwyn College Squash Club meets every Wednesday from 8-10pm for informal general sessions, where everyone (including beginners) can come along and de-stress with some fantastic (and social) exercise. We have a team and play in the college leagues, with the “cuppers” knockout tournament taking place in Lent term. Facebook
Selwyn College Table Tennis Club Billy Hayes (bh457) We’re a casual club who train weekly, in small groups spread across the week so times are flexible. Having fun and learning from one another is what we really value, so members of all abilities are welcome. We’re not too shabby either – we only started this year and we’re already powering through the inter-collegiate league! If you fancy playing for the college or simply a wee knock back and forth, swing by and play with us.


Society Name (CRSId) Further Information
French Foodies of Selwyn Lina Norder (lhn23) Eddy Sidebotham (eps30) We are a group of friends (three regular members) who meet once a week to experience culinary adventures whilst practicing our spoken French. In Michaelmas Term we had the privilege of hosting some native speakers from different colleges, which has proven really helpful in improving our language skills. We take turns preparing delicious meals for the rest of the club, and after dinner retreat to watch European films - usually French, German or Scandinavian to broaden our cultural horizons (we're very remain). Currently Sweden, Ireland and Australia is represented. Recent successes: - Cooked what was probably the best meal ever prepared on Selwyn grounds in the form of a delicious haloumi burrito (message us for photos) - We are also very environmentally aware - we once fed three people with ingredients from a bin (don't worry - we washed it) If you're at a high level of spoken French and are a talented cook with access to a large gyp then join the French Foodies of Selwyn!
Selwyn College English Society Georgia Burns (gib23) The English Society is the collective name for all students studying English at Selwyn; there are no obligations to attend events, we just want to encourage getting to know each other across years and creating a community within the subject. The society has not been very active until recently, which means a lot of what we do is being shaped as we do it. We try and organise at least one social and one theatre trip per term, but we are very casual and always open to suggestions. We were honoured to have Ann Morgan, a writer and novelist from Selwyn, as guest speaker at the recent society dinner (our formal annual event), which was a lovely evening. At the moment, the society is for students of English only, but we are hoping to set some things up that can be inclusive of any members of college with a love of literature, so keep an eye out! Facebook
Selwyn College FemSoc Mattue Armstrong-Sobolewsk (mca47) Events for women and non-binary students to discuss topics of feminism, gender, sexuality, and much more! We also go to events and discussions across Cambridge whilst also forming a tight-knit support network within Selwyn. Facebook
Selwyn College History Society Tom B-W (teb64) Selwyn History Society is inclusive of all our students either studying history full time, or alongside another degree program. Termly social events and our annual history dinner provides members with an excellent opportunity to get to know students in other years who share the same passion for history.
Selwyn College Jazz Society Phil Mariott (ppm30) Selwyn Jazz is one of Cambridge's longest established and most respected big bands. We're an audition-only band, drawing together the best jazz talent from all over the university. We play an incredibly wide repertoire, encompassing many styles of music. From jazz standards to hard-core funk, laid-back swing to fast Latin, we have something to suit all tastes. Facebook
Selwyn College Medical and Veterinary Society Alex Griffiths (aphg2) and Emma Baghurst We are a society for all medical and veterinary students at Selwyn College. For 60 years we have supported students here through welfare, talks and funding. Facebook
Selwyn College Music Society Alex Jones (amj55) Selwyn College Music Society has a rich history of weekly Sunday recitals with both student and professional performers. We invite all students, regardless of what they study, to join and take part, or simply enjoy these concerts free of charge. We encourage all musical styles and have exciting larger projects every year; recently we have had an opera production, an orchestral concert at the West Road Concert Hall, and visiting professional groups such as Stile Antico and the Chilingirian Quartet. It’s a great platform to perform to a friendly and responsive audience and for you to make your own musical projects a reality! Facebook
Selwyn College Natural Sciences Society President: Beatrice Jones (bej28) Vice President: Rahul Patel (rrp27) Treasurer: David Garbutt (dwg26) We arrange 'stash' for our members and provide a structure of pastoral support, guidance, advice and mentorship. We organise regular 'swaps' with other scientific and philosophical societies around the university, as well as with other Selwyn societies. This a usually a 'formal swap' in that their society will host us at their main college for Formal Hall, and then in return we will host them for Formal at Selwyn. Additionally we have a fantastically popular Annual Black Tie Dinner to which we invite all the 'NatSci' members of the JCR, MCR and SCR, in addition to excellent speakers, alumni. We welcome into our membership first-year Chemical Engineers and Computer Scientists, third-year Medicine and Veterinary Medicine students, and masters or doctoral students researching a scientific field. We round off the academic year with an annual May Week Garden Party. Facebook
The Grange Group Jessie Dong (jd769) Discuss the undiscussed. A space for open discussions on controversial and taboo topics. Join us for a conversation on books, poems, films, documentaries, articles, and art on a range of topics, such as food and sex, hypocrisy, unconventional relationships, and consumerism. Open to all -- arts and science students alike! Facebook
Selwyn Christian Collective Anna Webb (afw41)
Selwyn Christian College is a group of Christians who seek to make Jesus Christ made known in Selwyn. We’re part of the Cambridge Inter-Collegiate Christian Union (CICCU) and welcome Christians from all backgrounds to come along to our weekly meetings where we have chilled Bible studies and pray together, and some fun and games! We aim to equip and encourage each other to live out our faith in university life and to support and pray for each other in the challenges that we face. We meet weekly on Saturday evenings (7-8) but also have social evenings and put on different types of events in college. If you’re at all interested in finding out more about Christianity, God, or have questions about life in general, we’d be delighted to chat to you about these! Look out for our events and wider CICCU events we’ll be running to give you a chance to explore these questions. We’re particularly proud in Selwyn of our Text-a-Toastie evenings, where we deliver free toasties to your rooms and answer your questions! Facebook
Selwyn College Jewish Society Natalie Saideman (nss54)