Sports

Sport at St. John’s is as varied as you could imagine. There are college teams for most sports, with new teams being created still. As you might expect for an Oxford college, rowing is a hugely popular sport here, and in recent years St. John’s College Boat Club (SJCBC) has enjoyed huge success in the intercollegiate ‘bumps’ regattas, called ‘Torpids’ and ‘Summer Eights’. As with all the clubs here, people of any experience are actively encouraged to get involved, and large numbers of fresh faces join and learn to row from scratch every year. It is not uncommon for undergraduates to learn to row as part of SJCBC and end up representing the university in one of the university squads against Cambridge.

Other Sports teams at SJC have found success recently, with our rugby team being promoted in the college leagues last season, and both mens’ and womens’ football teams doing well. SJC has two gyms, one only completed and opened in 2012, along with squash courts and a table tennis room on site. These are open to anyone, at pretty much any time of day. SJC has plenty of squash talent, with 3 mens teams competing in the college leagues, one of which won the intercollegiate ‘cuppers’ tournament last year.

The Ultimate Frisbee team (SJCUF) was only created a 3 years ago, but already has a strong presence at college level, coming third in the Spring league last year, and currently heading this years table, and despite comprising of a large number of complete beginners, has 5 players in the university squad.

St. John’s also fields lots of teams in the annual croquet cuppers – the perfect sport for relaxing in the sun!

This is just a taste of what sport there could be for you at SJC – what is certain is that whether you are trying something new, or practically professional, there are always opportunities to do what you want here, and people to help you develop your skills. SJC has lots of students in university sports teams and clubs as well (cross country, cycling, cheerleading, boxing, pentathlon, rowing, tennis, squash and pool just off the top of my head), so there is always someone to give advice on how to get the most out of sport here in Oxford.