Sport abounds at Magdalen. Old hands and novices alike can join rowing, football, netball, rugby (and more) clubs. College and alumnae generously provide the funds for equipment. College members elect the captains each year. The best part is that anyone, at any level of experience, can take part in the various sports available. If traditional sports aren’t for you, Magdalen recently won kayak polo cuppers. College punts are also available to anyone who wants to use them in Trinity term.

We have facilities that enable cricket, netball, football, hockey, rugby and tennis to be played at the Bear Pit, our sports ground. We also have a boathouse on the Isis (as the stretch of the Thames river in Oxford is called). With so many facilities and sports available to get involved in, Magdalen truly has a thriving sports scene.

College basketball is a great opportunity for anyone who wants to get involved with basketball – no matter what the skill level. There is the college league, where there are weekly games and the winner decided by the end of Hilary term. A cuppers tournament held in Trinity is a slightly more formal tournament but still great fun. It’s a great way to get involved in college life and meet other freshers and students. 

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Anyone can play football at Magdalen, whether it’s for the 1s or the highly successful 2s. In Michaelmas and Hilary we have 11-a -side games, and we play futsal in Trinity. We’ve been on the very brink of promotion for two years now in the 1s, but our team this year (provided the Freshers come and play) will be really strong and we’re bullish about our chances. The 2s are the best 2s team in Oxford, having won their first division last year. It’s a great blend of competitiveness and a good laugh, so make sure not to forget your boots and shin pads for our training session in Freshers’ week.

Women’s football is a brilliant team sport to get involved with, especially if you’re not sure where to start with extracurricular activities. The girls on the team are so friendly and welcoming, regardless of your previous experience with football. If you’re looking for a relaxed environment to make friends college-wide and fit some exercise into your schedule, football is ideal. In Michaelmas and Hilary, we play matches once a fortnight with the occasional training session to work on technique. Our main goal is to get as many girls on the pitch as possible – every moment on the ball counts.

We play mixed matches against other colleges on Sundays. All abilities are welcome. Our one and only practice session will be during Freshers Week so please do come along. We can provide sticks if you don’t have one, but you’ll need to bring your own shin pads and mouthguard. Hockey at Magdalen is really good fun, very relaxed, and a great way to run off those post-Bop hangovers!

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Widely considered to be the most fun college sport at Magdalen, Mixed Lacrosse has an excellent social: training ratio, a very friendly team, and is really welcoming. Traditionally lots of freshers sign up for this one, and almost everyone starts as an absolute beginner- I promise! The only requirements are trainers and not enough to do on Sunday afternoons. We play a league match every week, plus tournaments (Magdalen v Magdalen in Hilary Term and cuppers in Trinity term). Sign up for a super fun sport, great crew dates, and a chill way to meet new people.


Rowing at Magdalen is great fun and caters for all levels: from absolute beginners to considerably experienced. Magdalen is in the top division for rowing across the colleges so training is taken seriously and can be quite tough (particularly for those in the top group for men and women) but despite the blisters and the early mornings it’s an incredibly, if not the most, rewarding experience. Unlike other sports, there is a whole cult around rowing: competitions (torpids in Hilary and Summer VIIIs in Trinity term) attract thousands of spectators and free Pimms flows like rivers.

Rugby at Magdalen is a sport that caters to all abilities. We have one coached training session and one match a week. This year we have secured consecutive promotions to the first division, as well as getting to the final of the Cuppers plate. Off the pitch, many social events (both external and internal) are put on by the club’s social secretary. So no matter if you’re an academy player or never played before find us at the Magdalen Freshers’ Fair.


Most of the tennis at Magdalen takes place during Trinity term when the Cuppers and League tournaments take place and Magdalen’s six lovely grass courts open up. However, Magdalen also has three hard courts on which sporadic training takes place during the rest of the year. The Magdalen team currently sits in the first division of the league, however, the team switches around quite a lot and hence there are plenty of opportunities for players of any level to have a go at representing the college. 

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ALTS Ice Hockey, is non-contact, beginner friendly icehockey. It usually happens twice a week during term, on Wednesdays and Fridays late in the evening. You don’t need to know how to skate, and you can rent skates at the rink. The college pays both for the rink fee and the skate rental. ALTS is a great way to get involved with Ice Hockey on a no-commitment, beginner friendly basis. All abilities welcome!

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