Sports and Societies

A wide variety of clubs and societies - musical, cultural, social and recreational - contribute to St Cross' lively social life. Each year in Freshers' Week we hold a Sports and Societies Fair in the Common Room, where representatives of College clubs and societies answer questions and entice you to join. But most societies take new members year-round, so please see the list of clubs and societies below for more information and contact details.

 

Didn't find the activity you were looking for? We may be able to help you find it elsewhere in the University, or you can start your own St Cross club or society! For more information, contact the St Cross Sports and Societies Representative (sport.societies.rep@stx.ox.ac.uk) in the first instance.

Societies and Clubs

Oxford University Dancesport Club offers classes in ballroom, Latin American, salsa, rock n roll, argentine tango and zumba, and has one of the most successful university dancesport teams in the country.

The classes are taught by professional coaches and cater for everyone from complete beginners to experienced competitive dancers. You do not need to bring a partner or wear special shoes. Non-members of the University are welcome.

The OUDC team is represented in the team matches at inter-university competitions including the annual varsity match against Cambridge. the beginners team represents OUDC in the beginners events at these competitions.

Every year numerous members of St Cross join both the social classes, the beginners team and represent Oxford to earn their blues in the varsity match. For more info contact Archeeta Pujari.

Every year, St Cross College has a carol service, held in the Chapel of Pusey House by kind permission of the Principal of Pusey, Father Jonathan. And every year we form a choir from College members and partners and friends to lead the singing of carols and to perform special Christmas music, just like all the great college choirs of Oxford and Cambridge have done over the centuries. It's good fun and is done on the most economical of rehearsal times, leading up to the service on 4 December, which is followed by a College party and Hall in the College dining room.

All practices start promptly on Thursday of each week at 1.30 and last no more than half an hour. We meet around the piano in the College bar. Meeting really will last no more than half an hour, honest, and we will work hard. If you are a bass, baritone, tenor, alto, soprano, please come; you will be made very welcome!

And it would be very helpful if beforehand you could email diarmaid.macculloch to say that you're interested. But even if you don't mail, come anyway. Diarmaid will be harassing you in various ingenious multi-media ways in order to secure your cheerful participation.

The St Cross Arts Society brings together members of the college and other interested parties in order to promote discussion of all aspects of the arts. The Society meets in college once a term – normally in 8th week – to hear a speaker - usually a member of the college - present on a single artefact, image or text for 5-10 minutes, followed by informal discussion. If you are interested in attending and/or presenting please contact: francis.leneghan@stx.ox.ac.uk 

In Hilary Term 2017 St Cross College launched its own Law Society, thanks to the efforts of Sandro Wiggerich (MJur, 2016). The College has a growing number of students studying for law-related degrees, including students following the BCL, MJur and DPhil programmes, and the Society is aimed at promoting the study of law and providing college members with opportunities to engage with like-minded peers, alumni, and more senior members of the legal profession.

The Society is open to members of St Cross College who have an interest in law, regardless of their specific degree disciplines and research concentration. Associate membership is also available to graduate students at other colleges who do not have access to a collegiate law society.

We currently have keen interests in art and heritage, estate/succession and private clients, and cross-border issues arising in the foregoing. These are by no means exclusive, but somewhat distinguish us from the University’s Law Society, which tends to focus on areas such as public international law.

The Society is currently working on creating a termly e-newsletter, so those student-lawyers who are interested in writing and/or editing are also encouraged to reach out to us. From Michaelmas 2018, the Society will be working in close collaboration with the College Librarian on an annual buying scheme thanks to the support of a generous donor, which gives us a say on the development of the College Library’s law holdings.

We hold a termly drinks reception at the end of Hilary and Trinity terms, and a formal dinner at the beginning of Trinity. 
We also put together ad hoc chats and brainstorming sessions at the College Café and Bar, or at The Oxford University Club (Mansfield Road) which is a short walk from the Law Faculty. 

To help finance the Society's activities, a one-time Life Membership fee of £8 will be requested. If you would like to join the St Cross Law Society as a Life Member, please send an email stating your name, College, degree programme and legal interests to law.society@stx.ox.ac.uk.

Sports

College subsidies are available to help defray the cost of participation in St Cross and University sports. These are allocated once a year in Trinity term. Application is via an online form, which will be circulated by the Sports and Societies Representative.

Whether you are an experienced cricketer or you don’t know outs from overs, give the St Cross-Wolfson Cricket Club a try! We offer everything from competitive matches against other colleges to a "social" cricket team for people who want to learn something about this venerable sport in a more leisurely manner. Contact the cricket team captain Basil Nelis for more information.

Men's

The men's football club is a joint venture with Wolfson, fielding two teams in the intercollegiate leagues and Cuppers, with fixtures every Saturday morning of term. The club trains and has a kickabout at least twice a week during term time, using the facilities at Wolfson, University Club and Iffley Road. It's great fun and we strive, of course, for liquid football. Players of all abilities are welcome and are encouraged to contact either of the captains Elliot Abbott or Matthew McKernan if interested in playing.

Women's

The women's football team the Foxes is an intercollegiate graduate team with St Antony's, Wolfson and Nuffield. The team practices once a week, with a match at the weekend during Michaelmas and Hilary terms (about 4 per term). The Foxes have done extremely well the past few seasons, winning the Oxford University Women's Competition 'Cuppers', in 2015, as well as their division in 2016, gaining a promotion to Division 1. In the 2018/2019 season they won the College League, Hassan’s Cup as well as the Futsal League. The team plays for fun and is open to players of all abilities – please contact captain Lena Reim if you are interested in joining.

Wolfson College Boat Club is a close-knit community, with about a third of us hailing from St Cross. We pride ourselves on being an inclusive yet successful club, regularly winning blades, and having our top men's and women's boats in Division 1. We welcome both experienced rowers and complete novices, and are happy to accommodate the ambitious as well as the more casual rowers. To find out more about the club, visit www.wolfsonrowing.org or get in touch with the men's or women's captains.

Sponsorship opportunities are often available - for the latest information please visit the Wolfson website.

There are courts for squash and tennis available to hire for a small fee at the Iffley Road Sports Centre. If you play a lot of tennis, you may want to join the University Parks Tennis Association. They have grass courts available for use from the end of April until September for a membership fee of £32 per season. There are several other tennis courts around Oxford, including some that are free to use (see https://www.oxford.gov.uk/info/20226/sports/625/tennis). Parks Tennis manages several courts in the public parks of Oxford (see https://parkstennis.co.uk/oxford).

St Cross has made arrangements with the Iffley Road University Gym and St Catherine's College for our students to use their gym facilities. 

Iffley Road University Gym

All members of St Cross can use the University's Iffley Road gym for free. Membership covers the pulse gym (which contains all the cardio equipment and weights machines), and the swimming pool. You can apply for membership at any time, but you must attend an induction session. If you wish to join the powerlifting gym as well, you will have to pay for membership.

St Catherine's College Gym

St Catz College gym, very convenient to the St Cross Annexe, occasionally offers a limited number of new memberships to St Cross students. The Sports Representative advertises via email as and when spaces become available, and they are allocated via lottery. Winners of the lotteries must attend an induction course. Once you have a membership you can renew it for future years.

The cost for the use of the gym is £15 for the year, including the induction fee. This amount will be batteled to you.

Other options

All Oxford graduate students are eligible to join the University Club Gym. http://www.club.ox.ac.uk/sport/gym/ . Membership to the club is free, and membership to the gym is about £50 per year. Visit the University Club for more information.

Finally, googling 'oxford gyms' turns up a variety of private gyms and fitness centers in the city.

If you have any further questions about gym memberships, please contact the Sports Representative (sport.societies.rep@stx.ox.ac.uk).

All Sports Captains should be aware that in the event of any serious injury to one of their team during a sporting activity, they must make contact with the Junior Dean who will in turn contact one of The Master/Bursar/Senior Tutor/Assistant Bursar, who will make a decision on contacting the next-of-kin of the injured student, via the details held in the Student Next-of-Kin Database.”

Didn't find the sport or activity you were looking for? We may be able to help you find it elsewhere in the University, or you can start your own St Cross club! Contact the Sports and Societies Representative (Teele Palumaa) in the first instance.

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