Sport and Sports Facilities

Sport plays an important part in the life of Girton College.

Girton’s main site has the best on-site sports facilities of any Cambridge college. There are full-size well-maintained football, rugby, and cricket pitches. Hard courts for basketball, netball and tennis are also available. Inside, there is a squash court and multi-gym equipped with free weights and a range of other equipment. Girton is the only college to have its own heated indoor swimming pool.

The College is investing to make these facilities even better. A new sports pavilion was opened in 2013, providing enhanced changing facilities and space to socialise. A major refurbishment of the swimming pool, squash courts and gym facilities was also completed the same year.

These superb facilities can also be hired. Training and residential packages are available out of term-time and especially during the summer.

College sports clubs cater for all abilities. Students who have never regarded themselves as sporting types can participate simply for enjoyment, or just to try something new.  On the other hand Girton participates actively in inter-college league and cup competitions, and supports those who wish to try for University places.

Girton fields men’s and women’s teams in football, rugby, hockey, cricket and tennis. There are also swimming, table tennis, squash, darts, water polo, badminton and croquet teams. Students also play sports from ice hockey to lacrosse both locally and at University level.

Rowing is a Cambridge institution and Girton College is very much part of that. Many seize the opportunity to try this sport during their time at College; others simply enjoy watching from the river bank at the annual barbecue in ‘May week’.  There is a thriving Girton College Boat Club (GCBC) which shares a boathouse on the Cam and supports several men’s and women’s crews. For alumni, the Infidels Boat Club supports College rowing and offers a varied calendar of social and rowing events in Cambridge, London and further afield.

There is an alumni sporting community beyond rowing, too. The Girton Alumni Sports Association (GASA) bring together alumni and students who share a passion for sport. It organises a growing programme of events and fixtures for GASA members, which includes the alumni versus students fixtures, and social events.