All students are invited to use the College sports facilities, both on campus and at our newly opened sports ground on Long Road. We encourage our students to explore all aspects of College and University life – including extra curricular activities – and pride ourselves on the welcoming and inclusive College sports teams.
Homerton is home to a 24-hour gym and dance studio with mirrored walls, ballet bars and a wireless speaker system. We also have extensive grounds where students can play sports and games outside in the summer months, including the use of our football pitches.
For facilities not available on-site, Homerton students have access to Hills Road sports centre conveniently located next door to the College, which has a range of tennis surfaces, squash court, indoor cricket nets and a sports hall.
The college gym is well equipped and opens 24 hours a day to current undergraduates, postgraduates, Fellows, and staff. Student membership is included in termly rents. Those not living in college, staff, and Fellows, pay a small annual fee.
The gym contains:
- two treadmills
- two bikes
- three AMT machines with open stride
- a cross-trainer
- two FTS glide machines
- a smith machine
- a leg curl/extension
- stretch area; fit balls, medicine balls, yoga mats
- four rowing machines
- weights area
- two super bench
- one adjustable bench
- one Multi press bench
- changing and shower facilities
New sports facilities on Long Road
Homerton College, in partnership with St Mary’s School have created a new state of the art sports facility on Long Road. The development allows our students to discover, experience and excel in a wide range of sport and will be used for training and competition.
These facilities include:
- Two floodlit Astroturf pitches – one for hockey, lacrosse, ultimate Frisbee and one for football and rugby
- three floodlit tennis and netball courts
- cricket nets
- high jump and long jump facilities
- junior grass football pitch and in summer an athletics track
- a pavilion with four changing Rooms; small kitchen, seating area and medical rooms (To be ready by Sep. 2021)
In support of Cambridgeshire County council’s health and wellbeing strategy, the facilities will also be open for community use. Working with Ingleton Wood Martindale’s Ltd, the Long Road scheme was designed to minimise environmental impact and the site's overall carbon footprint.
- Installation of solar panels
- energy-efficient lighting and floodlights
- protection of key wildlife corridors
- planting additional trees
- meadow planting
- anti-flood provision in the drainage scheme
College Sports Teams
Our student sports clubs regularly field teams at various levels in the university-wide annual ‘cuppers’ tournaments. Our teams are usually known as the Griffins, and all college sports societies are coordinated through the Homerton Union of Students (HUS).
Most college sports teams host open training sessions during freshers week where all students are encouraged to try out new sports and meet other students. This is a great opportunity to start a new sport as a beginner.
At Homerton, we currently have active teams in the following sports:
- Table Tennis
- Ultimate Frisbee
If you don't find 'your' sport when you arrive at Homerton, we also encourage our students to set up new clubs, with help from the HUS. Current students should contact the HUS Sports Officer or Treasurer with any queries.
In addition to the wide array of sports played in college, there are also numerous teams across the university to play with students from other colleges. These can be found in the Students Union directory of Cambridge societies.
Homerton Sporting Success
In 2020, our Ladies Netball team were promoted to a higher league for the coming season in 2021/22.
Homerton College Boat Club (HCBC) has seen great success over the past year, competing in both the May and Lent 'Bumps' tournament against other Cambridge colleges: Our novice women's eight team qualified into the top novice division during June Eights Regatta this year! We have also seen two HCBC rowers represent Homerton at the Henley Royal Regatta 2021.
We are especially proud to see Homerton Alumni Henry Fieldman (MPhil Education, 2012) and Olivia Coffrey (MBA Business Administration, 2017) compete in the Tokyo Olympics 2020 (postponed to 2021) for Team GB and USA respectively.
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