Sports & Societies

May 2023 - Christ Church wins Men’s Rugby Cuppers Bowl

Please click on the drop-down menu headings on this page for information about Christ Church's sports facilities, student clubs and societies.

Please visit this page for more information about the Christ Church Boat Club.

Please visit this page for more information about Engagement in the Wider Community, including the College's Student Ambassador scheme. 

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Christ Church’s Sports Facilities

We are very fortunate at Christ Church to have fantastic sports facilities that our students can use. Facilities need to be booked online with an account on, and some facilities are bookable by Captains only.

Please note that our sports facilities are available to current members only.

The Honorary Treasurer of the Amalgamated Clubs is Professor Jason Davis (, who can be contacted if there are any issues.

For general queries or comments, please contact the Sports Reps:

JCR: Jaymin Shah

GCR: Sarah Jackman

Cricket Green
Cricket Nets
Sportsground Pavillion
Grass Courts
Squash Courts
Artificial Tennis Court
Multi-User Games Area
Magdalen College Gym
Oxford University Sports Complex

Football pitches x 2

From October until Easter (MT & HT).

Each bookable (Captains only) from 9am-6pm in one-hour slots.

Rugby pitches x 2

From October until Easter (MT & HT).

Each bookable (Captains only) from 9am-6pm in one-hour slots.

Cricket Green

From Easter until September (TT).

Bookable (Captains only) in half-day slots.

Cricket Nets x 6

Bookable (Captains only) as a single-block item.

From Easter until September (TT).

Bookable in two-hour slots.


Sportsground Pavillion

Bookable (Captains only) in two-hour slots from 9am-6pm all year.


12 grass courts

From Easter until September (TT).

Individually bookable in single-hour slots from 9am-7pm.


Two squash courts

All year.

Individually bookable in one-hour slots from 9am-9pm.

Fobs to be collected and returned from the main college Porters’ Lodge.


A single artificial (fast) tennis court

All year.

Bookable in single-hour slots from 9am-9pm.

Fobs to be collected and returned from the main college Porters’ Lodge or Liddell Lodge.


MUGA (Multi-user Games Area)

Bookable as a single unit for basketball, tennis, hockey, five-aside football.

Single-hour slots all year round from 9am-9pm.

Fobs to be collected and returned from the main college Porters’ Lodge or Liddell Lodge.

The groundsman, Carl, is responsible for the interchange of configurations on the MUGA.  Please do not attempt to move equipment yourselves.



Bookable online in 9am, 2pm and 5.30pm slots.

Available May-end September.

1 boat, 3 punts.

Keys to be collected and returned from the main college Porters’ Lodge.


Partner/University Facilities

Magdalen College Gym

Junior Members are usually permitted to make use of the indoor fitness suite at Magdalen College School, outside the normal school hours of use (08:30 - 17:30 Monday to Friday). Members of Christ Church have priority of use during school terms on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 18:30 - 20:30. Registration and attendance at a short induction are required.


The Oxford University Sports Complex

Christ Church has provided finances that permit all Junior Members membership of the Pulse Gym and Rosenblatt Swimming Pool*. To activate your membership, please show your University Card when you visit the Sports Complex. Updates, including Covid regulations, and full timetables for the pool, gym, and Iffley Road running track are available at

*Please note: The power-lifting (heavy weights) club room requires a separate membership, which is available at a small additional cost to Christ Church Junior Members.


Christ Church Student Clubs and Societies

There are a number of different student societies at Christ Church, which cater for all sorts of interests; some of these are listed below, with links to their own sites.

The President or Captain of a club or society that wishes to be registered (or to reconfirm its registration) at Christ Church must complete a form annually and submit it for approval to the Junior Censor before events can be organised or bookings can be made in public or private rooms or at the sports ground. Note that sports clubs should not apply individually, but should contact the JCR Sports Rep, who will submit the ‘Sports Clubs Registration’ form on behalf of all sports clubs (except the Boat Club).

Download the appropriate form here:

If you are involved with a Christ Church student society and would like it listed here, please contact the Academic Office.

Christ Church Music Society
Christ Church College Choir
Christ Church Boat Club
Christ Church Law Society
Christ Church History Society
Christ Church Drama Society
Christ Church Christian Union
Christ Church LGBTQ+ Society


Christ Church Music Society

Christ Church Music Society (CCMS) represents one of Oxford's biggest and busiest music scenes in the University. Entirely student-run, they oversee an astonishing variety of recitals, concerts and other musical events - boasting one of the city's finest acoustics with the stunning Christ Church Cathedral - and are dedicated to doing their best in giving everyone both in and out of college a chance to perform. All those studying Music are automatically granted membership to attend concerts for free and the society is open to all other students for either a modest annual subscription fee or to buy tickets to concerts. As well as organising concerts featuring a range of soloists and groups, the society oversees the College Choir, the College Orchestra and the annual Christ Church Music Festival. Find out more by emailing Sebastian Thomas

For more information about the College Choir, please visit this page: Christ Church College Choir


Sports Societies

Christ Church Boat Club


Academic Societies

Mansfield Society - the Christ Church Law Society

The Mansfield Society, founded in 1991, is named after the renowned Lord Chief Justice of the King’s Bench and former Christ Church scholar Lord Mansfield. The Society holds a variety of events aimed at those with an interest in the law or intending to pursue a career in this field. These events include lectures that attract distinguished members of the legal profession as well as inter-college mooting competitions and visits to places of legal significance. Members also enjoy a variety of social functions such as garden parties, drinks receptions and the all-important Annual Dinner. The Society maintains close ties with leading Chambers and City law firms in order to allow our Members to start to plan their future careers. These strong relationships result in dinners, workshops and other events that provide an excellent career opportunity for our Members. All Christ Church Law students automatically become members of the Society and we also welcome other non-lawyers with a genuine interest in the law.


S.R. Gardiner History Society  - the Christ Church History Society

This is the Christ Church History Society, which invites a variety of important academics and public figures to speak on different historical topics. It provides the opportunity not just for historians and Tutors, but for students reading for any subject to enjoy lectures beyond their curriculum. We shall be running a lecture series with drinks afterwards as well as hosting a Christmas and Summer Party with myriad Champagnes, wines, and drinks of all varieties. Details of all Lectures and all social events will be both advertised and emailed to all members. We believe intellectual pursuits and pleasure should be attacked with equal vigour and we aim to provide a marriage bed of the two.


Halford MacKinder Society - the Christ Church Geography Society


Other Societies

Christ Church Drama Society

The main event in the college Drama calendar is the Trinity Summer Garden Play, which is always highly enjoyable and entertaining. Many other dramatic activities can be organised at the behest of members throughout the year. If you’re a budding thespian then be sure to get involved with OUDS Cuppers in Michaelmas. This competition is open only to Freshers and provides the opportunity to write, direct and stage short plays alongside other colleges. In addition to this, the University-wide drama society (OUDS) provides more chances to get involved each term than you could possibly imagine; whether you want to work backstage, front of house or perform. Contact the Arts Rep for further information.


Christ Church Christian Union

The Christian Union is a group of students who meet together to have fun and to grow in the knowledge of Christ's love for us. We are here to share the good news of Jesus to Christ Church and the wider Oxford community, and to see our college transformed by his love. We meet weekly to do things like read the Bible, pray together, have brunch, have breakfast (and sometimes dinner too!), discuss questions and encourage one another in our walk with God and lives in Oxford. We can’t wait to get to know you and no matter what you believe, we would love you to get involved with CU events throughout term! It’s a real encouragement to get to know the other Christians in College from across the year groups.


Christ Church LGBTQ+ Society

Christ Church, and the University as a whole, is home to a varied and vibrant LGBTQ+ scene. As well as University-wide events, at Christ Church you will have the chance to take part in crew dates and various other social gatherings and events, no matter what your sexuality. Christ Church's LGBTQ+ Rep is always available for advice on LGBTQ+ issues, general welfare concerns, or even just for a friendly chat.


Christ Church Chess Club