Cambridge Super Bowl Party 2016

Cambridge’s largest American football party will be taking place again this year!  Make sure you join hundreds of other fans for the sixth annual Cambridge Super Bowl Party – hosted by the Cambridge University Pythons American Football Club at its world-famous venue: The Cambridge Union Society.

The game will be shown live on big screens in the historic Chamber and throughout The Union. Food and drink will be available throughout and the American party vibe will be going off, as the we look to bring you both US commentary and commercials from the biggest game of the year.

Buy your tickets now – £5 in advance (£7 on the door) from and click attending on our event Contact for more information or if you require a group booking

Want to watch Super Bowl XLIX at the biggest event in Cambridge

Make sure you join us and hundreds of other fans for the fifth annual Cambridge Super Bowl Party – hosted by the Cambridge University Pythons American Football Club at the world-famous venue, the Cambridge Union on February 1st.

Watch the New England Patriots take on the Seattle Seahawks in Arizona. The Seahawks defeated the Packers in overtime in a thrilling Championship game and are trying to repeat last years success in the Super Bowl, while the Patriots eased past the Colts in their Championship game. The two teams were ranked the two best in the league during the regular season, so it should be an exciting game.

Advanced tickets £5 online ( or via a Pythons team member and join the Facebook event ( Contact for more information.

Tickets are £7 on door. Doors will close shortly after Kick Off.

RUN for Cambridge

Are you female? Do you like to run?

I’m emailing as co-captain of the Womens IIIrds (Gazelles) to ask if you would consider running in the cross country Varsity match on Saturday 29th November.

The Mens IVths and Womens IIIrds races take the form of ‘Mob Matches’ meaning the more runners Cambridge can field against Oxford, the greater the chance of victory. Therefore, I would strongly encourage you to race – whatever your current fitness level.

IIs-IVs Varsity is at home this year (at Wandlebury country park) and transport from the central Cambridge will be provided. Please get in touch for more details (email raf48) if you are keen to run and sign up using this handy form

Should you need any extra incentive, this year’s afterparty promises to be great fun as always.


Cambridge Uni Pythons Season

Cambridge University Pythons season starts on Sunday! After a 7-1 season last year, we kick off the new season by hosting the Oxford Brookes Panthers on the 16th of November.

Following a great practice scrimmage against ARU two weeks before, the Pythons are ready to take a team on in a proper game. Because teams only play each other once in the season, each game is vital to make it into the playoffs! It will be a great game and we would love to have people supporting the team.

The game is at Coldham’s Common on Sunday, with kickoff at 1pm, The team will be around from11am for warmups and pre-game rituals, so do come along anytime from then!

American Football is the UK’s fastest growing sport, so if you want to find out more check out our events page at and if you have any questions drop  us a message at

You can also join us here ( where you can ask questions to both returners and new recruits who are happy to answer any queries you may have, as a spectator or a potential player!

American Football

Did you know Cambridge has it’s own American Football team?  Or that you can join, irrespective of experience? Come to a training session to give it a try!

Head to see when we’re holding our next one.

The Cambridge University American Football Team (the Cambridge “Pythons”) re-formed three seasons ago and plays full contact against other universities in BUCS, reaching the National Playoffs last season. The team is looking to recruit more players than ever this year to build on our success. This season we have an expanded coaching staff, awesome new kit, are applying for Blues status, and will beplaying Varsity in Cambridge at Grange Road(CURUFC home ground).  It’s going to be a great year, whether you want to play or support!

You don’t need to have played or even watched the game before. Most of the team had never played before coming to Cambridge and were a complete mixture of shapes/heights/builds – don’t think you won’t be right for it. There’s a position for everyone on an American Football team and all kit is provided, so there is no need to worry about that.

We’ve had a big influx in new players, most of whom are new to the sport, but are still looking for more people to join us.  If you’re interested in what all the fuss is about we’d love to meet you and show you the ropes and under the guidance of a large and experienced coaching staff you’ll develop quickly into a play-maker.

If you feel like giving it the UK’s fastest growing sport a go, check out our events page (, drop our Facebook page a message ( and join the ‘New Players Forum: Cambridge University Pythons American Football’ group ( to ask any questions you may have – it’s full of returners and new recruits who were once in the same position as you that will be happy to help.

Cambridge Uni Ice Hockey

On the heels of an incredible season last year, the Cambridge University Ice Hockey Team (the “Light Blues”) is presently looking to recruit new players from across the university to play for the varsity squad. If you have played ice hockey at any amateur, competitive or elite level in your lifetime, the Ice Hockey Team wants to hear from you. Training will begin in early October and will last until early March, with on-ice training everySunday night. Have a look at our website for more information: For more information, please contact Captain Jaason Geerts, Don’t hesitate to contact us for more details, training times, and to arrange for any equipment. Hope to see you all on the ice in the coming weeks.  GDBO!

A message from the University of Cambridge Sports Centre

Dear students,

Did you know that as a Cambridge University Undergraduate Student you
already have a Centre Membership to the University of Cambridge Sports
Centre on the West Cambridge site? This membership entitles you to book
and pay for classes and courses at a reduced rate and to book and pay
for courts! All you need to do is turn up at the Sports Centre and
activate your membership (if you haven’t done so already).

For the Michaelmas Term, the University of Cambridge Sports Centre is
excited to announce that they are running some new 6 week courses!
Costing just £15 for each course, the following are starting soon:

BACK TO NETBALL: Starting October 24th

AIKIDO: Starting October 25th


The Sports Centre is also offering No Strings Badminton sessions, where
you can drop in each Monday and Friday lunchtime and for just £1.50 per
session enjoy an hour of badminton!

If you’d like to find out more about these courses and the Sports
Centre’s October Fitness Suite membership offers, please take a look at
their latest newsletter: [1]

You can also contact them with any questions at

Any questions, please let me know.

Thank you!

Lauren Thomas

Lauren Thomas
Sports Marketing Coordinator
Physical Education Department
University of Cambridge Sports Centre


Tel: 44 (0)1223 (3)36593 [2]

Cambridge University Women’s Association Football Club trials

CUWAFC will be holding their annual trials this Saturday (11th) between
2-4 at Fitzwilliam Sports Field on Oxford Road. The trials are open to
all comers during which two squads (Blues team (1sts) and Eagles (2nds))
are selected. There will be strong competition for places so show up
keen to impress. However, there has been a large number of players who
have graduated or gone off on years abroad so there are a lot of places
up for grabs. Please make an appearance even if you cannot make the
whole session or, if you cannot make the session at all, let us know by
email and you can be trialed at one of our subsequent training sessions.

All of the information you will need can be found on our facebook page: [1]

If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch
with us:

Blues Captain: Mel Abegglen (mla47)
Eagles Captain: Zoe Woodward (zw286)
First Team Coach: Jon Mackenzie (jrm94)

We look forwards to seeing you there!

All best,


Johnian Sailing Trip

I matriculated in 1972, and I have been thinking for some time of ways
to contribute something back to the college, beyond the obvious routes
of direct donation or legacy.

As well as being a full-time academic, at the Open University, I am
also a (fairly) keen yachtsman.  I have operated my current boat, “O.D.1”, as
a sail training vessel since 2004; I therefore have to comply with all
the MCA (Maritime and Coastguard Agency) requirements both for the
boat and for me as skipper.  In fact, these rules are the same for a
sole trader, such as myself, operating skippered charter as they are
for any of the larger (UK) companies offering such a service.

I have entered the boat into the Falmouth – Royal Greenwich Tall Ships’
Regatta ( ) at the end of August,
and I would like to offer places on the race to current junior members of St.
Johns, at a discounted rate.

The trip, from 26th August to 8th September would include a delivery
trip from Plymouth to Falmouth, three days of shore-side activities in
Falmouth, the race itself, a cruise in company to Greenwich, and a
couple more days in port.

The “commercial” price, advertised on the boat’s website at, is £450 a head for the 13 days; I would be
looking at something like £325 a head.


As a sail training vessel, O.D.1 complies with the Department for
Transport Code of Practice for Small Commercial Sailing Vessels (the
“blue” code –
ga- pleasurecraftandsmallships/mcga-dqs-cvs-newsletter.htm ).  She was
re-certified to this standard in March of this year.

As Skipper, I hold an RYA Yachtmaster (Ocean) certificate, with a
current “commercial endorsement”.

The vessel is insured for skippered charter, and I am in the process
of arranging a specific endorsement to cover the race itself.

I can provide copies of all of the above documentation, should they be
required, or expand on the requirements of the various certifications
and inspections involved.

David Bowers

(Dr) David S. Bowers CEng FBCS CITP MRIN Senior Lecturer and Programme
Director, Department of Computing The Open University Walton Hall
Milton Keynes MK7 6AA

07711 162358 (personal)

To the maximum extent permitted by law, St John’s College (including its Fellows and members) shall not be liable for any loss, injury or damage arising out of or related to any decision made or action taken in reliance or partial reliance on the information contained in these pages, save that nothing contained in these pages in any way limits or excludes our liability for negligence causing death or personal injury or for anything which may not legally be excluded or limited.  You must be aged 18 or over to join this trip.