Men's Football - SJCAFC
St John's College Association Football Club (SJCAFC) is the most magnificent club of them all. With 3 men's teams, all skill levels are welcome.
St John's College Football Club (also known as The Poulets) play in the first of the six college divisions. We often fluctuate between the first and second division, and are in the process of trying to cement John's as a team that consistently ranks amongst the best college football sides. The standard of division one football is usually very high, giving players a chance to compete against, and with, the best the uni has to offer. Each year we lose essential players as they finish their degrees, so we are always eager to welcome new players into the first team. Please come along to our pre-season if you're interested!
The 2nd team had a very strong season in the 3rd division being the highest placed 2nd team of any college and a strong run to the quarter finals in the Plate. The 3rds finished 4th in the 6th division with the highlight of their season being getting to their cup.
1st Captain: Lucca Martins
2nd Captain: Benjamin Herring
3rd Captain: Ed Brewer
Women's Football - John's and Kings
The John's and Kings women's football team is one of the most friendly, fun teams at college. Open to all abilities (even beginners!), we have weekly training sessions and matches most weekends. It is also a great way to meet people at Johns and at Kings, and we organise socials throughout the year.
We were very successful in the 2021/22 season, gaining promotion into the second division, and reaching the semi-finals of the inter-college cuppers tournament. We hope to see you at a training session or social soon!
Contact captain Jenny (jcd75) for more detail.
Men's Rugby - SJCRUFC
St. John's College Rugby Union Football Club, more affectionately known as the Redboys, is the most successful college sports teams Cambridge has ever seen. Our well-decorated trophy cabinet dates back to the 1800s, where Redboys past and present performed well on and off the pitch.
Our successes can be attributed to the hard work we invest in our training and fitness, and the commitment of senior players to coach players of all experiences. Joining the Redboys is one of the best decisions you can make whilst studying at St John's - you'll forge friendships and create memories that will last a lifetime!
For more information, please contact our very friendly Captain, Matthew West, or our equally amicable Vice Captain, Eddie Kembery.
Women's Hockey - The Mags
The Mags are one of the most successful hockey teams in Cambridge and one of the most social teams in college. We compete in the College Mixed League with the Mogs as a unified St John's College Hockey Club (SJCHC) and can boast wins in both Division 1 and Division 2 for the 2022/2023 season. We have four mixed teams in the league, so all abilities are welcome!
The Mags are a super social bunch with various socials throughout the year ranging from more relaxed socials within the Mags, to larger swaps with other sports teams at St John's. As such a friendly and welcoming club, you'd struggle to find a better women's sports team to be a part of.
If you're a novice or expert, or anywhere in between, and are keen to join the Mags, please feel free to drop any questions you may have to our Captain, Lottie (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Lottie Cotterell - Women's Captain 2023-24
Men's Hockey - The Mogs
The Men’s Hockey Club, honourably known as ‘The Mogs’, are one of the largest sports teams in college, with over 20 players coming from a wide range of hockey backgrounds. The Mogs have recently merged with the Women’s Hockey Club (The Mags) to create a united St John’s College Hockey Club (SJCHC) that participates in the College Mixed League. Since then, SJCHC has become the largest and most successful college team, with recent accomplishments including coming 1st in the Michaelmas and Lent leagues for 2 years in a row as well as coming 2nd in this year's annual Cuppers knockout tournament – narrowly losing to Jesus by one goal.
We have at least one training session a week, open to newcomers as well as those with experience playing hockey, with social events and games also happening on a weekly basis. The club is very welcoming to people who have never played hockey before, providing coaching and support to those picking up a stick for the first time. If you’re interested in getting involved with SJCHC, don't hesitate to contact our Club President Will Gibbens (email@example.com) or myself (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Alex Clarke – Men’s Captain 2023-24
At John's, mixed netball is one of the sports increasing in popularity the fastest. A large uptake during Covid year meant that John's entered two teams into the league system and the cup competition in 2021/22 for the first time. These teams currently sit in strong positions in the second and fourth divisions. Mixed netball is open to everyone (by virtue of 'mixed') - and this also means people of all abilities and levels of experience. It is one of the best ways in John's to simultaneously make friends, get some good exercise, and visit other colleges - and all at a low commitment level (no training, relatively quick matches). It is definitely worth considering joining the SJCMNC!
Please contact Ben (bpc41) for more details.
Netball - SJCNC
The Netball Club at St Johns has long been one of Cambridge's most successful netball squads, but is also an extremely welcoming club that is open to anyone. Every year we compete in the league and Cuppers fielding up to 2 teams, normally placing quite high up in both tournaments. This year our 1sts have celebrated reaching the Cuppers final and are so far unbeaten in the league with high hopes of winning it.
Please Contact Claire (ckf30) for more details
Rowing - LMBC
Founded in 1825, the Lady Margaret Boat Club (LMBC) is one of the oldest and most successful college boat clubs on the River Cam! We offer rowing programmes for both complete beginners and experienced rowers in Michaelmas which are packed with social events, races and more.
We welcome over 100 Feshers every year at our famous Boat House BBQ and trials - making it one of St John's most popular sporting societies!
Anyone interested in signing up should contact Charli Hendy (Women's Captain, email@example.com) or Francis Terherne-Pollock (Men's Captain, firstname.lastname@example.org), as well as follow us on Facebook and Instagram @ladymargaretbc for more information.
St John's Mixed Lacrosse is currently in the top division of the College League, having been promoted in the Lent 2022 season. The team is very welcoming and, while maintaining a competitive spirit, is a relaxed and fun environment. Mixed Lacrosse is for everyone at St John's, no prior experience is needed and most of the current team tried Lacrosse for the first time at St John's - beginners are always welcome. Anyone interested in joining and trying out Lacrosse should contact the captain, George Whittome (gdw30).
The St John's College Dancesport team welcomes dancers of any level of experience, from complete beginners to Blues athletes. We compete in the annual cuppers competition organized by the Cambridge University Dancesport team.
While we do not organize any classes ourselves, we organize shared practice sessions at the Palmerston room, and have produced many Blues athletes over the years.
St John's College Ultimate is one of the friendliest sports teams in college; we have great spirit both on the pitch and off. We are very welcoming and strike a good balance between playing for fun, and playing to win.
Ultimate is a superb sport and we are looking to build the team over the next couple of seasons, so please do try us out (whether you've played before or not!). In term times we have one match each weekend and an (optional) midweek training (all pretty informal). Regular socials too!
Please email Rayyaan Hector (email@example.com) or Arefin Haque (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you'd like more information
Swimming and Water Polo
Historically St John's has had a strong swim team which competes in the annual cuppers competition, normally held in Easter term.
Many swimmers at John's also compete in the cuppers water polo league in a legendary combined team with Churchill. This year we are revamping college league with more opportunities to play and represent the college.
The college teams do not provide supplementary training- all of us are members of the university team, but don't be put off joining CUSWPC as we cater for a wide range of abilities. Taster sessions and trials are held every year. Please message the CUSWPC Instagram account for more information.
The St John's College Badminton Club welcomes players of any ability to come enjoy some casual and/or competitive play with us. Casual training sessions open to everyone are held in the Palmerston room (commencing 31.10.19).
We also have teams competing in the termly college open league (COL) and the annual Cuppers tournament in Lent.
St. John's College Squash Club are a relatively new team to the intercollegiate squash ladder but have moved up through the divisions extremely fast - gaining an arising rep for having a strong and competitive team.
We also host a recreational session once a week for anyone of any ability to come enjoy some casual squash.
Squash captain : Sam Hewson (sh2099)
St John's Voices
St John's Voices is the College's extremely fine mixed-voice choir. Founded in 2013, SJV is one of Cambridge's newest choirs, and is made up of male and female students of the College.
Renowned for being friendly and relaxed as well as for its remarkably high musical standards, the choir sings evensong on Mondays in the beautiful College Chapel, as well as concerts, international tours, recordings and other performances. This year the choir will be launching their debut professional recording, on the Naxos label, and will be touring Germany during the Easter vacation.
The choir is directed by Graham Walker (email@example.com). More about St John's Voices may be found on their website.
Lady Margaret Players
The Lady Margaret Players are the St John's College theatrical society, funding and promoting the dramatic arts within College and beyond. We strive to encourage Johnians and Non-Johnians alike to take part in performing arts, running theatrical events and aiming to build an inclusive community of theatre-lovers. We put on a freshers' plays, student-written shows, May Week garden shows and comedy scratch nights and accept applications to fund other theatrical projects across Cambridge.
President: Beatrix Swanson Scott
Secretary: Benji de Almeida Newton
Events Officer: Jasper Cresdee-Hyde
Publicity Officer: Emily Cavanah
Junior Treasurer: James Culhane
Senior Treasurer: Professor John Kerrigan
Aquila - Female A Cappella Group
Open to all female students, Fellows and staff members of St John’s, Aquila is a friendly and inclusive group for people who enjoy singing for fun, directed by Dr Chloe Allison. Whether you have lots of experience or want to try singing for the first time, you’re welcome to join, and no audition is required. Group singing can improve physical and mental health, and it’s the perfect way to escape the pressures of work and meet new people. Rehearsals are weekly on Tuesdays 5.15-6.45pm in term time. Keep an eye on the Aquila Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/johnsaquila for details of rehearsals and events.
MedSoc represents both the Medics and Vets at John's. We organise social events through out the year including swaps, the garden party and annual society dinner.
There are also regular talks open to everyone. If you have any questions please contact the secretary Anna (ars59) for more details or check out our website
St John's College Architecture Society - SJCAS
The aim of SJCAS is to promote architecture as an academic discipline within the college community, represent and promote the interests of architecture students towards the Tutors and the Governing Bodies of College, look after the Art Room (aka Architecture Hut) and the subject-relevant equipment stored there (and purchase additional pieces for the course should the need arise) as well as provide access to the Art Cupboard within that room for its members.
Additionally, it is a key function of SJCAS to organise speaker-events by inviting relevant professionals to host talks, open discussions and career sessions for the members of the society and other members of the college, should they be interested.
The St John's Christian Union
The Christian Union is a group of students in St John's who love Jesus, follow him, and want to tell others about his amazing love for us! We meet once a week for a fun time of sharing, prayer, and learning more about our faith. We run events in College every term, and also join with other Colleges for University-wide events (visit ciccu.org.uk to learn more). All are welcome to join us!
St John's Beekeepers Society
We are a group of novice beekeepers caring for (currently) 3 charming colonies of honey bees, with the aim of producing honey every year. Everyone is very welcome to join our hive visits and get hands-on, with absolutely no experience or commitment required. Come along to don an invincible bee suit, delve into a hive of thousands of bees, and learn more about their fascinating behaviour.
Throughout the year, we run seasonal events, tastings and regular hive visits during the honey gathering season. We can also send interested beginners onto a regional beekeeping course to become the next generation of Johnian beekeepers.
St John's Picturehouse
St John's Picturehouse is an independent student-run cinema located in the Fisher Building. We host regular screenings every Sunday 7pm and 10pm, as well as occasional student film launches and other events. Our programme includes a wide range of genres, recent releases and old classics, blockbusters and smaller independent films, live action, animation, documentary and more. Students from all colleges are welcome to attend.
You can also join the team if you'd like to get involved in programming, publicity and operating our cinema-grade projector! Committee is normally elected for the start of Easter term - head to our facebook page for more information on this term's films & opportunities to get involved!
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