Sports

Magdalen has some of the best sports facilities of any college in the University. There are cricket, football, hockey, and rugby pitches and tennis courts (hard and grass) just a few minutes from the main College. There are also three squash courts in Holywell Ford, complete with showers and changing rooms and observation galleries. College members are welcome to use these facilities, and can acquire the necessary keys from the Porters’ Lodge. There is also a College gym, and College members also have free access to the University sports centre on Iffley Road. The College also has a boathouse on the Isis (the bit of the River Thames that flows through Oxford), and the College punts may be used by members during summer.

There are men’s and women’s teams for rowing, football, hockey, rugby, cricket, tennis, athletics, squash, fives, netball, basketball, badminton, and pool if there is enough demand. The sports are financed by the Combined Clubs Fund (CCF) through grants to each club. The Combined Clubs Fund also assists towards the expenses of those who play in Blues teams for the University.

Magdalen College Boat Club is the largest sports team in College, and receives special additional support from the Friends of Magdalen Boat Club, which offers financial support to the Boat Club to ensure that the cost of membership of the Boat Club is kept as low as possible.