Sports

Some of Keble's finest achievements come from its great sports teams. At Oxford, you can play sport at the university level or the college level. While the uni level tends to be more serious, getting involved in college sport is a great way to meet new people, stay active, and fuel your competitive edge- all teams also have a great social scene!

The captains of Badminton, Cricket, Croquet, Dancesport, Darts, Men's & Women's Football, Hockey, Lacrosse, Netball, Men's, Women's & Coxes' Rowing, Rugby, Squash, Tennis, and Yoga have represented their club here - take a look through the captain's greetings and be sure to check out all the stands at the Fresher's fair!

A few words to keep in mind:

Blues - University-level sports teams

Cuppers - Intercollegiate tournament

League - Normal matches played throughout the year

Badminton

Hello all! We're Jenny and Justin - the captains for Keble badminton this year. Keble College Badminton is a friendly club open to all Keblites at any level of experience; it can be as relaxed or as competitive as you like, with no expectations! So even if you've never held a racquet before but would like to try it out, just come along! The members of the club range over many levels of experience (so there's something for everyone).

We have men's and mixed teams in the first division of the University badminton leagues in which we play other colleges. We also play in the knockout tournament, and men's cuppers. The club runs hourly sessions once a week on Saturdays and we provide shuttles and, on request, racquets, for the sessions. Keble badminton begins on Saturday 8th October (0th week). We look forward to seeing you there!

If you have any questions feel free to contact us at jenny.tian@keble.ox.ac.uk or doy.leung@keble.ox.ac.uk.

Cricket


Hi, I'm David, captain of Keble Cricket for this year.

Keble has had some strong teams in the past and has won Division 1 twice in the past 4 years. We compete in both a 40/40 league and T20 cuppers tournament and having had a slightly disappointing season last year, we'll be keen to get back to winning ways this season!

As a club we represent a wide range of abilities and so even if you haven't played before and are interested in picking it up you'll be welcome. We play our games in the Trinity term but will try to get some training in before the season starts. I look forward to seeing you down at the nets!

If you've got any questions feel free to get in touch: david.williams@keble.ox.ac.uk

Croquet

Hello all! We are Eddie and Harry, your Keble Croquet Captains.

From the vast majority who have never picked up a mallet in their lives to veterans of the sport dressed in questionable chinos, croquet really does offer itself to everyone! Be it for a competitive game or for a sunny afternoon of procrastination with Pimm's in hand, what better place is there to try it than the hallowed lawns of Keble College?

Croquet Cuppers 2016 was the single biggest sporting event in Oxford University last year with over 2000 participants - almost 10% of the University - and a strong Keble representation. Keble also put on its own College Cuppers which helped raise money for our JCR charity.

Coming to a quad near you next Trinity, we look forward to seeing you all!

Dancesport

Hello! We are Catherine and Charlie, the Keble Dancesport captains for 2016-17. The Keble Dancesport society runs weekly lessons in ballroom and Latin dancing, taught by the excellent Bruce, one of the dance teachers affiliated with the main university Dancesport society (OUDC). The lessons are great fun and taught in a friendly, informal way, with no experience required or assumed. Keble Dancesport is a fantastic way to meet new people, to exercise and to learn the skill of ballroom and Latin dancing – even if you've never danced before or think you have two left feet! The cost is usually £3 for a two-hour lesson, so they are also excellent value!

Keble also enters a team into the annual Dancesport Cuppers competition, which takes place in Trinity term. We have a great track record of Cuppers success, with more wins than any other college in the history of the competition.

If you're interested in finding out more or have any questions, please feel free to contact us at charles.oakley@keble.ox.ac.uk or catherine.bucknell@keble.ox.ac.uk - we'd love to hear from you, and hope to see lots of you soon! Keep dancing!

Darts

Hi, I'm Gogs captain of Keble Darts Club (the mighty KCDC) for 2016-17.

We're a super friendly bunch of people, and whether you know your breakfast from your goldilocks or have never thrown a dart, would encourage you to get in touch if you have the slightest inclination of playing!

As a club we had something of a renaissance last year increasing our membership and managing to finish 2nd in the league. We're hoping to build on this momentum next year but will continue to have a super laidback atmosphere.

We hope to enter at least two teams in the league next year so there will be plenty of opportunities to play matches against other colleges in the league and also in cuppers (Trinity term).

Feel free to email me (gogulan.karunanithy@keble.ox.ac.uk) if you have any questions or want to know when we'll next be in Keble Bar for a throw!

Football - Men's

Hi, I'm Rory, football captain/we're the Keble Football Committee for 2016-2017. Whether you fancy yourself as the Parks Road Pele, or as more of a casual (Umbro gear mandatory), then football is the sport for you. We have two teams, with our 1XI in the Premier League, Oxford's top division, and managing to consistently challenge for top honours by giving the vaunted '110%' in place of any actual talent. Our 2XI, who reached the quarter finals of the Reserves Cuppers last year, has players ranging from the temperamental to the truly awful, and our weekly games are a great laugh for anybody that chooses to get involved (shinpads strongly advised). We also maintain a number of largely manufactured but nonetheless enjoyable rivalries with other colleges: the aulde enemy Teddy Hall, Worcester and newfound enemies Regent's Park.

On the social side of things, we hope bond as a club in ways other than finding new words to describe alcohol *Keble Rugby*. Though visits to drinking establishments may indeed feature on the social calendar, KCAFC is also a lively presence on social media, frequents the JCR to indulge in the finest that our Sky Sports subscription has to offer (Chelsea fans need not apply), and we also aim to have (at least) weekly kickabouts in Uni Parks. Please get in touch if you have any questions (rory.grant@keble.ox.ac.uk), and we hope to see you involved!

Da boiz x

Football - Women's

Hi! I'm Sarah, co-captain of the Keble/Hertford women's football team!

Interested in playing women's football? It doesn't matter whether you've played at all before; our team (joint with Hertford) is super relaxed and will welcome any skill level. We hold trainings once a week in order to improve football skills, and play casual matches against other colleges. It is also a great way to not only get to know other people from your college, but also get to know some people from Hertford too!

If you're interested in finding out more, or have any questions, feel free to email me at sarah.shao@keble.ox.ac.uk!

Hockey

Hey, our names are Jan and Lucy and we are the Men's and Women's Keble Hockey captains for 2016-17!

Whether you enjoy playing hockey competitively or haven't picked up a stick in a few years, Keble Hockey is a great way to meet new people and have a run around while hopefully beating some other colleges along the way!

Keble has a reputation of fielding strong men's, women's (combined with Teddy Hall) and mixed teams. Last year we reached the semi-finals in each competition and our record in mixed cuppers is formidable in recent years. We hope that this year we can return to the finals once again!

Matches are normally on a Sunday down at Iffley but we hope to have the odd bit of 6 aside hockey in the case that there is no game that weekend.

We are hoping to have a gentle session of hockey at the beginning of term so that everyone can meet each other and hopefully we can enjoy the sun too!

As a group we are a very sociable bunch and there will be around three crewdates each term with Keble sports teams (in the first term) and then other college hockey teams in the second and third term.

If you have any questions or are interested in playing please email Jan (janith.thilakawardana@keble.ox.ac.uk) or Lucy (lucy.donovan@keble.ox.ac.uk) and we hope to see you in October! Both of us also play university hockey so if you are interested about that as well just drop us a message.

Lacrosse

Hi, I'm Catherine (Cat). I'm in my 2nd year studying Human Sciences and Keble Lacrosse Captain.

Mixed lacrosse at Keble is a fun sport to get involved in! We have matches against other colleges ever Saturday morning during Michaelmas term, and in Trinity we will be training for the Cuppers (inter-college) tournament that's held midway through the term.

It doesn't matter if you haven't picked up your stick since school, or you're a total new-comer to the game - everyone is welcome! It's also a great way to keep fit, meet other people at Keble, and can complement other University sports. I will be holding training sessions to teach the basics (we have spare sticks) and hopefully some social activities to get the new team together.

Last year we had a really successful season with a mix of University players and first-time players on the team. Feel free to get in contact with me if you're interested - my email is catherine.haigh@keble.ox.ac.uk, and on Facebook. I'll also be around during Fresher's week.

Netball

Hello! I'm Emily, a second year lawyer and captain of Keble netball this year.

As a team we did very well last year, with a strong performance throughout the year in Division 1. Keble were winners of Cuppers (inter-college tournament) and we would like to replicate that this year!

Netball is a brilliant sport to get involved in with a chance to meet people from all years in college. We have an incredibly welcoming team for people of all abilities so it doesn't matter if you've played since you were little or you've never played before, we'd love to have you come down to training!

We usually train and play in one division match a week. We may also play ‘friendlies' against other colleges. We're open to anyone interested, although as we're now in Division 1, men or anyone who identifies as a male can't play in the division matches. If this applies to you, you can still train and play in friendlies so don't let it stop you from coming along!

If you're interested in getting involved, or just want to find out more, please get in touch at emily.ostridge@keble.ox.ac.uk.

Rowing - Men's



Hi, I'm Sven, Keble Men's Rowing Captain.

Soon you'll arrive in Oxford and you will recognize lots of rowing chat about blades (Rowing Trophy), squaring, timing and fitness. Undoubtedly, rowing is the most popular sport in Oxford with two huge intercollegiate competitions in Hilary and Trinity Term (Torpids and Summer Eights respectively).

This upcoming year is going to be one of the most important years for Keble Boat Club and Keble sports in general, our first Men's boat has reached the top of all boats (3rd position) for Summer eights and aims to win and become Head of the River (Last time this was achieved was back in 1977).

So you'll have the opportunity to join in a big year for Keble, whether you are an experienced rower or you've never been on the water before, whether you just want to get a little bit of exercise and gain fitness or you're aiming for blades and glory in competitive rowing: everyone is very welcome!

An amazing team of coaches will help you to improve sooner than you think and the spirit and social life of our crew will make this an unforgettable time for you!

Contact me for any questions: sven.jaeschke@keble.ox.ac.uk!

Rowing - Women's

Hey! I'm Melissa, the Keble women's rowing captain.

Keble College Boat Club is the one of the strongest boat clubs on the river, with some of the best equipment and an incredible coach. Whether you're already fairly sporty or a complete novice, rowing with Keble will keep you fit and healthy, while also enjoying some college spirit, great mates and some serious competition.

It's an amazing opportunity to meet people across year groups and subjects, as well as across colleges, while having a lot of fun. With our women's first boat in its highest ever position at 6th on the river for Summer Eights (the highlight of the rowing calendar), you'll become part of a motivated and tight-knit squad committed to the journey towards our first headship. Joining KCBC could mean you'll be part of making Keble history!

See you on the river! Mel xox (melissa.hinkley@keble.ox.ac.uk)

Rowing - Coxes

Hey, I'm Michael, the Captain of Coxes at Keble this year. My role is to look after and coordinate all of the coxes within Keble College Boat Club (KCBC) to make sure that every boat that goes out has a cox in it!

Rowing is one of the most recognizable Oxford traditions and forms one of the largest communities within the university. Being a member of KCBC, in any capacity, helps build a social group that spans all years and all subjects. It is a great way to make lots of new friends through training but also through social events such as crew dates.

Coxing is a unique position within rowing that should never be underestimated. It is a great way to be involved in such a great sport but without too much strenuous activity! The role of a cox is to steer but also involves some coaching, motivating and tactics. It is easy to learn and we would love to see as many freshers try this aspect of rowing as possible.

Before anyone tells you otherwise I want to dispel the myth that coxes have to be a certain size... this is NOT TRUE. Size does not matter within college rowing and, in fact, some of the best college coxes are far from this stereotypical image. Please do not be put off by this myth but rather come along and give it a go before you make a decision as to whether this is for you or not. If you're interested in getting involved or just want to find out more, please contact me at michael.hobley@keble.ox.ac.uk.

Rugby



KCRFC is one of the most successful college rugby clubs in Oxford and is one of only two colleges that continue to field both a 1st and 2nd XV in the season. Furthermore, we were the only college to field its own women's team in the inaugural Oxford University Women's Rugby Cuppers event, whilst other colleges grouped together.

We aim to provide the opportunity to anyone interested in playing rugby, from players who have represented their country to complete novices. KCRFC training sessions will be advertised during term time and we will be running mixed-touch sessions over the course of the year. The Men's 1st XV play matches in the league, Cuppers (a knockout competition that Keble won in 2015 and reached the semi-finals of in 2016) and 7s Cuppers. The Men's 2nd XV and Women's 1st XV play in Cuppers.

Anyone interested in getting involved in rugby should contact scott.geelan@keble.ox.ac.uk (men's) or leanne.robinson@keble.ox.ac.uk (women's).



Squash

Keble Squash Club is a friendly environment to learn, improve and compete as a Keble squash player across the university. Keble has one court located on St Cross Road opposite the English Faculty. Most often, the team meets once a week for casual training and one match is organised per player per week. Otherwise, it is composed of keen squash players regardless of ability.

Please do not hesitate to get into touch! Email: rakan.dajani@keble.ox.ac.uk


Tennis

Hey, we're Anna and Sam and we're the Keble Tennis Captains!

As a college, we play competitive inter-collegiate tennis in Trinity term, both league and cuppers. Keble typically puts out one or two men's and women's' teams in each, with league teams having four players and cuppers having six.

We also have informal training sessions throughout the term with an external coach, which are a great way to be able to relax and keep playing throughout term. I'd encourage anyone who likes playing tennis, whatever ability, to join whether its to play for the college or just recreationally.

If you're interested in getting involved or just want to find out more, please contact either of us at anna.skaria@keble.ox.ac.uk or samuel.keat@keble.ox.ac.uk.

Yoga

Hi! I'm Maria and I'll be running Keble Yoga with Joel this year. At Keble, we practice Ashtanga yoga which is an amazing method of relaxation as well as a fun workout- something especially great to keep in mind for the inevitable term stress! Our club is open to all levels, whether you have been practicing yoga for some time or whether you want to try something new. We have a wonderful teacher, Milena, who caters to everyone's abilities, so you don't have to worry about looking silly! Yoga is very fulfilling and a great way to meet people.

Keble Yoga runs every Tuesday from 8-9.30pm; it usually takes place in the Arco building in Keble and you will be kept posted on any changes. There is a small fee per session and this has ranged from £2.50 – £5. So, whether you have a passion for yoga or simply want to de-stress, come and join us at Keble Yoga! If you have any questions, feel free to email me at marija.strojakovskaja@keble.ox.ac.uk or Joel at joel.anderson@keble.ox.ac.uk. Hope to see you there!