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Sport @ Pembroke

Pembroke boasts a huge range of sports clubs and has its own sports ground a 10 minute walk from college, consisting of two football pitches, a rugby pitch, two cricket nets, two grass tennis courts, three hard tennis/netball courts and a newly renovated pavilion. Pembroke boat house is also located close by and includes a basic gym and bar facilities.

Both men and women, undergraduates and graduates, play sport at a high level. Football and Rowing are a particular strength.

Students can join the University gym in Cowley which offers cheap memberships for gym facilities, with swimming and racquets sports optional extras.

There is a PureGym a stone's throw from Pembroke on St Ebbe's Street which is offering a 10%+ membership discount to students who book via UNiDays. 

Getting involved

Footballers in the MCR play regularly in a joint team with Balliol, Queen's and Somerville MCRs. Most other sports are mixed JCR & MCR teams. We also have a competitive MCR cricket team (and even more competitive croquet team!).

Even if you don’t play sport to a particularly high level, Pembroke has a lot to offer. Anyone can take part and it is common for students to try out a completely new sport whilst at Oxford.

Just about any sporting interest can be catered for through the JCR, which has many sports teams, or more broadly through the University.

 Those interested in participating in any sport are welcome to contact the MCR sports rep, who will also be able to give more information about MCR sports funds which can be used to support student's sporting activities and clubs.

Rowing @ Pembroke

Pembroke has a long and successful rowing tradition. We are the only college ever to have been champions of Oxford's main intercollegiate rowing competition (Summer Eights) for both the men's and women's teams simultaneously - the famous Double Headship of 2003.

If you are interested in joining the rowing team, please e-mail

Croquet @ Chapel Quad

In Trinity and during the summer vacation we are allowed on the grass in Chapel quad. You are welcome to use the croquet sets which should be on the grass during daylight hours in Trinity term.


The MCR welfare team leads yoga sessions on Mondays 3-4pm in the Pichette Auditorium on the main college campus. These are free for Pembroke students - but places go quickly! To sign up, e-mail


Each Trinity term, the MCR runs a punt renting scheme. MCR members can claim vouchers for an hour-long punting session at the Magdalen Bridge Boathouse. Vouchers are heavily discounted, valid for up to five people (the maximum that can fit in a punt) and allow you to jump the queue at the boathouse (just let the people behind the till you have a Pembroke MCR voucher). To get your hands on a voucher or two, contact the social secretaries or the schemes rep

College Sports ground

The Pembroke sports grounds are ten minutes walk from college. There are grass and hard tennis courts (get keys from the porter's lodge before you go!), two football pitches, a cricket square, a rugby field, and a newly renovated pavilion. Pitches can be booked for competitive games by contacting the groundsman and coordinating with JCR sports captains; ask the MCR sports rep for more details about this if needed.

The easiest route is to head down St Aldate's, straight over Folly Bridge onto Abingdon Road. Turn right into White House Road (with the Folly Bridge Inn on the corner), go straight over at the crossroads and follow the gravel track next to the adventure playground. At the end of the track, go over the railway bridge, and the Pembroke grounds will be on your left.


Pembroke boat W1, the women's rowing team, after winning the summer term boat race

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