St Edmund Hall is renowned for its sporting excellence. Each year, we award the Luddington Prize of £500 to any undergraduates who have achieved both a First Class degree and won a ‘Blue’ (represented the University) in a sport. The prize has been won by 14 students in the last 5 years.
There are, however, also a lot of less serious sporting opportunities at the College – many of our sports teams have an emphasis on participation and a good sense of team spirit. Tournament matches against other colleges often draw a large, and very vocal, Teddy Hall crowd of supporters.
Our sports men and women are among those celebrated at our annual Achievements Dinner, which recognises extra-curricular achievements, including in music and the arts, and charitable endeavours.
Teddy Hall has many different sports clubs, some of which are divided into men’s and women’s teams, and all of which are student-run. The College’s Amalgamated Clubs Fund often assists with paying for tours, kit and the hiring of facilities.
Below are examples of well-established clubs, but interests vary each year and we have also recently competed in disciplines such as dancesport, karting and canoe polo!
- Rugby (men’s and women’s)
- Football (men’s and women’s)
- Rowing (men’s and women’s)
- Hockey (men’s and women’s)
- Cricket (men’s and women’s)
- Gym (at Norham Gardens), free to use – includes free weights, cycles, rowing machines and a punching bag.
- Two heated squash courts – shared with Queen’s College – free (small deposit required).
- Boat Club – the boat house is on the River Thames (known locally as the Isis). It is a multi-functional space for ergo and circuit sessions, with changing rooms and a large boat bay with a wide variety of different sized boats.
- Punts (boats) – both the JCR (undergraduate student body) and MCR (postgraduates) have access to a punt on the River Cherwell during the summer months, free of charge.
- Table tennis – William R Miller building and at Norham Gardens.
- Table football – the main College site.
- Pool tables – the College and Norham Gardens sites.
- Access to grass sports pitches (for rugby, football, cricket, etc) – University Parks.
The Oxford University Sports Complex is on Iffley Road, just a short walk or cycle from Teddy Hall. Facilities there include a swimming pool, gym, running track, water-based 3G astro-turf, grass pitches, badminton courts and tennis courts.
Funding and University-Level Sports
The College also supports individual students who play in Blues (University-level) sports teams:
Support of up to £1000 per academic year per student to fund additional advanced coaching in any extra-curricular interest, for students who already participate at a high level. Funding is not restricted to sports.
The JCR and MCR, our two common rooms, can provide support for their members to participate in Blues sports. This includes funding to help with the costs associated with representing the University.
Simon, Arpi and Marie Simonian Prizes for Excellence in Leadership
An annual prize of £500 is awarded to a student who shows significant leadership qualities whilst at Teddy Hall (in any area, including in sports).
There are lots of opportunities here – sporting, musical, theatrical – and they’re a really good way of getting to know people in other years as lots of people give them a go and pitch in where numbers are needed.
Lizzie, undergraduate studying Geography