All Clare societies are run by students, so if there is a society that you want to create, go for it! The UCS has a budget for societies every year that can be applied for during the first term. Contact the UCS Treasurer, Amit Balter (ab2475), for more details.

There are also university-wide societies, and you should get involved with these too! If in doubt, sign up for anything and everything: it’s much easier to leave a mailing list than it is to try and join it later!

Remember – sports teams and societies aren’t just for people who are really good at that particular activity. If you get stuck in and try something new, you’ll enjoy it much more than you might think.


Clare has a wide range of sports teams and facilities. All of the college’s sports facilities are free to use for Clare students. Clare has a boat club that is home to the college’s large, competitive and friendly boat club. We also have a Sports Ground located on Bentley Road that has tennis courts (both hard and grass), a sports fields and a gym. Clare students can play squash at the courts of King’s College School, located behind the UL. Courts can be booked online here and racquets and balls can be borrowed from the Memorial Court Porters’ Lodge – just ask the Porter!

Clare also has a small gym at the Colony.


To use the squash courts or gym, you need to have an induction from the Sports and Societies Officer (Ed Cooke). Get in touch with him if you wish to be inducted. These are compulsory if you wish to use either the Colony Gym or the King’s College School squash courts.


Any members of the college who play sport at University level are entitled to apply for financial support towards the costs of playing their sport through the Gordon Dickson Sports Award. Information about this, and several other awards available to Clare students, can be found online (

Bentley Road Sports Ground map