Cambridge University Boat Club
Founded in 1828, the Cambridge University Boat Club was formed to race Oxford in the University Boat Race over what has become famous as the Championship Course on the River Thames in London, running from Putney to Mortlake a length of 4.2 miles.
The Cambridge team are known as the Light Blues.
- Sailing and Boating
Cambridge United F.C.
Although footballs fan in Cambridge have to travel to London (or even further away) to enjoy a live match of the English Premier League, you can enjoy a good old-style football game of the Conference National (5th division from top) at Cambridge. Cambridge United is the City's top club and plays their home matches in the Abbey Stadium. Unfortunately, United's successful times belong to the past and now the club plays not that far above local rival Cambridge City. Nevertheless, it is a real football experience to watch one of Cambridge's home games. As of 2011, a place at the standing tribune - the Newmarket Road End - is available for 10 GBP (pay as you go at the entrance). Tickets for other stands are a little more expensive, but student and other discounts are available. The club, the fans, the owner of the stadium and the city have come to an agreement to build a new stadium. So hurry up and enjoy a match in this temple of football from the 1930s for as long as you can.
The match I went to see with some friends was a 2:1 against York City which was the first match CU won after a couple of rather crappy matches....
Want to go swimming?
There's a very handy swimming pool in Cambridge, right next to Parker's Piece near the city centre. Check the website for a timetable; an adult admission will cost you a fairly pricey 3 pounds 20p. There's also an attached sauna and steam room at extra cost.
In the summer there's also the option of an open air swimming pool on Jesus Green. It's best on a hot day as the water can be quite chilly...
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The Abbey Stadium, Cambridge
Cambridge United Football Club play at the recently renamed Trade Recruitment Stadium (or TRS). They are currently in the fifth flight of English football, in the Conference National (or Blue Square Premier). CUFC's glory days were about 15 years ago, at which point they nearly reached the English Premier League for its inaugural season, but since then they have unfortunately been in decline. To be honest, the last few United matches I've seen have been dire, but the fans are quite good in the Newmarket Road end. It's mainly standing, but seats are available in the Family Stand. The ground has programmes, pies and hot drinks for sale.
Local semi professional football
When staying in Cambridge why not see some local football ? Cambridge City FC are located on Milton Road behind the Westbrooke centre offices, and play Tuesday nights and Saturdays from August to May.
It is a freindly club where you can buy a drink, get some food, and mix with the fans, players and officials after the game. Attendances are about 500 and it is a safe place from children. Established for 100 years in 2008 many celebrations are being organised. It is just 20 minutes walk from the City centre and 10 minutes from the river.
For more information visit www.cambridgecityfc.com and my website at www.cambscityfc.co.uk
I was too scared to actually punt the boat...but it looked fun while everyone else i knew did it!! You see, I'm clumsy so I didn't want to risk falling in!! But the view from sitting down was really good too!! You get to see a lot of the Cambridge colleges, as Cambridge has a very student culture.
Punting is basically using a very large stick to maneouvre the gondola in the water. The procedure is to 'dig' the stick into the ground and push the gondola via that method, the angle you push it in is the opposite direction of movement....
I definately recommend it :)
Equipment: No gear is needed, they will provide everything!! Except good balance!! :)
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Yes, like all towns and cities in England, Cambridge have a football team (Cambridge United supporters should stop reading now).
Politely put, Cambridge aren't very good. They are languishing in the lower division of the professional leagues and their stadium is falling apart. Miraculously, a few years ago, they nearly reached the English Premier League, losing in the play-off final and it's all gone downhill from there.
However, this is the place to go to meet real football supporters. We don't all support Manchester United/Arsenal/Chelsea (chose the most fashionable team this month). Many, many supporters in England follow teams like Cambridge and enjoy it. If you are in the area and want to see a proessional game with a difference, go along to the ground....I can assure you getting a ticket won't be a problem.
Equipment: Part of the atmosphere of the game is going to the pub for a pre-match drink. There are a couple of pubs near the ground so get there a bit earlier and go for a quick drink.
Just a footnote, the website link is not to the offical club site as you need to register to view any of the articles (including directions to the ground). The supporters web-site will be much better for a quick browse.
Cambridge's main indoor sports hall.
Activities such as badminton, climbing, squash, aerobics, and yoga. Has a gym.
Great for long stays in the city.
Open 7 days a week, 9am-11pm.
There's also a fairly new swimming pool, Parkside, next door to KK. You can't miss it, as it's got big glass windows so you can see in.
Equipment: Can hire for extra.
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