When I think about university sports I usually think about basketball, hockey or football, but in Oxford one still plays croquet, so I learned to my surprise.
Croquet was very fasionable in England in the second half of the 19th century, and it also got its fans in other part of the British Empire.
The obvious association that comes to mind when you think of "croquet" and "Oxford" is the totally bizarre croquet game in "Alice in Wonderland", written by Oxford academic Lewis Carroll. However, the game is alive, and I watched it being played by students on the lawn of Wadham College: hitting small balls with a mallet, aiming to pass through the rectangular hoops on the grass. Absolutely charming!
Grab a football (of the soccer variety) and a bunch of friends and head over to University Parks off of Banbury Road! Organize your own football game and celebrate (because everyone's a winner!) at one of the many pubs littering Oxford! (Our personal favorites, the Turf Tavern or King's Arms right down the street from the park). University Park is the Central Park of Oxford, giving enough green space for picnics, football games, suntanning, wine and cheese parties, summertime movies in the park, study groups and more! Football games are just one of the many sports that take place in University Park and even if you don't play and are more of a spectator, there's plenty to watch and cheer for!
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