Sport and Recreation

Grace Clough, MBE, rower and Kellogg student. Grace won gold at the 2016 Rio Paralymics.

Grace Clough, MBE, rower and Kellogg student. Grace won gold at the 2016 Rio Paralympics.

Taking part in any form of physical activity or recreational pursuit not only improves your fitness but also enhances your general well-being. Research shows that exercise can boost your self-esteem and improve sleep quality and energy levels, as well as helping to reduce any feelings of stress. It is also a great way to meet people and make friends.

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Whether you want to compete at the highest level or try out something new, be part of a team or exercise at your own pace, there is something for you at Oxford. Click for an A to Z of Sports Clubs at Oxford.

Sport at Kellogg College

In addition to University-wide activities, the College also offers a range of opportunities just for Kellogg members.

Kellogg has obtained membership of the gym at the University Sports Centre on Iffley Road, which means you can enjoy free access. Before using it, you must first complete a membership form at the gym reception. Please remember to take your University card when registering, and be aware that there may be queues at reception in the first couple of weeks of term. Once you have been registered, you will be able to access the gym on showing your card.

Kellogg students can also take advantage of special discounts on term-time memberships of council-run Leisure Centres across Oxford, including gyms, swimming pools, racquet sports, classes, the ice rink and a summer outdoor pool. Memberships are available for full- and part-time students.

There is also The Oxford University Club, which is a sport and social club for staff, postgraduate students and alumni. Membership is free for staff and postgraduate students. If you would like to join the Club’s gym, which offers a schedule of exercise classes, at the time of writing this costs £65 per year. For more information, including how to join, please visit www.club.ox.ac.uk.

Kellogg students participate in a wide range of individual and team disciplines. Kellogg has its own football team, which plays matches in the MCR league on Saturday mornings during Michaelmas and Hilary terms. Kellogg students also participate in intercollegiate cuppers tournaments. As a Kellogg student you will have additional opportunities to take part in yoga, join a squash ladder, and play in tennis and volleyball teams. Kellogg also has a punt that members can book free of charge during the summer punting season. It’s ideal for outings and picnics on those long sunny days. Another popular summer pastime is croquet. Ask at Reception to use the MCR croquet set.

Kellogg is particularly strong in the area of rowing. We are proud to have had no fewer than three Kellogg rowers at Rio 2016. Alumnus Paul Bennett (2013) and student Grace Clough both won gold medals for Team GB and were recognised with MBEs, while alumnus Charlie Cole (2008) came seventh in the US Men’s coxless four rowing team. Their success is echoed by other Kellogg students: as can be seen from this report on the 2017 summer races, the combined Christ Church / Kellogg M1 team were Head of the River. W1 weren’t far behind, coming third overall. Whether you want to compete in the Boat Race or simply try out the sport that is so typical of Oxford, there are plenty of opportunities. We have a close affiliation with Christ Church Boat Club providing Kellogg students (men and women) with the opportunity to row during your time at Oxford, whether you are a beginner or an experienced rower. Kellogg students row in the Christ Church boats for inter-collegiate competitions but if you are chosen to row in the University boat you will be listed as representing Kellogg College.

Kellogg College Rowing Society is an informal and friendly group, meeting regularly for land-training sessions on rowing ergometers as well as weight circuits. The society is for all abilities and fitness levels including those who want to start rowing during their time at Oxford, but do not know where to start. The aim of the society is to have fun and get fit. Experienced rowers will lead the training sessions aiming to develop the skills and fitness of all participants. For further information, contact Jeremy Howick.

We were also delighted that Kellogg alumnus Tom Mitchell (2011) won a silver medal in rugby sevens at the Rio Olympics.

We offer financial support to students for membership of University sports teams and funding for sports equipment purchases for their own use.

To find out more about sport at Kellogg College, including information about Kellogg team sports and access to sporting facilities, please email the Kellogg Sports Committee at sports@kellogg.ox.ac.uk. You might also like to take a look at the Hilary 2017 Kellogg College News for a flavour of the varied sporting pursuits enjoyed by Kellogg students.