Cheltonian Society sports clubs are a great way to connect with other Society members. Our thanks to all Society members who are involved in running sports clubs.
For more information about the annual grant that each club receives from College via the Development Office or about establishing a new sports club, please contact Sebastian Bullock, Cheltonian Society Director, on [email protected]
Read sports clubs news and reports on our website: www.cheltoniansociety.org/pages/sports-clubs
The Cricket Club aims to continue College’s strong tradition of cricket. At the top level, OCs can compete in the Cricketer Cup, which is the premium old boys’ cricket competition. The Club also plays in a number of other fixtures throughout the year. If you are interested in playing, or would simply like to receive updates from the Club, please get in touch.
The 11-a-side Football Club plays in the Arthurian League, an official FA league of old boys based in London, finishing third in the 2022-23 season. While only OCs are eligible to play in the Arthurian League, all Society members are welcome to play in friendlies.
Open to OC golfers of all abilities and ages, the Golf Society plays some of the best courses in the country. As the fixture restrictions mean only OCs can play, membership of the Society is limited to OCs. Most meetings and informal matches against other schools are open to all members. The Club also enters selected teams in leading national public schools’ tournaments the Halford Hewitt, Grafton Morrish, and Mellin Salver.
The Women’s Hockey Club play in the Dean Close Sixes Tournament, usually in October each year. Any members of the Cheltonian Society can play and there isn’t a maximum number of players – the more the merrier. If you are interested in playing in future tournaments or coming along to support, check out the Hockey Facebook group for details: facebook.com/groups/ochockey
The Men’s OC Hockey club play a dozen matches in an Old Boys Hockey League across the year in London, primarily in Battersea Park. They also play in the Haileybury Sixes in September, which sees Old Boys XIs play for a coveted trophy, and are planning a match back at College vs the XI with Gwyn Williams for 2024. The Club are always looking for more members to keep the squad (and legs!) fresh, so please get in touch if you would like to get involved.
The Rackets Club are involved in two main tournaments each year: the Noel Bruce at The Queen’s Club and the Cheltenham Gold Racket weekend. The Noel Bruce is the Public School Old Boys Rackets Championship and is a doubles tournament. The Cheltenham Gold Racket weekend is also a doubles tournament, but this sees OCs partner up with a non-OC. It is a great weekend and includes a dinner in College Dining Hall on the Saturday night followed by finals on the Sunday.
The Shooting team take part in the annual Schools’ Veterans Target Rifle Match at Bisley. There are opportunities for more OC teams to enter in future years. There may also be opportunities for additional shooters to join in too, for honours only, so other Cheltonian Society members or family are also welcome to get in touch.
The relaunched Cheltonian Society Rowing Club will be based at the Boat House in Tewkesbury and has been established as an affiliated club to Cheltenham College Boat Club with British Rowing. The Club will be open to all members of the Cheltonian Society. We are looking for Society members who can help run the Club, alongside College’s Director of Rowing – please get in touch if you are interested.
The Sailing Club’s main annual event is the Arrow Trophy, a two-day regatta between independent schools on the Solent in the autumn. All members of the Cheltonian Society, of all levels of experience, are eligible to join the Sailing Club. The Arrow Trophy rules stipulate that crews must be made up of ‘former pupils’ with the option of having up to three ‘ringers’ (not former pupils) on the crew. The Club also aims to hold social events throughout the year.
The Squash Society takes part in the Londonderry Cup, which usually takes place from October culminating in the finals in March, played at the RAC on Pall Mall. This competition is restricted to OCs only. The Club is always looking for more squash players so please get in touch.
All clubs are keen to have new members. If you are interested in joining a club please get in touch: [email protected]