In addition to the very large number of University sporting and non-sporting societies, Merton has an number of very active and welcoming College societies or clubs, some of which even attract visitors from other Colleges. There is also a Subject Society for each subject group studied here.

Merton societies include the music society, which runs a choir and an orchestra, the Neave debating society (named after a Mertonian MP), and the poetry society, which hosts weekly discussions and publishes a magazine.

Sports Societies

Sport at Merton is a great way to have some fun and meet new people. Whatever your commitment and ability levels, we have teams in a variety of sports: hockey, rowing, football, netball, cricket, canoe polo to name but a few. There’s space for everyone and new players are always welcome to every team; simply e-mail the relevant captain (these are listed on the individual sport’s page, but where in doubt, feel free to contact the Sports Rep). Teams in larger sports are sometimes paired with Mansfield College, and all compete in regular league and cup competitions (Cuppers) against other colleges.

If you’d like to get involved have a look at the following list and get in touch with the relevant captain, by email ( If you don’t see your sport listed, contact the Sports Rep. (, who will do their best to help you. Life at university and at Merton isn’t just about work but also about trying new things and having a great time – and where better than on the sports field.

  • Badminton – Jamie Ngo, Ivo Elgueta
  • Cricket – Ahmed Hasib (Mansfield)
  • Football (Men’s) – Ben Verdin, Nathaniel Davey
  • Football (Women’s) – Hermione Chammings, Estelle Byrne
  • Hockey – Imogen Halliwell
  • Netball – Jemima Freeman, Eleanor Bogie
  • Real Tennis – Grace Began (she/they)
  • Rock Climbing/Bouldering – Lars Hofflin
  • Squash – Grace Beglan (she/they)
  • Tennis – James Hua
  • Rowing

Please contact the Sports Rep if you’re willing to fill any of the vacancies!

Marc Giroux
Sports and Recreation Rep
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