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.
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. If you don’t see your sport listed, contact the Sports Rep. (email@example.com), 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.
- Netball – Eleanor Clark & Eleanor Bogie
- Rowing – Theo Duke (Men’s), Tabby Spindler (Women’s), Tyson Rallens (Boat Club Treasurer)
- Rugby – John Treaty (Mansfield)
- Hockey – Emily Jones
- Football – Josh Soanes (Mansfield), Alex Selby (Mansfield), William Wickstead
- Tennis – James Hua
- Social Sports – Zak Angell
Please contact the Sports Rep if you’re willing to fill any of the vacancies!
Sports and Recreation RepEmail MeMore Info
Hi, I’m James McCulloch, a biology student and the JCR Sports & Recreation rep until the 3rd OGM of Hilary 2023 (at least!). I’m responsible for all of Merton’s sporting activities, which includes supporting the college sports teams with recruitment and equipment and organising sports-related events such as sports days. I am also the junior treasurer for Amalgas, Merton & Mansfield’s sporting body, so receive and process all of the applications for university-level sports funding. In addition, I’m the JCR Admiral of the Fleet, and so responsible for the upkeep of the punts, kayaks, and canoe. Finally, I also run the Merton Sports Instagram account: go follow @mertonsports!