Cambridge has an illustrious sporting history and continues to be home to athletes who compete at the highest levels and a thriving community of clubs for all abilities.
As long ago as 1710, cricket was being played on the University's grounds. The first Varsity Match in 1827 established the tradition of a spirited rivalry that has evolved into one of the most endearing series of amateur sporting competitions in the world. Today, nearly 70 University sports clubs and societies provide students and staff the opportunity to participate in organised sport, with many competing weekly in the British University and College Sports (BUCS) leagues of 160 institutions and 4,000 teams, in addition to the numerous sports teams and clubs within the many Cambridge Colleges. The individual pursuit of exercise, health and well-being has also continued to grow over the years, with high demand for indoor classes for everything from dancing, spinning, yoga and Pilates, as well as bespoke fitness programmes for personal training.