Brasenose College

Brasenose College


Traditionally Brasenose has been a sporty college and has produced some very strong sides. However, there is no compulsion for students to participate and a full range of sporting abilities is catered for, from the competitive 1st XV rugby and 1st XI football to the more relaxed 3rd XI football, 2nd XI cricket and mixed lacrosse teams. Each year Brasenose produces several university blues and half blues (awarded for playing in a 1st team against Cambridge).

The Brasenose sports ground is near the river, about ten minutes walk from the College. The groundsman does an excellent job of looking after the pitches and is available if help is needed. There are rugby, hockey and football pitches as well as a netball court, and in the summer, there is a beautiful cricket pitch and both grass and hard tennis courts. The clubhouse has a small bar for drinks and snacks, which can be put on a tab and settled at the start of the next term.

Brasenose has a strong rugby side as well as a summer sevens competition. Other teams include netball, cricket, athletics, tennis, mixed lacrosse, squash, table tennis, fencing and pool. Brasenose also has a strong tradition in rowing with its own boathouse by the river and each year has at least two men’s and women’s crews. There are three college rowing competitions each year including the famous “bumps” and the “beer eights”. At a more relaxed pace, the College owns a croquet set which can be used on the New Quad in the summer. The college also rents out four punts for use in the summer term.


College Website

JCR Website:
JCR Sports Officer: Danielle Ball

MCR Website: 
MCR Sports Officer: TBA

Sports Ground Location: Entry to both Queen’s and Brasenose sportsgrounds is from Abingdon Rd. It is possible to walk between the 2 grounds without returning to Abingdon Rd. Brasenose have 2 pitches available, on either side of the access road to the Queen’s pavillion.

Directions: From Carfax tower: Head down St Aldates, past Christ Church and over Folly Bridge onto Abingdon Rd. About 400 yards after Folley Bridge there is a small opening on the left signposted for the sportsground.

Honours: Whilst Brasenose claims to be the oldest Boat Club in the world, it also has a very strong history of rugby, with William Webb Ellis, the ‘inventor’ of the game, being a former student. Brasenose were also the winner of the first Inter-Collegiate rugby competition (since it was reformed in 1913) and have won it a total of thirteen times.

Support: Complimentary gym membership provided at Oxford University Sport. Visit reception for confirmation and to activate your card.





Also known as: BNC