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Sports in Cambridge

Make the most of your time in Cambridge by sampling some of the sports the city is known for. There have been 158 Boat Races between the University of Cambridge and the University of Oxford and visitors will see many of the city’s rowing clubs being coached on the River Cam come rain or shine. A must-see Cambridge tradition is the Bumps, a bizarre rowing race that’s taken place on the Cam since the 1820s. Crews line-up their boats along the river to chase and ‘bump’ the boat in front before they are bumped by the boat behind.

Parker’s Piece is a green space used by locals to lounge around and play football and cricket on the grass; it is famous as the place where, in 1848, students agreed a set of simple guidelines for football which were to influence the development of the Football Association rules. Football fans can also catch a game on the home turfs of the city’s two teams, Cambridge United and Histon Football Club.

The game of Real Tennis is enjoying a revival and the Cambridge University Real Tennis Club, on Grange Road, is one of a few of its kind in the country.

Generation Games Sports Project – Family Sport

Generation Games is an ongoing project aimed at inspiring all members of the family to participate in fun, sporting activities together. With a wide variety of sports sessions on offer the project offers coached sessions suitable for all ages and abilities. The sessions take place at various sports facilities across the city of Cambridge.

Sessions cost just £2 for participants aged 12 years plus, £1 for participants aged 8-11 years and are free for participants under eight years old. All sessions include coaching and equipment, unless otherwise stated. There must be a minimum of two people per booking, of which one participant must be an adult. There is a maximum number of four children per adult, per family booking.

To book telephone 01223 457532. All sessions are subject to cancellation with refunds only being paid if sessions are cancelled due to lack of participants.

To obtain an up to date timetable of activities, contact the City Council’s Sports Development team on sportsdevelopment@cambridge.gov.uk.

Street Games Project – Informal Sport

The Street Games project’s main objective is to offer informal neighbourhood-based sports activities for young people. Qualified sports coaches and ChYpPS (Children and Young People’s Participation Service) workers lead the sessions on recreation grounds around the city and local community. Sports include Street Football, Basketball and Trampolining.

For more information on the Street Games project contact the sports team on sportsdevelopment@cambridge.gov.uk or call 01223 457532.

Disability Sports & Arts Activities

Cambridge City Council offers a number of different and exciting activities for all people with a disability. These take place all year round at various venues across the city. We also run holiday and term time activities such as badminton, basketball, Goalball, Boccia, Tennis and Multi-skills.

All activities need to be booked. For further information on these and other disability sports activities please email the sports team at sportsdevelopment@cambridge.gov.uk

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