Merton's well-founded reputation as a centre of academic excellence does not mean the College lacks for opportunities to participate in sports of all types - from cricket to canoe polo. We can boast our fair share of sporting successes too, both past and present. Whether you are keen to achieve a Blue, play for fun, or fitness, there is plenty to get involved with. The College is pleased to be able to contribute towards costs for those who play their sport at the University or higher levels.
Undergraduate and graduate students currently take part in a wide range of sports including—but not limited to—football, rugby, cricket, pool (the College has its own full-size table, free to use), croquet and squash. The Merton College Boat Club puts out several men's and women's boats for Oxford’s major rowing events—Summer Eights, Torpids, and Christ Church Regatta—and summer 2014 saw the revival of the SCR VIII, who gave a strong account of themselves amongst the younger crews. For a number of sports—football and rugby in particular—Merton teams up with Mansfield College to field joint teams.
Annual events include a JCR vs SCR Cricket Match and participation in the Oxford Town & Gown 10K run in May, the College team regularly including students, staff, Fellows and alumni; our highest placed runner in 2022 was Oliver Bowling (2018) with a time of 39m 20s.
There is a College Sub-Committee dedicated to Sports and Grounds, convened by the Senior Treasurer of the Amalgamated Clubs, Professor Jonathan Prag. He works closely with the JCR Sports Rep, officially known as the Junior Treasurer of the Amalgamated Clubs.