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Sports and Gym

Getting Active

Sport plays an important part in the lives of many Keble students. There are many student-run clubs representing all major University sports, and numerous minor ones, with teams catering for all levels of experience and commitment.

The College is well equipped with sports facilities, with its own sports ground on Woodstock Road, a boat house on the banks of the Isis as well as one at Godstow, and an on-site College gym. The College is situated across the road from the University Parks, which provides further facilities in close proximity to the College.

Sports Safety Covid-19 Guidance (pdf)
Keble Sport Budget 2021-22 (pdf)
Keble Sport Contacts 2021-22 (pdf)

Gym Facilities

There are two College gyms – one on the main Parks Road site, and the other at The H B Allen Centre. Both Gyms include cardio-vascular machines, a good range of weights equipment, benches and an exercise area with exercise balls, kettle bells etc. The main site Gym is located in the basement of the Clocktower and is accessed by going down the steps by the JCR. There is a stair-lift for disabled users. The H B Allen Centre gym is located in the north-west corner of the basement.

Due to restrictions around coronavirus we have implemented some changes to the ways the gyms will work this term.

Opening hours: Opening hours for both Facilities are 9am to 10pm, Monday to Friday only. The Housekeeping Team will clean each gym daily, before it opens.

Booking: Members must pre-book a slot in order to use the gym. 24 hours notice must be given and members can book slots up to 7 days in advance. Please contact the Porters Lodge by phone in order to book a slot. Slots are 1 hour long with 45 minutes allocated to gym use and 15 minutes for members to clean the equipment after use (cleaning products will be provided). Up to two members can book each slot. Please sign out a fob from the Porters Lodge to gain access to the gym. Please note the changing room facilities at HBAC will be closed until further notice.

Your data: When you book a slot your name and email will be recorded for NHS Test and Trace purposes. The college will keep this data for 21 days and may provide this data to the NHS Test and Trace service if requested.

Team Training: we unfortunately cannot facilitate team training this term due to the restrictions in place.

Membership: Membership of the Clocktower Gym is open to all current undergraduate students of the College, members of the SCR and staff working on the Main Site. Membership of the HBAC Gym is open to current graduate students of the College, members of the SCR, members of ORI, OIC and OSI and its affiliated companies, and staff working at HBAC.

Membership fee: £35 per term or £72 per academic year. The membership fee is payable by a charge to battels.

Induction: For Health and Safety reasons (and insurance purposes) all members must undergo an induction session which normally takes about 30 minutes before they may use the Gym. Dates and times for inductions will be circulated to all members by email before the start of each term. Sessions are arranged usually in 0th and 1st weeks, weekdays and weekends but not throughout the term so don’t miss out.

Questions? Contact us at: gym@keble.ox.ac.uk

Your 2021 Committee Members are: TBC.

Gym Membership Form
Gym Terms and Conditions (pdf)

Sports Ground

The Sports Ground is situated about 2 miles north of College on the Woodstock Road, easily within reach of the main site by cycle or the frequent public bus service. It is shared with St Hugh’s College and recent substantial investment has secured new courts and pitches. There is a groundsman’s store and an early twentieth century pavilion which provides changing facilities, toilets and showers, hot and cold drinks and a first aid kit.

Through the winter there is one full size football pitch for the use of College football teams only. There are also two hard tennis courts one of which can be used for netball. In the summer Cricket is played and the sports ground offers two artificial cricket nets and two grass nets. There is also one grass tennis court.

Please book all pitches and courts (including matches) with the Garden and Grounds Manager.

Keble Squash Court

The court is accessed via St Cross Road, backing onto the University Club Sports Ground, off Mansfield Road. One court is available, complete with showers, changing room and observation gallery. The membership fee is £15 for the academic year, irrespective of the time of year you choose to join and is payable by a charge to battels. The Terms and Conditions (pdf) provide details of booking procedures, cancellation policy etc., so do please read the information provided.

Squash Court Membership Application Form
Squash Court Terms and Conditions (pdf)

Blues Fund

A number of Keble students compete at University level, playing in league and Varsity matches that range from rugby union to netball, waterpolo to lacrosse. A ‘blues fund (pdf)‘ is provided each year to aid sportsmen and women in meeting financial costs that inevitably accrue from playing at an elite level.