CUAC is a club for athletes of all abilities - from complete beginners to international competitors.
If you want to help us defeat Oxford, or just fancy unwinding after a hard day of work, there is always a squad for you.
Click the links below to find out about the amazing squads and our special CUAC socials.
If you have already decided to join then sign up to our mailing list to stay up to date and email your squad leader to find out about training times.
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If you are looking to study at one of the best universities in the world and advance your athletics then CUAC is for you!
Students at Cambridge are eligible to compete for the University as both undergraduates and graduates.
Check out the 'Study at Cambridge' link below for information about courses, entry requirements, application deadlines and the collegiate system on the Cambridge University Admissions site.
If you are an experienced athlete and are planning to apply, feel free to contact our captains for more information about the club.
Still a bit on the fence? Then message a squad leader or speak to your college captain for more details about what goes on in CUAC.
WHAT IS VARSITY?
'Varsity’ refers to an official competition between Oxford and Cambridge. In athletics, we have three Varsity competitions spread over the course of the academic year:
The Freshers’ Varsity Match (outdoor, November)
Varsity Field Events and Relays (aka VFEAR) (indoor, March)
The Varsity Match (outdoor, May)
When you hear CUAC talking about Varsity, they are usually referring to the Summer match, which is our biggest competition.
Only members of the club who have never competed for CUAC at a Varsity match are eligible to compete at Freshers’ Varsity.
WHAT IS CUPPERS?
‘Cuppers’ refers to an annual competition held between the college teams, which is held at the start of the academic year.
The winning colleges in the men's and women's competitions are those which obtain the highest number of points over both competitions.
Check out our events page for more details.
HOW DO I PICK A SQUAD?
Many people join CUAC unsure of what their event is…and that’s ok! All the squads can cater for beginners, and are open to welcoming you for a ‘taster’ session. Simply send the relevant squad leaders an email, and they can let you know the next training time, and give you some guidance. Feel free to try out as many events as you like.
ARE THERE ANY MINIMUM STANDARDS?
Not at all! The only requirement to join CUAC is a willingness to train and do your best, for yourself and for CUAC.
The Blues and Cuppers standards can be viewed in the Members Area of this site, however, please note that the ‘Cuppers’ standards are NOT what are required to compete in the Cuppers competitions.
CAN I JUST TRAIN WITH MY COLLEGE?
Unlike a large number of sports at Cambridge, college athletics teams don’t really train throughout the year, so joining CUAC is the way forward if you are interested to do track and field consistently. The absence of college-based training is because there are few intercollegiate meets, and CUAC can cater for athletes of all abilities, so there is no need for two ‘levels’ of the sport within the university.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CUAC AND CUH&H
CUAC is the athletic club which is responsible for track based events.
CUH&H is for long distance and cross country runners. For historical reasons they have remained as two separate clubs, but it is possible to join both and do cross country in the winter and long distance in the summer.
DO YOU TAKE COMPLETE BEGINNERS?
Many CUAC athletes join as novices so there is no need to fear.
WHAT IF I WANT TO BE PART OF OTHER SPORTS CLUBS?
By its very nature, athletics can be a perfect compliment to training for other sports. The strength, conditioning and speed endurance sessions in the winter months at CUAC give many sportspeople the fitness required to excel at uni-level sports. Equally, many other uni sports have their varsity match in Lent term, so training and competing with CUAC in Easter term is the perfect way for talented sportspeople to stay fit and another opportunity to compete against Oxford.