At King’s, you are blessed with a load of great societies to get involved in as well as some highly competitive sport teams that represent us across the university.
Apiculture (KCAS) – KCAS has been operating for two and a half years. We currently have one hive on Scholar’s Piece, which we tend to on a weekly or bi-weekly basis over the late-Spring to late-Autumn season. As well as providing a means to attend the approved Cambridgeshire Beekeepers’ Association training for those with a committed involvement with the hive, we take students and fellows who express an interest to visit the hive, both from King’s and across the university. We also hold talks and events on bees and beekeeping. Our aim is to raise awareness of the integral environmental importance of bees, and encourage other colleges across the university to create hives of their own.
Contact – Kristen Teen (kt307)
Art Room Society – The Art Room has a long history at King’s – Anthony Gormley used the art room regularly whilst here at Cambridge! Last year, King’s College appointed an Art Teacher, Nigel Meager. Nigel runs Saturday workshops and offers advice to students on improving technique. The Art Room Society aims to get people interested in using the Art Room. We run a casual Art Room session on Monday evenings, for students to take a break from work and be able to use the Art Room when they know other people will be there – KCSU Welfare is also involved as drawing can be a great way of de-stressing!
We are organising regular sessions of life drawing and etching, and social events for members to get to know each other and trips to galleries. Finally, we are planning ‘Art Room Society Exhibition’ where any student can submit a piece of work to be put on display in the art room regardless of their level. This will be especially good for students who wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity to have their work shown or don’t have enough time to create a whole exhibition’s worth of art!
Contact – Matt Almond (ma654)
Christian Union – King’s Christian Union hosts a weekly bible study and a weekly prayer meeting during term time. We also run wider-college events throughout the year, such as Text a Toastie and Parachute Games in the summer, as well as the Church Search Breakfasts at the start of the year, to help new students settle into a local church in Cambridge.
Contact – Nathanael Alcock (na412)
Darkroom Society (KCDR) – For those interested in black and white film photography, King’s College Dark Room society runs a fully equipped underground dark room which is accessible to all students of King’s. The society provides a tutorial for all new inductees. We expect no familiarity whatsoever with darkroom processing technique and unexperienced people will not find themselves out of place.
The society provides all equipment required for the entire process apart from a camera and a film roll free of charge to its members – this includes high quality enlargers, a range of papers, toners, and editing equipment. The low cost of good film cameras available in second hand market and the high quality of processing equipment provided by the KCDR for free makes professional level photography accessible at a very low price and makes this a very good entry point for student photographers.
Contact – Pranav Singh (ps490)
Film Society – Runs film screenings and organises cinema trips and film events.
Contact – Kaamil Shah (ks680)
King’s Politics – King’s Politics aims to be the hub of political discussion and debate in Cambridge, and maintains the tradition of politics at King’s. We bring politicians, writers, academics and other public figures together to discuss with students the most pressing political issues of the day. We allow students to engage in highly important political issues and the figures that shape our lives. We have held some of the most prominent politicians, academics, activists and journalists in the country including Peter Hitchens, Lindsey German, Lord Skideslky, Baron Rees and Roberto Unger. We hope you’ll join us to engage in our lively, and always free, debates.
Contact – Micha Eversley (me359)
Music Society (KCMS) – King’s College Music Society is one of the most vibrant and high-profile music societies in Cambridge. King’s students cover a huge range of music each year, organising large-scale orchestral concerts each term, held in the stunning, world-famous Chapel, as well as quirky and intimate concerts in the Provost’s drawing room.
King’s Voices – King’s Voices is the College’s mixed-voice choir. The group sings Evensong in the Chapel on Mondays, and puts on two major concerts sponsored by King’s College Musical Society (KCMS), guest appearances in Ely Cathedral and elsewhere, performances at College dinners, etc. Each year there’s a King’s Voices tour, usually in the Easter vacation. As well as singing together, the choir is outgoing and sociable as a group. Rehearsals and Evensong are usually followed by a drink in the bar and at least once a term there is a dinner party.
Athletics –The aim of King’s College Athletics Club (KCAC) is to promote athletics in King’s. Teams of King’s students represent the college at intercollegiate cuppers competitions in athletics twice a year, in Michaelmas and Easter. The college has been highly successful in recent history, having won multiple trophies. The club also provides an opportunity for all students to try athletics, and has seen many members (including the two current captains!) go on to take their up their events at university level, making sure that King’s is appropriately represented in the university Athletics and Hare and Hounds clubs.
Everyone, regardless of the level of experience, is welcome to join the team and compete. We explicitly advertise ourselves to complete novices. Also, we promote students to take part of the university athletics club, which also welcomes athletes of all standards.
Contact – Carys Boughton (cb794) and Ife Adepegba (ia310)
Badminton – King’s College Badminton Club is a society aimed at providing access to badminton facilities for those with no experience, those who have played competitively before at county level and beyond, and those in-between. We provide practice sessions twice a week open to everyone (with all equipment provided), in addition to two teams which play in the college leagues (one competitive, one more relaxed).
Contact – Andrew Davison (ad651) and Chris Galpin (cmg60)
Boat Club (KCBC) – King’s College Boat Club (KCBC) is probably the largest sports club in the College. There are several crews competing at different levels and beginners are very warmly welcomed. Many people start as novice rowers in Michaelmas; the technique is not too difficult to pick up, and learning to row can be a lot of fun as well as great exercise. The Fairbairns race (at the end of Michaelmas) and the Bumps (end of Lent and Easter) are brilliant fun, and there’s always Bumps Dinner to look forward to after four days of Bumps. As well as rowing, the Boat Club organises social events, and there are trips away from Cambridge for races for those who are keen. Rowing in Cambridge is just about the cheapest and easiest way to get into the sport.
Contact – Ellie Archer (ema38) and Olivier Sluijters (ojjs2)
Cricket (KCCC) – KCCC is quite a new society, but we attract a wide range of students – a lot of people come to King”s having played at school and are keen to take it up again. Many haven’t played since GCSE years, while a large number are looking to take it up from scratch. KCCC suits people of mixed ability because we train in nets; novices do not have to face fast bowlers until they are confident to do so, and so they have control over their game. KCCC also enjoys competing in matches against other colleges over the summer.
Contact – Stephane Crayton (sc893)
Croquet – King’s Croquet is only a year old, but the last twelve months have been extraordinarily successful for the Society. We fielded the most teams in Cuppers of any College and had our Men’s 1st IV (M1) progress to the quarter-finals. We anticipate fielding the maximum number of teams for the coming year and set our base target at a quarter-final with our stretch target being a semi-final berth. We are also a social Society that believes strongly in the importance of croquet as Easter Term recreation for stressed undergraduates/graduates/academics in College and we therefore wish to emphasise this role!
Contact – Cameron McCormack (cm742)
Cross Country – The King’s Cross Country Club is one of the few clubs through which people of any ability can compete for King’s and join other colleges in competing against Oxford at no cost to themselves. We have several races against other colleges throughout the year, and the Cuppers Fee covers King’s entry to these races year-round.
Contact – Alison Greggor (alg61)
Football – The King’s football team is decent and a good way of getting into the game.
Contact – Jonny Foster (jf490)
Hockey – King’s newly established hockey team which anybody can join no matter their experience. A mixed team will participate in next term cuppers.
Contact – Corey Robinson (cr513), Bethan Clark (blc35) and Matthew Else (me390)
Lacrosse – King’s Lacrosse is now in its third year – these past three years have seen our promotion from the third to first division, with a comfortable mid-table finish this term (which was our first in the top division). This is excellent progression. In 2015, King’s were the second most successful college in cuppers and several players have gone on to represent the university after first learning the sport in King’s. The team contains members from all year groups, as well as graduate students.
Contact – Cameron McCormack (cm742) and Louis McBride (lom22)
Mountaineering and Kayaking Association (KMKA) –King’s Mountaineering and Kayaking Association is the sports club for all things outdoor; we climb, kayak, hike, camp, abseil and canoe. From weekly climbing sessions at the Kelsey Kerridge sports centre to the weekly morning kayak paddle, KMKA has you covered. Once you’ve received a kayaking induction from the KMKA committee (run during fresher’s week), you can take out a kayak or canoe for free. There’s also an annual trip away for a week of camping, kayaking and hiking.
Contact – James Temple (jt520)
Netball – King’s Netball plays league matches each weekend for both the Mixed League and Ladies League, and enters a cuppers tournament in Lent term for both teams. The society is made up of team members from all years and subjects across college.
Contact – Ellen Birch (ecb63) and Rachel Mumford (rem66)
Pool – King’s College Pool Team play in the Cambridge University Pool Club league and tournaments, playing matches against other college pool teams usually once a week. Last year we were promoted in to a higher division, and we are currently in division 2A of the league, one below the top division.
Contact – Joe Ding (jd679)
Rugby (CCK) – King’s is part of a joint rugby team with Clare and Corpus Christi. Famous for excellent socials and semi-regular tours.
Contact – Sam Trueman (sjt83)
Squash – King’s College has a thriving squash community open to all. We have free access to arguably the best courts in Cambridge (refurbished in 2011), located centrally next to the UL. We provide racquets and balls so that anyone can come down and play squash. Squash is a fantastic sport, providing both excellent stress relief from work and also much needed exercise (regularly voted the world’s healthiest sport). There are 2 competitive teams who play in the college leagues consisting of undergrads, grads and fellows, meaning there is a diverse range of players and an opportunity for people to get to know other members of the college. Those who don’t wish to play competitively can come down to club night (hosted weekly) or book a court for themselves and a friend to come down and play at any time. There are at least 50 players who play regularly and a whole range of abilities!
Contact – Rory Barber (rwb37)
Tennis – For the last two years, we have competed quite successfully in the college cuppers. Last season we reached the semi-final in cuppers and ended the league at the end of our division – a result we of course hope to improve this year!
Contact – Richard Bethlehem (rb643)
Women’s Basketball – The King’s team is combined with the Newnham team, and gets together to play matches on Saturdays against other colleges. All members of King’s are encouraged to come along, even if you have no prior experience in basketball at all!
Contact – Lizzie Good (efg25)
There are also, of course, hundreds of university societies you can get involved in, and they’re all listed on the CUSU Directory!