Mansfield is fortunate to share the fine Merton sports grounds which are located just eight minutes' walk from the college, behind St. Catherine's College. Tennis and squash courts are available on the same site. The size of Mansfield's main quad makes for one of the best croquet lawns in the University and there is a much-used pool table and equally popular dartboard.
For many sports, Mansfield teams, or teams formed jointly with Merton, play in the inter-college 'cuppers' competitions, but there are many friendly matches too. Sport is a great way to get to know people at other colleges and Mansfield's small size makes sport very accessible. All who want to play are very welcome and everyone can find a game at some level. And, if your sport is one in which we do not regularly compete, find some like-minded people and start a team (when this happened in basketball we won cuppers!).
For those with serious talent, University trials offer the route to representing the University. Most major sports have two or more teams so you can play for the University at various levels even if you are not 'Blues' standard.
Rowing at Oxford is something every student should try once. Luckily for Mansfield College Boat Club that's usually enough for most people to catch the boating bug! Very few students coming to Mansfield have had much rowing experience, allowing many novices the opportunity to row at a high level within a term of taking up the sport.
The major competitions include Christ Church Regatta for novices in Michaelmas Term and the ‘bumps races’ (where boats aim to catch each other up, rather than rowing side by side) - Torpids and Summer Eights - in Hilary and Trinity Terms respectively.
For more information, go to the MCBC web site.