Oxford University’s Club for Elite Sportswomen

Atalanta’s is the leading society that seeks to promote women in sport and to enhance the careers of elite sportswomen who study at the University of Oxford. Founded in 1992, we have grown as a society over the years and now have a wide network of resident members from over 20 different sports teams across the university, as well as a strong alumni database.

Women’s sport at Oxford has gone from strength to strength in the last few years. Moments of particular excitement were the first time the Ladies Blues Boat joined the men on the Thames to participate in the annual, televised Varsity Boat Race in 2015, and the Women’s Rugby Blues playing at Twickenham in 2016. It is wonderful that these fixtures are now constants in the Oxford sporting calendar. Atalanta’s will continue to support female athletes and help them to achieve their potential. The 2017/18 committee aims to ensure that Atalanta’s continues to grow and offers interesting, fun and beneficial opportunities for all its members.

Atalanta’s is a sporting, social club that believes that female athletes should be celebrated and supported not just at the University of Oxford, but within the local community too. We aim to help both individuals and teams enhance their sporting careers through the provision of a network of likeminded people and the provision of financial aid.

Atalanta’s provides a platform throughout the year for our members to socialise with fellow athletes, be it over lunch at The Varsity Club or at one of our termly cocktail events. We also award grants to sports clubs in order for them to carry out an important part of their training throughout their season. On an individual basis, we award an Atalanta’s Teammate of the Year for a member who has contributed outstandingly in all areas of their sporting field. To support the wider community, Atalanta’s runs outreach camps at local schools that provide coaching in different sporting areas to local schoolchildren. Away from the sports field, Atalanta’s’ sponsors host networking events for our members that allow them to gain a greater insight into certain industries that may be potential career options post-Oxford.

Atalanta’s is proud to be an inclusive Society and is thus not limited to those girls who have won Blues. We therefore extend our membership out to any girl who has competed, or is forecasted to compete, in a Varsity Match in her respective sport. Our aim is to allow Oxford Sportswomen to recognise their achievements, meet likeminded individuals, and enable everyone to reach their full sporting potential while at Oxford.

Benefits include:

  • Events:
    • Termly cocktail events
    • Free members’ dinners
    • Discounted Atalanta’s hospitality VIP tickets to Twickenham Varsity match
    • Joint boat on the Thames with Vincent’s for the annual boat race
    • Blues presentation evening at the Oxford Union
    • Joint Atalanta’s and Vincent’s cocktails in University Parks
    • Annual Christmas dinner at the Oxford-Cambridge club
    • Termly members meetings.
  • Members area with highly subsidised lunches – a great place to catch up with your team or meet other members, especially post Park End!
  • Atalanta’s grants to support Sportswomen in Oxford based on excellence and need
  • Networking events with our sponsors and frequent information about schemes and internships our sponsors run
  • The opportunity to purchase Atalanta’s stash
  • Access to Vincent’s club on weekday evenings and on Saturday lunchtimes and the opportunity to book facilities for private use
  • Access to our alumni database and opportunities to integrate with alumni providing good social and networking opportunities
  • Access to our Facebook page which will have updates of upcoming events as well as match results from across the university