Founded in 1872, the Hawks’ Club is a unique institution that acts as the supportive core for sportsmen in the University of Cambridge. The usual criterion for membership is that the candidate should have his blue – i.e. taken part in a match or race against Oxford in his particular sport. Countless outstanding athletes have passed through the club in its illustrious history, including numerous Olympians and Internationals. Today the Club is stronger than ever, with over 5,000 members across the globe and up to 250 residential members.

The Trust

The Hawks Charitable Trust was established in 1996.  Donations from Hawks, including a generous bequest, have enabled it to support the best sporting talent, male and female, in the University though a series of awards and bursaries – the largest source of such funding in the University.  In recent years, disbursements in excess of £22,000 in total have been made to some 140 sportsmen and women each year.

Cluhouse Opening Dates

The Clubhouse is open throughout full term, with a variety of food and bar services offered at different times of the week. Please check the Residents’ section for more information

Michaelmas 8 Sept to 17 Dec 2015
Lent Term 5 Jan to 24 March 2016
Easter Term 5 April to 7 July 2016

For the location of the Clubhouse in 18 Portugal Place and for any further enquiries please see Contact Us.



The Blue Bird is the University of Cambridge’s first online newspaper dedicated to all university sports. Please click here to read more about the The Blue Bird, or below to read specific articles. The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the Hawks’ Club

The 2016 Cancer Research UK Boat Race Report
The Boat Races Mar 30, 2016

The 162nd staging of The Boat Race took place in tempestuous conditions, after a dramatic women’s event. Prior to Sunday, the talk had largely revolved around the impressive form of Cambridge and the… Read More

The 2016 Cancer Research UK Boat Race Report
Watch – Varsity Matches highlights!
Izhan Khan Mar 11, 2016

After the Blue Bird and CU-TV took Oxford by storm on 27th February, we made a short video of our day out, including highlights from all the matches! Watch it below: ,p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src=p+"://";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");