The Clubhouse is at No 18 Portugal Place Cambridge, a pedestrian-only street opening off Bridge Street. It is on four floors comprising the basement Bar, ground floor Members’ Room, second-floor Dining Room, and top floor Meeting Room and Steward’s Flat. You can find contact details and a map here. Further information about the Clubhouse for reciprocal members can also be found here.
In 1996, members endowed the Hawks’ Charitable Trust to make awards to University sportsmen and women, who are of Blue standard or higher, to support their sporting development.
Many famous sporting names have been, or are, Members – Rob Andrew, Mike Atherton, Chris Brasher, Ted Dexter, Gavin Hastings, Tony Lewis, and George Nash to name just a few. Find out more about the hundreds of Internationals and Olympians from our membership here.
The company was formed to raise funds for, to manage the refurbishment of, and to manage the day-to-day affairs of the Clubhouse. The Company is owned wholly by Hawks.
The Trustees hold its two Ordinary Shares (‘golden’ shares) which grant them ultimate control. In addition, there are 3,200 odd £1 Redeemable Ordinary Shares linked to £500 Loan Notes. Some 72% of these are now owned by the Club including those held by other individuals who have waived their right to repayment. The Company has a liability in respect of the 757 Loan Notes held by other individuals but has no other borrowings and the property is worth considerably more than the balance.
The Club’s income is used to purchase additional shares, and thereby increase its proportion of the whole – the aim being to enable the Club to own the entire Company, and hence the premises.
Board of Directors
There are currently 4 Directors (meet them here). The Board meets 2-4 times per year. The Club President and one of the Trustees will normally attend.
The Board delegates responsibility for the day-to-day management of the Clubhouse and its commercial activities to a Management Committee, comprising representative Directors of the Company, a Club Trustee, the current Club President and Secretary, a representative of the Dining Rights Club, (DRC), the Clubhouse staff, and such other expertise as the Committee requires from time to time. It normally meets monthly.
None of the officers of these various bodies (save for the Clubhouse staff) receives remuneration for the time that they offer to the Club.