Football (RPCFC)

Football at Regent’s has always been well-contested and, by players and loyal fans alike, is very well-loved. The squad is made up of members of the Junior and Middle Common Rooms and, alongside rowing and mixed netball, is one of our three major sports teams. Despite being a small college, Regent’s is able to consistently field a skilful and competitive team. In the first term, we compete in the inter-collegiate Cuppers competition, as well as playing weekly league matches during the first two terms of the year. In addition to this, 5-a-side indoor football occurs in the summer, in a weekly knockout competition.

This year was one of mixed fortunes for RPCFC. Although unable to recreate our prodigious Cuppers success of recent memory, under the captaincy of Thomas Jordan, the team’s consistency meant we enjoyed a very successful season in the league, winning it, and securing promotion for next season. More importantly, the loyalty and dedication of the team have meant that we have been able to enjoy competitive footy week in, week out. Looking to next season, we’re all looking forward to welcoming new members of the college to the side to supplement the already strong group of players and hope to continue the upward trajectory of this season’s success.

The 2016-17 season has been incredibly challenging and enjoyable. We have welcomed footballers with a wide range of abilities into the squad, and it is a testament to the core group of players that we managed to field a competitive team each week. It would be remiss not to mention the remarkable achievement of Felix Jones this year. Playing up front he not only smashed the Regent’s goal-scoring record before the season was halfway up, but broke the whole league’s scoring record with an impressive tally of 17 goals. He has been an incredible asset to the side and an invaluable weapon that has threatened defences all season long.

The most important take-home is that football at Regent’s extends far beyond the pitch. It is a fantastic way to get out of college, enjoy a bit of exercise and a chance to spend time with a real variety of people. The club has a really good balance between social and competitive elements and the strong sense of team spirit is indicative of Regent’s ethos as a whole. A particular celebration of this comes in Hilary Term, with the Regent’s Alumni game. This fiercely contested game between RPCFC past and present is very good fun, sees most of the college on the touchline and is followed by a curry and drinks. Throughout the season, we are appreciative of our loyal group of fans on the sidelines and they are always more than welcome at the often very well-earned post-game pub trip.

Having not played football for several years before arriving at Regent’s, I was slightly apprehensive, but I am unbelievably proud of having been part of a welcoming and gutsy team this season and am thrilled to be captaining the side next year. See you on the pitch!

Jody Clark

RPCFC Captain 2017