The Hawks’ Club at Cambridge University
The Hawks’ Club is a members-only club for Cambridge’s elite sportsmen. It was founded in 1872 and was created in response to The St. John’s Eagles Club that would not let students from other colleges apply for membership. The Hawks’ Club accepts applications from members of any constituent college who has completed at least one term in residence and has earned a full blue, half blue or second team colours.
Hoping to foster a feeling of brotherhood among athletes, the club accepts a maximum of 230 Hawks in Residence and members are elected for life so there are a few thousand fellow hawks worldwide. The members must be elected into the club and get to enjoy all the resources of the club house, located at No 18 Portugal Place, including a member’s room, dining room, and basement bar.
The Hawks’ Club hosts many events throughout the year including events every Wednesday and Sunday at Cambridge night clubs, Ballare and The Place. They also host a dinner for members in London prior to the varsity Rugby match and an annual ball called ‘The Hawks Event.’
In addition, they award money to various sportsmen and women around the campus under financial strain; this is called ‘The Hawks Charitable Trust.’ The club also fosters The Hawk Magazine as well as put on The Hawks’ Talks Speaker series, which aims to bring notable sportsmen and hawk members to the Cambridge campus.
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