Welcome to Cambridge University Lacrosse Club (CULC)
Mattijs De Paepe – President 2020-21
For all enquiries regarding matches please contact the relevant Captain, for any other enquiry, especially regarding sponsorship, please contact the President. All contact details are on the “Contact” page.
The men’s lacrosse team was founded in 1882, making it the oldest university lacrosse club in the United Kingdom, and one of the oldest clubs in the world. Almost ever since, we have been playing in the Southern English Lacrosse leagues, currently competing with 2 teams in the South of England Men’s Lacrosse Association (SEMLA) Division 1 and East Anglia leagues respectively. These matches are played every Saturday from September through to April with a break for Christmas. We also compete in the SEMLA Intermediate Flags knockout tournament every year. SEMLA matches are open to all members of the club, so you don’t need to be affiliated to the university to play competitive lacrosse for us! We train twice a week – more information can be found on the training page.
During the week, we compete every Wednesday during term time in the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) leagues and cups. These matches are only available to our members who are affiliated to the university.
The highlight of our season is the annual Varsity match played against Oxford University. The inaugural Varsity match was played in 1903, and the Light and Dark Blues have competed for the Varsity trophy every year since with the exception of breaks for both World Wars. Men’s Lacrosse is the oldest half blue sport in the University, and we award up to 10 half blues per year to players who distinguish themselves in the Varsity match.
The team is always looking for keen newcomers of any ability. As we compete in many different leagues and with multiple teams, our squad is regularly made up of complete beginners as well as a lot of experienced players. If you would like to get involved, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the Captains. Their details can be found on the contacts page.
The Lacrosse Club also possess a dedicated Alumni Association, The XVI Club. Established in 2010, the club takes its name from an old society within the lacrosse club, and aims to provide a network for CULC alumni as well as to support the lacrosse club. Each year the XVI Club host a reception at the Varsity match, an annual dinner at the start of May and a number of other events throughout the year. All Cambridge lacrosse alumni are warmly invited to all events. To get in contact, please email Nick Evans, who will be able to direct you on to the XVI Club.