The Achilles Club
All CUAC members who have competed for the University against Oxford are invited to join the Achilles Club. The Club is exclusively for past and present CUAC and OUAC members, and exists to help strengthen and maintain for life the friendships forged between University club mates and their rivals at ‘the other place’.
Achilles enters teams for several matches in the UK each year such as the London Inter Club Challenge and the Kinnaird and Sward meeting. These offer good-quality competition, often with seeded races, and prove to be a great opportunity for past and present members of CUAC and OUAC to compete together.
Every fourth year (including 2013) Achilles arranges a tour to the US for a series of matches against the Ivy League Universities: Penn-Cornell and Harvard-Yale. This tour is open to both current students as well as recent alumni from Oxford and Cambridge, and all CUAC members are eligible for consideration for selection for one such tour. In the intervening years, Achilles hosts reciprocal matches for the visiting American teams.
Other major overseas tours are arranged which are open to all Achilles members and these are an amazing way of broadening athletic, social and geographic horizons. In recent years, Achilles teams have toured to Austria, China, Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong and South Africa as well as undertaking shorter domestic trips to e.g. the Channel Islands and the Isle of Wight.
Several Achilles events are held each year such as the Post-Varsity Match Dinner, the American Achilles Foundation Dinner and the Achilles Olympic Gathering. Impromptu drinks, barbecues and curries after matches are commonplace.
A large part of the organisational structure which gives continuity to events like the Varsity Match is provided by the Achilles Club. The President, Captains and Hon. Sec. of CUAC, and their immediate Past-President, are all ex officio members of the Achilles Club committee.
CUAC could not function in the way it does without the finance it receives from Achilles membership subscriptions and the voluntary charitable donations to the Achilles Trust from its older members.
To be invited to join Achilles’ illustrious membership is considered an honour, and enables members to maintain contact for life with contemporaries and with CUAC. Visit the Achilles Club’s website and check out pictures and stats from past Varsity matches, upcoming Achilles fixtures and much more. CUAC’s Achilles Representative for the coming year is Beth Swords (firstname.lastname@example.org).