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OW Sports Clubs

All OWW are encouraged to join any of the clubs listed below and this page aims to give an idea of the activities on offer and what’s involved (practice times, fixtures etc.). Recent news from the various clubs may be found in the annual reports published in the Elizabethan Newsletter (please click here to view PDF copies of previous issues). OW men and women are encouraged to be involved in all OW sport although for some sports currently only single sex teams exist - if you would like to start a new OW sports club please email alumni@westminster.org.uk for details of the process.

Pictured right: Success at the OWGS Summer Meeting (see below).


OW Angling meets on an ad hoc basis to fish at various locations as and when opportunities arise. Any OWW with an interest in angling are encouraged to come along.

A visit to a trout lake is planned in September 2016 along with a Grayling Day on the River Test October/November 2016 - please contact Chris Manderson (details below) for further information.

How to get involved
Email or phone Chris Manderson (GG, 1957-62), 0777 152 2215, cmanderson@comitfs.com 


The Athletics Club was founded in 1963 when OWW were invited by the School to take part in the annual Towpath Race. OW Athletics do not organise regular training sessions so OWW are encouraged to join their local and university clubs and to compete with the OWW for annual set fixtures. This has settled recently into two main events: the Towpath Cup, a handicap race against the School and Common Room every September, and an Inter Old Boys’ cross-country event in December, in which OWW have done particularly well in recent years.

How to get involved
Email John Goodbody (LL, 1956-61) john@jbgoodbody.co.uk


OW Cricket has nets at School on Wednesday nights during Election Term and organise a number of fixtures (away games and games at Vincent Square) May to August each year. A fixtures list is circulated ahead of the start of the season – if you wish to receive a copy please email alumni@westminster.org.uk with your preferred postal address.

How to get involved
Email Jake Robson (AHH, 2001-06) jnarobson@googlemail.com


OW Fives has around 30 active members, ranging in age from recent School leavers to veterans in their 50s. The Club fields teams in the very competitive First and Second Divisions of the EFA League, though with one third of the 30 fixtures being 'Friendlies' and a number of club practice nights, there are opportunities for players of all skill levels. The majority of the matches take place on the Westminster courts on weekday evenings.

How to get involved
Email Chris Watts (DD, 1985-89) cdjwatts@hotmail.com


OW Football has two sides plus a ‘Veterans’ Team’ playing in the Arthurian League and various cups on Saturdays from September to May with about 25 games in total per season. New players of any age and ability are very welcome.

How to get involved
Email George Burnett (RR, 2002-07) george.burnett@hotmail.co.uk or Edar Mullan (HH, 1996-2001) motown_junkyard@yahoo.co.uk 


2018 OWGS Fixture Card

OW Golf is involved in a large number of fixtures March to November each year and have achieved a high level of success due to some dedicated and extremely talented players.

On Friday 29th September the OWGS were playing in the Final Rounds of the Grafton Morrish at Brancaster. In a very close match we just lost 1-2 to a very strong Glasgow Academy team who went on to the semi-final where they lost 1-2 to George Heriot’s. George Heriot’s lost 1-2 to Epsom in the Final.

OWGS results were:
Oli Flynn & Henry Kingsbury lost 2&1
Edward Cartwright & Ilya Kondrashov lost 4&3
David Blackadder-Weinstein & Tom Smith won 4&3

The OWGS Autumn Meeting was held at New Zealand Golf Club on Monday 18th September and it was a very enjoyable day. Everyone was very lucky with the weather.

The results were as follows:
Grover Scratch Cup: Edward Cartwright 65 (believed to be the lowest score by an OW for many years if not ever!)
Sutherland Cup: Sir Nicholas Hamblen 34pts (won on count back)
Willoughby Spoon: John McAnally 34pts
Gerrish Leighton Tankards: Robin Brown & Ian Mackinnon 39pts

The OWGS Summer 2017 Meeting was held at Seaford Golf Club 29th/30th July and, despite pouring rain on Saturday afternoon and high winds on Sunday morning, 16 OWW had a very enjoyable time. The party ranged from the young to the elderly with four members in their mid-twenties and five over the age of 75.
The Winners were:
The Mellor Salver: David Blackadder-Weinstein with 96 pts.The Barnes Goblets: David Blackadder-Weinstein & Bill Coutts Donald with 34 pts.The Stilgoe Bowl: Ronnie Bulgin with 62 pts.The Barley Putter: Henry Kingsbury. The Bulgin Salvers: John McAnally and David Roy.

On Tuesday, 6th June 2017 the OWGS played in the Senior Bernard Darwin, three pairs of scratch foursomes for players over 65 years. Unfortunately we lost 1-2 to the Wellingtonians. Our results were:

Geoffrey Pope & David Roy lost.
David Coaten & Douglas Frost won.
John McAnally & Simon Mortimore lost.

On 21st January 2017 the 'Ant Hornsby and Tudor Davies 2 Ball Better Ball Stableford Competition' was played  for the first time at New Zealand Golf Club and the winners were Alan Jackson and John McAnally with 46 pts, Edward Cartwright and David Roy were second with 45 pts.

Everybody was very pleased that Jane Davies with her sons James and Alex came to present the prizes.

2017 Fixture Card
OWGS Spring 2017 Update
OWGS Spring 2016 Update

How to get involved
Email David Roy (AHH, 1955-61) daroy@btinternet.com

Real Tennis

Real Tennis, or 'Tennis' (the other game being “Lawn Tennis”), is the only sport played by Old Westminsters that pre-dates the re-founding of the School by Elizabeth I.  Old Westminster Real Tennis encourages involvement from OWW of all ages and handicaps who are interested in representing the Elizabethans, reviving or beginning their involvement in Real Tennis.

Members tend to play at their own clubs and come together for fixtures - there are no regular team practises. We have matches against clubs such as Oxford, Petworth and others and participate in the Brigands Peripatetic Tournament.

How to get involved
Email Simon Marshall (DD, 1990-95) imarsha@hotmail.com or Edwin Richards (AHH, 1977-81) edwin@alienor.biz.


The OW Tennis Club (OWLTC) plays on Wednesday evenings (April to September) from 6.30 pm in Vincent Square, as well as Saturday mornings (April to December) from 10.30 am to 1 pm and all OWW are very welcome!

The OWLTC participate in a regular schedule of friendly matches as well as fixtures such as the D’Abernon Cup. The Club also organise a full calendar of social events throughout the year.

How to get involved
Email Tristan Vanhegan (HH, 1994-99) tristanvanhegan@hotmail.com


The Elizabethan Boat Club, the rowing club for Old Westminsters, encourages involvement from new members of all ages and skill levels who are interested in keeping up or reviving their involvement in Water. The Club would be particularly happy to hear from anyone who can offer coxing and/or coaching experience.  The Elizabethan Boat Club offers a balanced and flexible training programme designed to accommodate busy professionals. Outings are on weekends (usually Sunday mornings) in boats ranging from singles and pairs up to the use of our own VIII, while land training is run on weekdays in members’ own time, with a contingent training together at the Royal Courts of Justice's gym. We race competitively, usually on and around Tideway. Key dates in the calendar to date have been the Head of the River Race in the spring, and Henley Royal Regatta in the summer.

How to get involved:

Email Tim Jones (LL, 1992-97) timjones101@yahoo.co.uk or Jack Holborn (LL, 1997-2002)  jack.holborn@hotmail.co.uk.

OW Events

27th March 2018
Young Gaudy

19th April 2018

College Society Spring Lecture 


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