Fitz students in Varsity football match

Wednesday, 23 March, 2016 - 18:15
Varsity football Blues

Fitz students Henry Warne, Joe Painter and Peter Rutzler are playing in this year’s Varsity football match on Sunday 27 March.

The 132nd Varsity Football Match will take place at Craven Cottage, home of Fulham FC, at 12:45. It has been co-ordinated with the Boat Race so that there is ample time to attend both Varsity events. Tickets are still available for the game and can be purchased here.

Fitz Football has always had a strong tradition and Fitzwilliam has been the most represented college in the University squad and the legendary Blues team for the last three years.

Tradition has been maintained this year with students (from left) Henry Warne (HSPS 2013), Joe Painter (Natural Sciences 2012) and Peter Rutzler (History 2014) all winning places in the Varsity squad.

Henry Warne Joe Painter Peter Rutzler

Their gruelling four training sessions per week, plus Wednesday away games have been increased to include daily training exercises in the run up to the Varsity game – and a drinking ban was also enforced on 10 March.

Henry, Blues Vice-Captain, says that the team trains hard, with 7am Friday gym sessions and three weekly football games. This has proved fruitful as the team beat Oxford a few weeks ago in the University League. Last year, the team held a place in the University first division alongside other football-enthusiast universities like Bath and Loughborough.

The strong track record sets the stage for success and Henry, who has played in the Blues team for three years, says the team is stronger than ever. “The Cambridge University team is also very accepting, friendly and supportive - as socially inclusive as a team can be. Everybody feels comfortable.”

But playing hard doesn’t stop them working hard, and many of the Blues get firsts or high 2.1s in their assignments and exams. Henry points out how beneficial training is for study time management: “Having large blocks of time during the week when you can’t work means you have to plan your time effectively, and work efficiently.”

Good luck to the team!

Tickets are still available for the game! Tickets can be purchased here

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