What is Eton Fives? – squash with your hands, minus the back wall, plus some ledges, a step, some brick pillars and (just to make things a little more interesting) a stonking big buttress on the left wall too! The court has such an obscure structure because it’s based on the side of Eton Chapel, and the resulting craziness that ensues makes it the most fun sport I’ve ever played.
Until recently, there was only one Eton fives court in use in Cambridge, at Magdalene. In 2013, we were lucky enough to see the completion of the Cambridge University Sports Centre and with it 3 brand new state-of-the-art courts. We run two training sessions per week at the Centre, in addition to one specifically for Beginners on Wednesdays, and the Magdalene court can be used whenever you fancy a hit. There are fixtures and tournaments on a regular basis, and members are encouraged to train and play as much or as little as they like – this tends to be pretty often!
Eton fives is a doubles sport, played at the university by complete beginners, the highly experienced and everything in between. No matter what the standard though it’s always a great laugh so I’d strongly recommend it to anyone of any sporting ability, even if you’ve never played a racquet sport. It’s great for people who want to try something completely new and unique, as well as hugely improving hand-eye coordination and doing a bit of exercise in the process.
If you’re interested in giving Eton fives a go, please come and find us at the Freshers’ Fair or contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. More information can be found at www.cuefc.co.uk, and have a click on the video below to see what fives can look like!
The two best pairs in the country battling it out for the national title