Officially Cambridge's sportiest college

The Sporting Tompkins Table

In News, Opinion, Sports by Oliver Garner8 Comments

Are the stereotypes about Cambridge sport true? Over the next few weeks, Blue Bird will be using empirical data to answer questions that have dominated conversations in college bars for the last 150 years…

Are Land Economists over-represented in sports teams?
Do the class lists show that footballers deserve their reputation as… a bit dim?
How hard is it for a fresher to make it into a Blues team?
Should we listen to our DoS who gives us stick for BUCS Wednesdays, assuming we’ll fail our degree because of missing those precious academic afternoons?

This week we introduce to you the Sporting Tompkins Table – a ranking of colleges by the numbers of students they have representing Cambridge at sport. So, which college is the sportiest?

catz-2

Officially Cambridge’s sportiest college

Methodology

The Men’s and Women’s Blues Committees have kindly sent Blue Bird a list of all athletes who achieved a Blue, Half Blue or University Colour in the year 2013/14 (we still await a complete set of information for the most recent academic year).

We recorded 456 performances from 441 men and 387 performances from 363 women.

To compare colleges and create the Sporting Tompkins Table, Full Blues score 4 points, Half Blues score 2 points and athletes with University Colours score 1 point. Athletes with recognition in multiple sports count multiple times, once for each sport. The table is weighted by college size to give a better indication of which college is the sportiest.

Results

St Catharine’s leave some distance between themselves and 2nd placed Magdalene. For such a small college, Magdalene impressively scored Full Blues in nearly all the major sports. On this measure, Caius failed to top the table but still managed a highly credible third. Cambridge’s second largest college, Trinity, at a lowly 16th. Interestingly, colleges with a smaller proportion of postgraduate students finish higher in the weighted tables.

Of the 10 colleges with a graduate population of a third or lower, 6 finished in the top 10 in the weighted table. Any relationship tends to be accentuated by the weak performances of the mature students’ colleges – generally you’ll find a larger proportion of undergrads are more interested in playing sport than postgrads. This will be further examined in a later article.

College M B H C W B H C All B H C Pts Stud P/100S
Catz 5 4 4 9 19 4 14 23 8 110 695 15.83
Magd 9 9 3 3 3 2 12 12 5 77 539 14.29
Caius 9 10 12 6 10 1 15 20 13 113 839 13.47
Sidney 5 9 2 3 11 2 8 20 4 76 571 13.31
Jesus 13 6 7 4 7 4 17 13 11 105 835 12.57
Robinson 7 10 2 3 4 1 10 14 3 71 595 11.93
Downing 6 4 5 7 7 4 13 11 9 83 698 11.89
Medwards 8 11 6 8 11 6 60 527 11.39
Clare 9 8 5 4 5 3 13 13 8 86 760 11.32
Selwyn 4 6 5 4 7 3 8 13 8 66 591 11.17
Fitz 9 8 4 3 7 4 12 15 8 86 779 11.04
Queens’ 11 11 5 3 10 2 14 21 7 105 967 10.86
Emma 7 6 4 3 6 10 10 12 14 78 719 10.85
John’s 10 12 2 2 11 3 12 23 5 99 923 10.73
Girton 6 4 5 6 5 3 12 9 8 74 714 10.36
Trinity 8 12 9 6 6 6 14 18 15 107 1055 10.14
Churchill 9 10 4 1 8 1 10 18 5 81 805 10.06
Corpus 2 7 2 5 2 1 7 9 3 49 518 9.46
Hughes 5 8 3 3 4 3 8 12 6 62 700 8.86
P’house 2 4 3 3 2 5 6 3 35 406 8.62
Pembroke 5 3 2 2 7 9 7 10 11 59 714 8.26
Christ’s 3 5 4 4 5 1 7 10 5 53 648 8.18
Eddies 6 1 3 1 2 7 3 3 37 505 7.33
King’s 5 5 2 3 2 8 7 2 48 670 7.16
Newnham 7 5 7 7 5 7 45 653 6.89
Tit Hall 2 5 2 1 3 2 3 8 4 32 630 5.08
Homerton 9 3 1 4 3 6 13 6 7 71 1398 5.08
Darwin 3 1 3 1 3 1 4 4 4 28 667 4.20
Wolfson 2 9 2 0 2 2 2 11 4 34 935 3.64
Clare H 4 0 4 0 8 257 3.11
Lucy Cav 1 2 1 1 2 1 9 351 2.56

Coming up – the sportiest subjects, the brainiest sports and just how hard is it for a fresher to get a blue?

Are you interested in Cambridge Sport, why not join the Blue Bird team

Comments

  1. Anonymous

    and i thought John’s was the sports college, guess they’re good at nothing now

  2. A Newnhamite

    I would be interested to see a similar table for just women – Newnham and Medwards (and Lucy Cavendish) are both lower down the table than their performance merits given they only have the chance to get half the number of blues as other colleges

  3. Can one only play sport if one was well educated?

    Will the empirical data be used to see the difference between blues if athletes went to a private/public school vs state school?

  4. Oliver Garner

    A Newnhamite (can’t reply directly) –

    It would be entirely possible for me to do this, and may well form part of an article later in the term (written either by myself or someone else) about issues regarding the Women’s Blues Committee and the degree of parity it has with the men’s equivalent in terms of its ability to award Blues.

    Oliver

  5. Oliver Garner

    Can one only play sport if one was well educated? –

    I would love to do an article on this, and I will touch on this and related issues in a future article about how well sportspeople do in exams compared to the Cambridge student population. Unfortunately, the Blues Committees haven’t provided us with this data so to the only way to collect it would either be by Facebook stalking (which would be really creepy and would take ages) or by asking the university directly through an FOI request, but the Data Protection Act is quite strong in this area so success would be unlikely.

    Oliver

Leave a Comment