Clubs and Societies

Frisbee in the sky over the Maiden Castle sports grounds. Photo by Iqbal Ahmed.

Clubs and Societies are a vital part of Ustinov College. They are a great way to meet new people, make friends, represent Ustinov, and have fun!

Quick links to descriptions of individual clubs and societies:
Football Men’s Teams
Football Women’s Team
Table Tennis
Tang Soo Do
Ultimate Frisbee
Gaming Society
Hairstyle & Lifestyle Society

Our clubs and societies are inclusive of everyone regardless of experience and provide a friendly atmosphere and a welcome break from your studies throughout the year. This is your chance to come along and try something new! More clubs and societies can be formed throughout the year, so feel free to get in touch with the Clubs & Societies Officer if you have any ideas: cs.ustinovgcr(at)

The clubs and societies can be divided into competitive sports teams and non-competitive societies:

Sports: Our sports teams represent Ustinov in competitions with teams from other colleges. Sometimes they even get to represent Durham University in matches against teams from other universities! But despite the competitive nature, the teams are very friendly and welcoming towards people of all skill levels. The inclusive spirit of our teams means that newcomers quickly become part of the ensemble. Currently, Ustinov has basketball (m/f), cricket (mixed), football (m/f), hockey (m/f), table tennis (mixed), and ultimate frisbee (mixed) teams. Another type of sports are our pool and darts teams where you don’t even have to get sweaty to be victorious. Scroll down to see some pictures and read more about each team!

Societies: In our non-sports societies you can meet people who share your interests! Currently, we have a choir, a board games society, and a hairstyle & lifestyle society. Ustinov has many Master students who only stay for one year, so the number of societies can fluctuate a lot from year to year. Feel free to start your own!

Starting new societies: Click here for more information!

Facilities: To see the sports halls our clubs and societies have access to, please click here.

A word from the Clubs and Societies Officer Vera Bieber (2018-19)

When I came to Durham and Ustinov, I soon joined a sports team and two non-sports societies and later founded a new sports club that had not previously existed. I am now in the second year of my PhD and the clubs and societies are still one of the most important parts of college life to me. What better way to catch a break from your work than to spend time with people who are enthusiastic about a common interest?? The competitive sports have a special place in my heart because it fills me with pride to see Ustinov teams doing well against teams from other colleges full of undergrads that have more free time and stick around for a longer time. But it also makes me happy to see variety of non-sports societies Ustinov boasts and I wish that we can expand it even further to cover even more interests! I can only recommend each and every one of you to try out at least one or two of our clubs and societies to get the most out of your time here.
For any questions about clubs & societies, feel free to contact me: cs.ustinovgcr(at)



A list of all the current clubs and societies can be found below. If you would like to join a club or society, just email the listed contact. If you don’t find what you are looking for, maybe it is time to set up a new club or society.


Badminton Club
Captain: Lingshu (Ivy) Pan –
Vice-captain: Atreyee Mishra –
Training: (time to be announced), Durham High School for Girls sports hall
Facebook group: Ustinov Racket Sports

Badminton training is available every week. We use the Durham High School for Girls sports hall. Another option is the Hild Bede Gym.
Usually we are about ten people, but newcomers are always welcome. We have three to four courts and plenty of rackets and shuttlecocks. As we only have a handful of matches throughout the entire year (mixed team, 3 male + 3 female), our trainings have a very relaxed and friendly atmosphere. All are welcome to join!


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Mixed Ustinov basketball team representing Durham University in York.

Basketball Club

Men’s Captain: Alberto Rosales –
Women’s Captain: Ilona Kater –
Training: Tuesdays 7.10-8.30pm, Durham School sports hall
Facebook group: Ustinov College Basketball Club

Ustinov Basketball is a club for long-time players and beginners alike. We meet twice a week to practice skills and have friendly matches with one another. For the more competitive minds, we also take part in the popular college league against other undergraduate colleges. We are also open to Postgraduates from other colleges. Training takes place at Durham School from 7.10-8.30pm on Tuesdays and optional slots at Hild Bede West Gym. So if you want to make friends at our weekly socials and love friendly competitions, we look forward to seeing you!

Men’s Basketball Team


Men’s Football Team warming up. Photo by Iqbal Ahmed.

Football Men’s Team

A Team Captain: Kleitos Stavrou –
B Team Captain: Balder Nieto –
Training: (time to be confirmed), Maiden Castle
Facebook page: Ustinov College AFC

Ustinov College Men’s Football Club is an amateur football club for both members of Ustinov College and Durham University Postgraduates. Two teams compete in both league and cup competitions (11-a-side football) against other Durham University colleges. Matches are played on the weekends at the University’s sports centre (Maiden Castle) and training sessions are held in the evening during the week either at Maiden Castle or at Collingwood College. We are a very internationally diverse group of players. Players of all ages and abilities are welcome. Please message us on Facebook to get involved!

Men’s Football A Team. Photo by Iqbal Ahmed.


Colourful footballs. Photo by Iqbal Ahmed.

Football/Futsal Women’s Team

Captain: Anna Bird – anna.bird(at)

Ustinov and staff women’s football club is the postgraduate and staff women’s football team of Durham University. All levels of players are welcome.

Football w webpage
Women’s Football Team


Hockey Team in action. Photo by Iqbal Ahmed.

Hockey Club

President: Miles Hudson – miyls(at)
Men’s Team Captain: Amrit Lotay –
Women’s Team Captain: Charlotte O’Brien – charlotte.o’
Training: (time to be confirmed), Hockey Astroturf (Maiden Castle)

  • Men and Ladies
  • Training is mixed, matches single sex
  • Matches are played in the collges’ leagues
  • Additional matches in the colleges’ trophy competitions
  • Plus: Durham City HC mixed festival in May
  • All players welcome of any standard, including those who have never played before.
  • Training and matches at Maiden Castle
  • The club has spare sticks to borrow (bring shin pads and spare clean shoes)

£3 per session (training or matches)
OR: one off payment of £35 covers the whole season (£20 for GCR members)

Mixed Hockey Team


Table Tennis balls

Table Tennis

Captain: Henry Truong –
Training: time to be confirmed, table in the Community Room, Neville House
Facebook group: Ustinov Racket Sports

The Table Tennis society was first formed in January 2018 and this academic year we are playing competitively against other colleges for the first time! Everybody is welcome to join our trainings. Training is a serious or relaxed as you want it to be! So get in touch and come along!

Table Tennis society members trying their hand at pickleball.


Tang Soo Do Society

President: Tom Lennie – thomas.m.lennie(at)
Training: Thursdays 7-8pm, Community Room (Neville House, Ustinov College)
Facebook page: Yong-gamhan Ustinov Tang Soo Do

Tang Soo Do is a traditional Korean martial art based on the ancient Korean kicking style of Tae Kyun, and the soft, flowing movements from the Chinese Martial Arts systems. Whilst Tang Soo Do has the rituals and discipline of a traditional martial art, it is designed to equip every student with effective modern self defence knowledge and techniques, while building confidence, discipline, coordination, and self-control.
The European Tang Soo Do Federation is led by Master Suresh Nar, 7th Dan Master belt and is part of a larger global organisation, the International Martial Arts Association (IMA). Tang Soo Do is a semi-contact martial art suitable for children and adults aged 6 to 60. Our clubs are specifically open to all welcoming novices and experts alike.



Captain: Jonathan Reuven – jonathan.a.reuven(at)
Training: (time to be confirmed), Durham High School for Girls sports hall
Facebook group: Ustinov Racket Sports

We are a group of passionate and enthusiastic tennis players of all skill levels looking to improve our abilitiey in the sport as well as develop our match play. We practice on Saturdays in the DHSG sport hall. New players are always welcome!


Frisbee Team match preparations. Photo by Iqbal Ahmed.

Ultimate Frisbee

Captain: Tom Pitts – tom.pitts(at)
Training: (time to be confirmed), Durham High School for Girls sports hall
Facebook group: Ustinov Spin Doctors Ultimate Frisbee

Ultimate is a non-contact, self-refereed team sport played with a flying disc (aka a frisbee). Two mixed teams of 7 compete to score points by passing the frisbee around in a fast paced game of speed, skill, and spirit.
How does a frisbee game work? The team ins possession of the disc is on offence and their goal is to pass the frisbee up the pitch into an end zone to score a point. While in possession of the frisbee, a player cannot leave the spot they are standing on and must move the disc up the pitch by passing to another team mate in any direction. The aim of the defence is simple, to knock the frisbee out of the air or intercept a pass and catch the frisbee themselves. As soon as the frisbee touches the ground, the defensive team becomes the offensive team and can now score in the opposite end zone.
Ultimate Frisbee is lots of fun and you will find a close knit team at Ustinov that are always eager to teach you some new throw or give you tips and pointers on how to improve. We are very friendly and always looking for new players no matter what your ability. If you are interested, get in touch and come along to a session (Monday evening indoors, weekends outdoors) and we will show you the basics.

“Spin Doctors” Ultimate Frisbee Team. Photo by Iqbal Ahmed.



Captain: Alejandra Guillén García – alejandra.guillen-garcia(at)
Training: Fridays 6-7pm, Durham School sports hall


Pool match at Trevelyan College.

Pool Teams

President: Yan Birch – y.k.birch(at)
A Team Captain: Yan Birch – y.k.birch(at)
B Team Captain: Tom Rose – thomas.d.rose(at)
C Team Captain: Ariam Mora – ariam.mora-hernandez(at)
Training: Monday evenings, Ustinov bar

The Ustinov Pool Society has a long and established history within the Durham University Pool League, underpinned by a rise to dominance in the past 3 years. While we pride ourselves on our ability to compete at the highest level, we also pride ourselves on our inclusivity, and so whether you’re a seasoned veteran, or just picking up a cue for the first time, there is a place in the society for you!

Pool Team posing in Fisher House.



Gaming Society

President: Tim James – tim.james(at)
Meetings: Sundays 7-11pm, Community Room (Neville House, Ustinov College)
Facebook group: Ustinov College Gaming Society

The Ustinov Gaming society is all about gaming! Whether it’s our weekly board game nights featuring games such as Eldritch Horror, Ticket to Ride, Fury of Dracula, Port Royal, Robo Rally and many more, or the tabletop RPG games we facilitate, there’s something for everyone.
We meet every Sunday at 7pm in the Community room at Sheraton park. See you there!



Hairstyle & Lifestyle Society on a climbing trip.

Hairstyle & Lifestyle Society

President: Kimberley Liu – jiawei.liu(at)
Facebook group: Ustinov H & L Society 2018-19

Do you want to learn some Asian hairstyles for special occasions? You are welcome to join the Hairstyle and Lifestyle society.
Our purpose is to learn how to do different classic Asian hairstyles and to have discussions about them and learn the culture behind them. We would like to do online tutorials by sharing videos first, then do offline tutorials every two weeks. We will use our members as models and at the same time others can watch and learn. The seminars / offline tutorials and Q&A sessions may last up to 1.5 hours.
Please get in touch to find out about our next events!

Dressing up in traditional Chinese costumes for Chinese New Year.