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Staff Club (TCSSSC)
Walking BootsTrinity College Staff Sports and Social Club
Est. 1887

Welcome to our website. On it we hope to provide you with a brief history of the club, details of the club including a program of future events and a short review of those we have recently had.

History of the Club

The origins of the staff club can be traced as far back as the 1870s when a group of college servants joined together to form a cricket club. In the early part of the twentieth century the range of sporting events in which club members participated gradually increased to include competitions in football, tennis, rowing and bowling: for example cricket matches were played with teams composed from the servants from Eton and Harrow Colleges as well as the staff of Cambridge Post Office while tennis competitions were held with Fulbourn Mensí Club. There was also participation in the Inter-Collegiate rowing competition. Sports days for college staff with sack races, races for pensioners and egg and spoon races were a regular fixture in the clubís sporting calendar into the 1950s. A variety of competitive matches in different sports have taken place between departments of the college as well as with Fellows and students over the years. More recently fishing competitions, golf matches, snooker and ten-pin bowling evenings have become part of our sporting programme.

Social events also became a feature of club life. In the early years of the twentieth century water and smoking parties with musical and theatrical entertainment were highly popular. In 1949 members were able to enjoy a day trip to London with dinner at the Lyons Corner House in Coventry Street followed by a variety show at the Victoria Theatre. For the 1951 calendar the social highlight was an outing to the Festival of Britain while 1976 saw a visit to Chatsworth arranged specially by the Duke of Devonshire. More recently, members have been on shopping trips to Bluewater, day trips to Bruges, Bath and the Cotswolds and weekend trips to Paris and Disneyland. Family days out have also become popular with trips to Legoland, the Black Country Museum and Greenwich.

The club also has a welfare role. In the 1950s this involved sending fifty cigarettes to two members of the club on National Service and a food parcel to the value of £1/0/0 to a member wounded during the landings at Suez. Today we provide a point of contact between the college and staff in particular to many retirees for whom the club organises an annual lunch and a Christmas coffee morning.

The club has several hundred members, many retirees, and we continue to organise a wide range of sporting and social events as we have done for over one hundred and thirty years.

Staff Club Committee

Following the adoption of a new constitution the club is managed by a committee. The 2012 committee is as follows:

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