President’s Welcome

Welcome to the official website of Atalanta’s, Oxford University’s society for elite sportswomen.

I am extremely pleased to announce that BP are kindly continuing to support the club for 2013-14. They are hugely committed to both excellence and diversity, and we are delighted that they are going to be supporting us again this year. Watch this space for their up-coming events.

Atalanta’s was founded in 1992 with the aims of bringing together Oxford’s leading sportswomen and promoting women’s sport both within and outside of the university.

Over the last two years we have celebrated the club’s 20th anniversary and ran the inaugural members only Women in Sport Speaker Series in 2011-12, attracting Baroness Sue Campbell CBE (the chair of UK sport and the UK sport trust) and the journalist and broadcaster Sally Jones. We were also excited to welcome Baroness Grey-Thompson DBE and Kelly Sotherton to our Atalanta’s blues certificate awards ceremony and reception at the Union, following the inaugural event at the Natural History Museum in 2012 (the first of its kind for either men or women in Oxford or Cambridge).

In 2013-14 I aim to provide a broad range of events and activities for both members and their guests, as well as continuing to celebrate women in sport in Oxford and beyond. My committee and I are also working hard to establish an event that will put Atalanta’s firmly on the Oxford social calendar… In addition and thanks to the generosity of Vincent’s and their alumni, we are also able to look forward to the opening of the renovated Vincent’s Club house in the new year, to which our members will continue to have access.

Membership of Atalanta’s allows you not only to enjoy our social and careers based events, but also to access to a wider network of alumni through both Vincent’s and Atalanta’s. The alumni network is extremely active in providing opportunities for past members to maintain contact both with each other and with Atalanta’s in Oxford- the annual Christmas dinner and the V&A Autumn cocktails are two examples which have proved hugely successful, allowing our current members to socialise with their predecessors. For a less informal environment, there is the opportunity to meet in Vincent’s Club for drinks in the evenings and lunch at the weekends, which we warmly encourage members to attend, and on crew dates organised by our Social Secretary!

As a society set up and run by sportswomen, Atalanta’s seeks to provide support for talented individuals at Oxford and to recognise their success. To this end, we have established the Atalanta’s Teammate of the Year Award, presented at the annual Sports Federation Ball. Atalanta’s also awards grants at the end of Trinity term in collaboration with our Trustees, for which any Oxford sportswoman is eligible.

On this website you will find all the information you need regarding our events and women’s sport in Oxford, including a timetable of upcoming events, how to join Atalanta’s and links to female sport’s clubs, stash and match fixtures. If you need any more information, please do not hesitate to contact me at president[at]atalantas.org.

Rebecca Preece
President 2013-14