Fields Sports Fund                     


College sports teams are often the foundation of lifelong friendships. Sport is an important way for students to develop a wealth of transferable skills, opening doors to many future opportunities. It is therefore essential that the College is able to provide excellent sporting facilities in order to offer all of our students an enriching experience.

St John’s College has established an endowment fund to support the College’s field sports programme which will benefit all sports played outside on the College grounds. The aim of this fund is to raise a total of £1 million, ensuring that future generations of Johnians can continue to enjoy sport at St John’s.

The Field Sports Fund will be directed towards the general upkeep of the College’s sports facilities and related resources, including the continued employment of grounds staff.

 View a list of example equipment costs

 Make a donation to Field Sports



Sporting inspirations – Paul Beard.

 ‘An inspirational leader on and off the field. A man who loved sport and who was dedicated to helping others take part in it.'

Paul Beard (1984) was blessed with a natural athleticism and an inimitable competitive spirit during and after his time in College. ‘Beardy’ was widely known among his contemporaries for his inspirational contribution to College sporting life, representing numerous sports for the College (including the Cambridge rugby victory of 1987) and rejuvenating his local football club, Berkhamsted Raiders. Football coaching and playing opportunities for children of all ages were offered as part of this new local community project. Paul not only coached a number of sides successfully, but took on the responsibility of Chairman, which set his beloved club on a firm financial footing.

Following his sudden passing, a number of Paul’s close Johnian friends set up and contributed to a fund in his memory, allowing the College toestablish an endowment fund to help Johnian men and women with the costs of taking part in sporting activities while at St John’s. As a reflection of Paul’s commitment to helping others enjoy sport, it is proposed that the income from the fund could be put towards buying equipment, coaching, training and travel.

If you would like to make a donation to the Paul Beard Sports Fund, please click here and reference 'Paul Beard Sports Fund' on the donation form.

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