After a successful morning of lessons, and a very productive set of workshops for each subject after lunch in the Great Hall, students enjoyed the chance to unwind with an afternoon of free time.
A large group of students crossed the Clare College bridge over the River Cam, and wandered along the river towards a spacious, tree-lined meadow towards the back of Queen’s College, to play a football match. There is a very diverse group of students in Clare College this session: from almost every continent, and from numerous countries within each of those— but one enjoyment that definitely unites many is a love of football.
Idols vary: some view Messi as the greatest of all time, others opt for the power of Cristiano Ronaldo, and still others see themselves as following in the footsteps of the likes of Gianluigi Buffon and Manuel Neuer: but regardless of their nationality, club or individual allegiance, football is very much a favourite pastime with the students in Clare. Even among those who may not much appreciate the Beautiful Game, it cannot be denied that to play any sport in The Backs, the series of meadows beside the River Cam, is marvellous. The great facades of several colleges rise splendidly across the water, and in such a setting it is little wonder that the game was a huge amount of fun.
The evening, after dinner in the Great Hall, saw the chance to take part in a salsa class, or to catch up on studies in the Homework Club. The salsa class was a great deal of fun, and students were impressively quick to get the hang of the Latin rhythms, with those already familiar with the dances showing others how to do it.