Cambridge: birthplace of the laws of football.
Now that we are coming out of the lockdown associated with the coronavirus pandemic, Cambridge Sports Tours is running the walking tours advertised on this site - with suitable additional safety measures. Please make contact if interested. Thank you.
Cambridge Sports Tours is also currently writing a tour guide book majoring on the life of Frank Fenner (founder of Fenner's Cricket Ground in 1848) in the context of the extraordinary sporting developments and achievements taking place in Cambridge at the time.
For more information including to reserve a copy (due out in 2021) email Cambridge Sports Tours. Thank you.
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Cambridge Sports Tours supports Street Child United ( - using the power of sport to change the negative perceptions and treatment of street children everywhere). Cambridge Sports Tours makes donations from the tour income it receives, as well as take part in STUs fundraising activities. For example over £400 was raised at an overnight sleepover at Cambridge United in February 2018 - for the coldest night of the year!
Sports Walking Tour - pick a day and time to suit you - all through the year.
This tour will reveal the many and varied sporting stories and achievements of Cambridge, whilst walking its historic and beautiful streets.
Highlights include the new sculpture on Parker's Piece commemorating Cambridge as 'the birthplace of the laws of modern-day football', the athletes featured in Chariots of Fire, Henry VIII's football boots, the USA bobsleigh champion who was killed in the 2nd World War, the 'night-climbing' exploits of students returning to their Colleges, the College where the only Olympic medal winner to win a Nobel Prize was a student, where the bullring, and Bull Hotel were situated, and the history of rowing, punting and swimming whilst standing next to the river - and much more besides.
Tours can take 1 hour (costing £80), 1.5 hours (costing £90) or 2 hours (costing £100) - which includes a half time break at Fitzbillies, featuring its famous Chelsea bun.
Numbers are restricted to no more than 12 individuals.
If you want to book a tour please contact us to let us know what date(s) and times are best for you, the numbers attending, and any sport(s) you might like the tour to focus on.
Corporate - sport experiences / walking tours - for customers or staff
"Highly recommended" by Tony Collard - Sales Director for Ethos who provide a range of unified voice, document and data solutions to over 4,000 customers worldwide,
Cambridge Sports Tours organised a half day experience for 16 x Ethos Sales staff, to include:
a 2 -hour walking tour through the city's beautiful and historic streets, ending up at the 'Cambridge as the birthplace of the laws of football' sculpture on Parker's Piece
coffee to start at the Hawks Club
3-course lunch overlooking iconic Cambridge views, and
Why not book Cambridge Sports Tours to provide a similar experience for your staff or customers?
In addition to a tour, or instead of, we can provide a unique rowing experience in the new Cambridge Rowing Tank - a safe and realistic £700,000 facility, or why not try out Real Tennis, or Eton Fives?
Just contact us and we can work on putting a package together for you.
Your Tour Guide
Nigel Fenner established Cambridge Sports Tours in 2017 and since then has provided tours and sporting experiences to corporate businesses, language schools, schools and the general public as well as made presentations to local history societies, the Society of Tour Guides and the Open Cambridge Festival.
Nigel is DBS checked and can provide tailored risk assessments for school groups. Cambridge Sports Tours holds Public Liability Insurance for up to £5 million for guided walking tours and sports coaching, where this is required.
Nigel Fenner was a student at the University of Cambridge where he played football against Oxford University at Wembley stadium, so securing his 'Blue'. Nigel also played for Arsenal Youth.
He has also played and coached a range of other sports for example winning his oar when rowing for Downing College, playing fly half to Gareth Edwards and being the pre-season fitness trainer to Ian Botham and Somerset County Cricket Club. Cycling is his current passion, including cycling from Lands End to John O'Groats.
Nigel is also related to Francis P. Fenner, who as a local tobacconist and talented cricketer, created Fenner's Cricket Ground in the mid 19th Century.
Nigel is a qualified teacher, and sports scientist, who has lived and worked locally for over 35 years mostly for local charities - with young offenders, people with disabilities, and more recently with young people excluded from mainstream education.
"This is a talk given by a local treasure and amusing eccentric."
"Nigel has a great wealth of knowledge....I really enjoyed his anecdotes and stories, as well as his very informal and engaging style."
"Nigel is an excellent guide......He introduces a new way of looking at Cambridge – from a sports history point of view, looking at Town and Gown through his many sporting stories and excellent knowledge of the historical background."
"Nigel is great company...."
"Throughout the tour Nigel was very engaging and encouraged a lot of questions, and friendly banter, from his audience."
"Nigel has a very inclusive and friendly approach and took the trouble to find out what everyone was interested in and wanted to find out about."
"He is also a considerate host, checking on our welfare and needs, on what was a very cold day."
In the absence of Nigel Fenner other suitably qualified and experienced Guides or Sports Coaches will lead Cambridge Sports Tour sessions.
If you want a history (rather than sports) tour of Cambridge, Cambridge Sports Tours highly recommends Cambridge City Tours.
If you would like to find out more information, I would be more than happy to help. Please fill out the form below and I will get back to you as soon as possible.
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