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Devas vs Univ 2015

Devas and Univ footballers at Univ's sports groundsAs a long-term supporter of the Devas Club (which was founded by Univ OM Jocelyn Devas in 1884), University College holds an annual football match with the club in Oxford. This year’s match took place on Sunday 15th November at the Univ Sports Ground.

Dr Paul Flather, Fellow at Mansfield College, Oxford, who has been a trustee with the Devas Club for more than 25 years, said: “This annual match is a wonderful way of bringing together two different segments of our society. The centre piece is always a thrilling and competitive match.  But we also want to allow Devas members to see Oxford and what it offers, and I am sure Oxford students benefit from spending time with youngsters from another segment of our country.”

About the Devas Club

In 1884, Jocelyn Devas, a graduate of University College Oxford started a “Club for working lads” in a room over a coffee tavern in Stewarts Road, Battersea. Two years later in 1886 Jocelyn was tragically killed in a climbing accident in Zermatt. Jocelyn’s Father enlisted the help of his Son’s friends, and funded an initiative to carry on the work that Jocelyn had started in Battersea. Arthur L Harding was one of these friends, and was the guiding influence in successfully renovating and then moving to a larger premises in Thessaly Road in 1907. The main purpose of the Club’s work was initially educational. As this function began to be fulfilled by the London County Council’s evening classes, sporting activities began to take precedence in the Devas Club activity programme. A club for girls, sharing the same building was started in 1960. The move of the Covent Garden market to Nine Elms entailed the compulsory purchase of the Thessaly Road property. The City Parochial Foundation acquired an alternative site for Devas in Stormont Road and commissioned the building of the present accommodation. The building was officially opened in 1970.

The Devas Club is run from its own purpose-built four-storey building on Stormont Road, Battersea, London. Devas has provided a variety of activities for young people from this location since 1970. Over the years some of the activities provided have changed considerably. A dance studio, a recording studio and a silk-screen workshop now inhabit the space that historically housed a rifle range. The main floor also houses several social areas, a computer suite, table tennis hall and an art room. The upper levels provide a large gym with weights room, and several meeting and rehearsal rooms. There is an enclosed Basketball court on the roof.

To find out more and to support the club, please visit: www.devasclub.org

There is a supported Univ-Devas Internship to support work at the club and help run selected activities for a suitable Univ student for some weeks over the summer. Full details are available from the JCR and WCR.

Published: 18 November 2015

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