Cheese Rolling


Every May the village of Brockworth in Gloucestershire, England has a “cheese roll” at the very steep Cooper’s Hill. A giant wheel of the local Double Gloucester cheese is rolled down the hill, and people have to chase after it. The first to the bottom of the hill is the winner. This might sound like a nice, fun event, but very often people are injured, and an ambulance has to be there in order to deal with any casualties.

The champion cheese-roller is local man Chris Anderson, who is usually a soldier, and who does the cheese roll to raise money for a charity. Have a look as he wins the competition again.

A statue to mark the start of football in Cambridge

After 170 years the first Football Rules have returned to Cambridge. A stone statue was unveiled on Parker’s Piece by the Mayor of Cambridge, commemorating the 1848 University rules, subsequently adapted by the FA and FIFA. Five more sections of the statue are in Brazil, Egypt, India Kenya and China to support the charity Street Child United.

Speeches to mark the occasion
The statue – five more are placed around the world
Our Principal Laura with the Lord Mayor of Cambridge
Nigel Heritage, who organises sports tours for CCL



The Laws of the University Foot Ball Club
  1. This club shall be called the University Foot Ball Club.
  2. At the commencement of the play, the ball shall be kicked off from the middle of the ground: after every goal there shall be a kick-off in the same way.
  3. After goal, the losing side shall kick off; the sides changing goals, unless a previous arrangement be made to the contrary.
  4. The ball is out when it has passed the line of the flag-posts on either side of the ground, in which case it shall be thrown in straight.
  5. The ball is behind when it has passed the goal on either side of it.
  6. When the ball is behind it shall be brought forward at the place where it left the ground, not more than ten paces, and kicked off.
  7. Goal is when the ball is kicked through the flag-posts and under the string.
  8. When a player catches the ball directly from the foot, he may kick it as he can without running with it. In no other case may the ball be touched with the hands, except to stop it.
  9. If the ball has passed a player, and has come from the direction of his own goal, he may not touch it till the other side have kicked it, unless there are more than three of the other side before him. No player is allowed to loiter between the ball and the adversaries’ goal.
  10. In no case is holding a player, pushing with the hands, or tripping up allowed. Any player may prevent another from getting to the ball by any means consistent with the above rules.
  11. Every match shall be decided by a majority of goals.
H. Snow, J. C. Harkness; Eton.
J. Hales, E. Smith; Rugby.
G. Perry, F. G. Sykes; University.
W. H. Stone, W. J. Hope-Edwardes; Harrow.
E. L. Horner, H. M. Luckock; Shrewsbury.


Congratulations to the winner of our 2018 video competition!

Thanks to everyone who entered our video competition, and the 50 people who voted over the weekend. We now have a winner! Everyone please give a warm round of applause to…..


























Mikhail wins a free two-week English summer camp in Cambridge in 2018 (visa and flight tickets not included)

In second place we have Angela!



Angela wins the tuition fees of a two-week English summer camp in Cambridge in 2018!

Congratulations Mikhail and Angela! We look forward to seeing you both this summer. And thanks to everyone who participated in the competition.

Your vote matters!- Finalist videos of the CCL Video Contest

Here are the two finalists of our CCL video contest. Please watch both videos and vote for who you think should be the winner! Results will be announced next week.

Entry 1 From Angela Wang

Entry 2: From Mikhail Ondar

Who should be the winner of our video contest?

  • Angela Wang (88%, 44 Votes)
  • Mikhail Ondar (12%, 6 Votes)

Total Voters: 50

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George and the English


One of the many things that make England slightly unusual is that we don’t have a ‘National Day’ or an  ‘Independence Day’. The closest thing we have is the day of our patron saint, St George, though it isn’t a national holiday, and many people may not even be aware of it.

The real Saint George was a Greek Roman soldier who lived in what is now Turkey about 1700 years ago. The Saint George more familiar to English people is a mythological version – a brave knight who killed an evil child-eating dragon. The national flag of England is the St George’s Cross, shown above. It is one of the three flags that make up the British flag, commonly known as the Union Jack.

Read more about Saint George and watch an animated video at the British Council website here.

Today is also United Nations English Language Day. The 23rd of April was chosen because it is the date “traditionally observed as both the birthday and date of death of William Shakespeare”. Other dates were selected for the celebration of the UN’s other five official languages.

Everything Has Its Time – In Memory of Prof. Stephen Hawking

On 31st Mar, the funeral of Professor Stephen Hawking was held in the Great St. Mary Church in the heart of Cambridge, a city where he had lived and worked for more than half a century. Families and friends of Prof. Hawking attended the private service, while thousands of locals gathered outside the church to share memory and condolence of the great cosmologist. Actor Eddie Redmayne read an excerpt from Ecclesiastes 3.1-11 in the Bible.  

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:

A time to be born, and a time to die;

A time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;

A time to kill, and a time to heal;

A time to break down, and a time to build up;

A time to weep, and a time to laugh,

A time to mourn, and a time to dance;

A time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together;

A time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

A time to seek, and a time to lose;

A time to keep, and a time to throw away;

A time to tear, and a time to sew;

A time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

A time to love, and a time to hate;

A time for war, and a time for peace.


Cambridge Rowing


This weekend the annual Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race was held. It’s a race between the boat clubs of Cambridge University and Oxford University. The crews are made up of students. These two universities have a strong tradition in rowing and a strong rivalry between them.

The course is 4 miles long, along the River Thames. The first boat race was in 1829, and it is usually held on the last Sunday of March or the first Sunday of April. During the World Wars, the Boat Race did not happen. It is a very important sporting event in the United Kingdom. Millions of people watch it on television. More than 250,000 people watched it along the river.

We’re happy to report that this year Cambridge won yet again – bringing their total wins to 83. Oxford have won 80 times.

In our winter camp this year our students were able to visit the indoor rowing tank where the Cambridge rowing team practice. We hope to run more of these sessions this summer in order to give CCL students the chance to experience first-hand some of the culture of Cambridge.


Two weeks left to get a free place in an English summer camp in Cambridge!

Hey beautiful people! This is a reminder about our amazing video contest for teenagers from all over the world.

By making a two-minute video in English and telling us why you want to study with us in Cambridge this summer, you have a great chance of wining a place in our summer camp.

By attending this summer school, you will

  • Have a study abroad experience in the beautiful and historic city of Cambridge
  • Learn to use English for communication, rather than just taking boring classes
  • Make friends with other young people from all over the world
  • Get the most out of your stay in the UK by visiting various famous tourist destinations

and much more…

Click the post on our homepage for the application form and send it to

It’s high time to step out of your comfort-zone. Don’t miss out! 

Stephen Hawking

One of Cambridge’s most famous residents, scientist Stephen Hawking, died yesterday morning.


Stephen William Hawking was an English theoretical physicist and mathematician. He was one of the world’s leading theoretical physicists, and wrote many science books for people who are not scientists. His first book, A Brief History of Time, sold over ten million copies.

Hawking was a cosmologist—someone who studies the structure of the universe (stars and space). He invented important theories about the Big Bang (the start of the universe), black holes and how they work. He was a professor of mathematics at the University of Cambridge (a position that Isaac Newton once had). He retired on 1 October 2009.

Hawking had a motor neurone disease, and because of that he could not move or talk very well. When he was diagnosed with the disease in 1962, doctors gave him two years to live – but he amazed the world by living for another 56! He used a wheelchair to move, and an Intel computer to talk for him. He died on 14 March 2018.

In 2009, Hawking held a party for time travellers, only sending out invitations after the party had finished. Unfortunately nobody attended the party, so it seems that if we do have time travellers around us, they are staying well hidden!