Krishna shares what he got up to and what he learnt at the recent BUCS Conference
The BUCS Conference is an annual gathering of sports enthusiasts, university officials, and student leaders, with a common goal of promoting sports within the academic community. This year's conference was hosted at Leeds University, buzzing with energy and anticipation.
One of the most rewarding aspects of the BUCS Conference was the opportunity to network with fellow Vice Presidents Sports/Activities and Sports Representatives from different universities across the UK. It was fascinating to hear about the various initiatives and programs they had implemented, as well as the challenges they faced. These conversations opened my eyes to the broader landscape of university sports and motivated me to think creatively about enhancing the sports culture within UWE Bristol
Additionally, the conference hosted breakout sessions and seminars led by experts in sports management and leadership. These sessions provided practical insights into effective team building, event planning, and athlete welfare. I am eager to apply the knowledge gained into my role to benefit our athletes and promote a positive sporting environment.
The highlight of the BUCS Conference 2023 was undoubtedly the inspiring keynote speakers. Renowned athletes, coaches, and leaders like Ellen White MBE, Jamie Jones Buchanan MBE, Sir Clive Woodward, Arun Kang OBE, Sophie Christiansen CBE and many more graced the stage, sharing their personal journeys and words of wisdom. Each speaker had a unique story to tell, filled with determination, resilience, and a relentless pursuit of excellence.
During the conference, we had the opportunity to showcase our university's achievements in sports. From triumphs on the field to community engagement initiatives, we proudly displayed our dedication to sports excellence. The positive feedback and appreciation we received from other universities was incredibly gratifying and further motivated us to continue our efforts in promoting sports within our institution.
Our American Football First Team also got nominated for the BUCS Team of the Year Award.
The BUCS Conference 2023 made me realize the true impact of my role as Vice President for Sports and Health. It is not just about organizing competitions and managing teams; it is about shaping the sports culture within the university, fostering a sense of belonging, and providing a platform for athletes to thrive both on and off the field.
Attending the BUCS Conference 2023 as Vice President for Sports was an incredible journey that expanded my horizons and solidified my passion for sports leadership. The invaluable lessons I learned, the connections I made, and the inspiring stories I heard have left an indelible mark on my journey.
If there's one thing the BUCS Conference 2023 has taught me, it is that sports have the power to bring people together, transcend boundaries, and create a positive change in society. As Vice President for Sports and Health, I am committed to harnessing this power and making a lasting difference in the lives of our student athletes.