On Tuesday 20 November myself and UWE RAG clubbed together to host our first ever ‘Sports Does Strictly’ event within The Students' Union Bar at Frenchay, all in aid of United through Sport. United through Sport is a charity that works with disadvantaged communities across Africa, South America and Asia to help children reach their full potential in sport, education and health.
We had 8 couples made up from members of our Dance Club and members from American Football, Volleyball, Lacrosse, Men’s Rugby, Snowsports, Cheerleading and our very own Sports Club Development Manager, Colin from The SU. The night was a huge success, with over 230 people in attendance and £727 raised for United through Sport. Following on from this, we are looking to do more charity events within the Team UWE Sports community, so watch this space!
One of my main manifesto points was to bring Varsity back to a week of competitive events, which I have achieved. I have attended many Varsity Board and Exec meetings and been heavily involved in the planning of events, from hosting presentations for clubs to pitch for their own standalone event, as well as choosing which ones were successful. The purpose of varsity this year is participation and integration, therefore we have planned mass participation events, such as the Big Bristol 10K collaboration in March. I have also been working on how the marketing of the main competitive events will look this year, working on a video with Bristol's VP Sports to do a big 7 day Varsity Countdown.
Sports Freshers' Fair
Another one of my manifesto points is to run a Sports Freshers' Fair in January, so that students have another chance to join Sports Clubs. This has now been arranged for 29 January in The Students' Union and W Block on Frenchay Campus.
Team UWE Instagram
I have created and been running the new Team UWE Instagram. It's main purpose is to celebrate the sporting achievements and events of our Sports Clubs and the Centre for Sport. It builds a community which the students are proud of, with content covering training, BUCS, fixtures, fundraising events and more. I have been going to many of the fixtures and training sessions myself to build rapport with students and get content. the page currently has over 500 followers, with this growing everyday.
I have been working closely with the Community and Retail Teams to work towards having a zero waste shop on campus. We have now achieved a zero waste section in the shop, including shampoo, bamboo toothbrushes and washing up liquid. We are also working towards having zero waste dispensers where students can fill up their own containers with pasta, rice and porridge, encouraging them to minimise plastic use.