Meet the Candidates: Sport

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The Sport Officer manages all of student sport at the University. With the help of the staff in the Sports and Societies Office and the SU Sport Exec, they look after all 49 sports clubs; this goes from setting budgets and allocating them facility time to supporting them in the everyday running of their performance (representational) and recreational programmes.
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Holly Clemens

What manifesto promise is the most important to you?holly

The transparency of SU Sport. At the end of the day, the Student Union is there for the students. Letting them know what is happening and why, is vitally important to individuals but also to clubs as a whole. Keeping people informed means they can understand decisions, which only helps long term.

What do you think is going to win the campaign for you?

The fact that students feel able to engage with me is definitely helping. I’ve really enjoyed going around helping students not only understand Sport, but the whole election process. This supportive and friendly approach has been received really well and at the end of the day, I am there to help. I also think my manifesto ideas are feasible, nothing is impossible but they all bring something new to SU Sport. This excites people and the fact they want to talk to me about it says a lot.

What would you class as successful year?

A successful year to for me would be meeting my aims and achieving the things I feel passionately about. If I can provide more people with the opportunities to take part in sport or physical activity then I would classify that as a success. If I can help those already in sport to achieve better things, to be recognised by the SU and be supported throughout their sporting venture, I again would feel that a success. If I can provide the students with the support they want, again is a success. After all, the role is about representing them.

If you could change one thing about the Uni, regardless of money, what would you do?

I would bring the best facilities possible up onto campus to provide enough space for everyone whatever level and whatever sport to train.

What is your favourite thing about the city of Bath?

The people! Everyone in Bath is so friendly, supportive and diverse. Whether it be on campus or in town, Bath comes together through sport, cultural festivals and celebrations and I think this is quite unique for a city.

What is more important, casual sport or BUCS points?

This totally depends on the group of students you are talking to and is impossible to say. Different students have different priorities and it is about talking to them to find out what they want. Both casual sport and BUCS sports are a vital part of SU Sport and providing any individual with the sport involvement they want is a priority of mine.

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Stuart Gordon stu

What manifesto promise is the most important to you?

I want to really expand our inter-halls and recreational sport programmes. The ability for anyone to play sport and get involved I feel is the most important. That coupled with the work done by the activation fund to get more people active and into sport is a priority to me.

What do you think is going to win the campaign for you?

I have a wealth of experience that I can bring to the position, I have the knowledge of SU Sport and how the SU works to be able to start making progress from day 1 in the job.

What would you class as a successful year?

A successful year for me would be one with a greater volume of students being members of SU Sport and meeting our activation fund targets (increase in active students by 2%) in one year. A top 3 finish in BUCS would also be a massive bonus too.

If you could change one thing about the Uni, regardless of money, what would you do?

I would invest directly into the student groups run by the SU, the university are proud of their student experience which it should be but I feel that students get that experience from the activities they do around their education and not just their academic achievements. Keeping these groups student run and student lead while providing clubs with the resources to expand and develop will provide everyone with a better experience.

What is your favourite thing about the city of Bath?

My favourite thing is the atmosphere in Bath, especially on a sunny day when you can go and sit outside a pub or café enjoying the weather and stunning architecture surrounding you, in a relaxed environment, is just incredible.

What is more important, casual sport or BUCS points?

I think you shouldn’t have without the other, but each one can develop the other. So I don’t think one is more important, it’s just a balance between the two that you need to make sure you get right so that everyone has the opportunity to do both.

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Julia Scrivin

What manifesto promise is the most important to you?julia

Equality in sport. I want to ensure equal opportunities in sport, regardless of your identity.

What do you think is going to win the campaign for you?

I think I’m a good all-rounder. My manifesto is strong, I have a lot of experience in sport and I am an approachable, hard-working and driven person who can make a positive change in sport at Bath.

What would you class as a successful year?

If I were to be elected, I would consider it successful if I made steps towards equality in sport, a recreational sport programme which allows everyone to get involved, improved on our competitive results, secured better support for our competitive athletes and ensured our clubs work better together regarding facility time.

If you could change one thing about the Uni, regardless of money, what would you do?

I would make sport free for all.

What is your favourite thing about the city of Bath?

I love that Bath is such a beautiful city with so much culture.

What is more important, casual sport or BUCS points?

I don’t think one would exist without the other. Casual sport is extremely important because it allows everyone to get involved in order to experience health and social benefits. Competition between universities is healthy as it pushes everyone to improve. Talented individuals should have the opportunity to succeed and represent our university.

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Benjamin is the former Deputy Editor-in-Chief of bathimpact and covers stories on University of Bath, University of Bath Students’ Union, Bath politics and student issues

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