VP Sports Development Evan Whyte has announced that SUSU will run all intra-mural sport in the next academic year.

 

The announcement is coupled with a 60% cost reduction for student memberships, meaning that while Sport and Wellbeing membership is still required, the cost of joining intra-mural sports teams will decrease significantly. This means that the cost of joining the football team will be slashed from £137.50 to £55, with similar figures across the other sports teams.

 

Whyte has been responsible for developing the inaugural intra-mural committee which will be headed by the IM Officer, Jamie Wilson. As SUSU take over the running of intra-mural sport, this committee will work alongside a staff member within the Union who will be responsible for supporting the programme.

 

On making the announcement, Whyte said: “The transfer of control of the IM Programme to SUSU will have a huge impact on the quality of the leagues and student involvement. It means that all decisions will be made by students for students. The current set-up does not have dedicated member of Sport and Wellbeing member of staff who is available throughout the week, which means that sometimes issues can fester over a long period of time – the new dedicated member of staff will stop this.

“Bringing it to SUSU means that we can also reduce the price for students and make the leagues more accessible for the student wallet and more enticing to those who want to try a new sport” he added.

 

The intra-mural sports in the 2014-15 winter league are football, rugby, netball, hockey, basketball, 5-a-side, cricket and badminton. Summer tournaments include rugby 7s, 6-a-side, cricket, mixed netball, rounders, hockey and swimming.

Words: Howell Davies