Jamie Wilson



23 May 2016 17:02

Sports Zone Conference 2016

Team Southampton

On Friday 3rd June, the Sports Zone Conference will be taking place in Building 54, Room 4011 from 5 – 7 pm

Here we will be giving the new club committees some essential information about the running of their clubs (how to apply for funding and block bookings etc) and electing people into the roles on Athletic Union Committee and Sports Participation Committee.  It is therefore required that 2 members of each club attend.

Please express your interest in roles by emailing vpsports@unionsouthampton.org. If you do not manage to do this before the day, there will still be opportunity to stand for a position at the meetings. You will be expected to do a speech of no more than two minutes at the meeting.  If you are unable to attend, but would still like to run, please email with a speech that will be read out on your behalf.

As someone that has sat on Sports Zone committees for 3 years, I cannot recommend it enough. Please join this Facebook event (https://www.facebook.com/events/256320154720704/).

If you wish to speak to anyone about the roles/their experience, you can do so by messaging any of the four student leaders – Myself, Katie Lightowler, Bunny Rabett, or Christie Matthews.

Below is a small description of each of the roles:

Athletic Union Committee:

The Athletic Union Committee’s role is to provide a way for clubs to raise issues or voice opinions, provide Athletic Union events that take place throughout the year and ensure that the clubs are supported.

The roles are:

Athletic Union Secretary – Work with the AU Officer to help organise meetings, take minutes and help the committee to update clubs with decisions through social media

Club Development Officer – responsible for events related to developing clubs and AU members, take a lead on organising the Focus Sport Programme, and help clubs achieve any objectives that may be set out in a development plan

Varsity and Alumni Day Officer – responsible for organising Varsity and Alumni Day

Tours Officer – take the lead on organising the AU tour.

Media and Promotions Officers (x2) – between the two officers, they will be responsible for working with the SUSU media departments, organise marketing to promote the AU and update the Social Media pages.

Socials Officer – Responsible for organising any AU nights out (Varsity afterparty, AU Wednesdays etc.) and helping individual clubs with fundraisers

Representatives – There are eight different representatives covering different areas within the AU who feedback any issues from their respective groups and feedback any actions that the committee have taken.

  • Outdoor Team Sports Representative
  • Extreme Water Sports Representative
  • Extreme Sports Representative 
  • Water Sports Representative
  • Indoor Individual Sports Representative
  • Indoor Team Sports Representative
  • Outdoor Individual Sports Representative
  • Martial Arts Representative


Sports Participation Committee

The Sports Participation Committee’s aim it to increase participation in sport by those who do not currently participate, especially those from backgrounds with a historically low level of participation.  It also represents students participating in sport who sit outside the AU or Intramural programme (i.e. recreational users).

The positions are:

rainbow lacesWomen in Sport Officer – represent the views of women and work to improve the opportunities for women within the AU

Disability Sports Officer – represent the views of disabled students and work to improve the opportunities for disabled students within the AU

BME (Black and Minority Ethnic) Sports Officer – represent the views of BME students and work to improve the opportunities for BME students within the AU

Faith and Religion Sports Officer – represent the views of all faith groups and work to improve the opportunities for faith groups within the AU

Mature Students Sports Officer – represent the views of mature students and work to improve the opportunities for mature students within the AU

LGBT* Sports Officer – represent the views of LGBT* students and work to improve the opportunities for LGBT* students within the AU

Non-AU Sports Representative – represent the non-AU sport clubs and raise any issues that they face.


Intramural Committee will be elected in the first few weeks after the Summer Holidays, so if interested in any of the roles on there, keep an eye on the Team Southampton Intramural Facebook page.


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