Joe Gubbins

Athletic Union Officer

October Update 2018

Hi All, I am Maggie, your Athletic Union Officer for 2018/19. I look after all things sporty at the Students' Union, including our 63 sports clubs and our Campus Leagues programme.

I am now four months into the job and it's going well so far. After a busy summer planning and a busy September welcoming you all, October has been much calmer and I am starting to work on my campaigns.

Over summer I planned Officer Training, organised club grants, attended BUCS conference and basically got everything ready for students coming back. I played an active role in Freshers' week by getting out and about round campus to meet those new to the city, and took part in Induction talks across academic schools to show new students everything that the Students' Union has to offer. I have trained over 150 senior committee officers and held the Athletic Union AGM where an Executive Committee of 9 students was elected to represent the AU. In early October I also attended BUCS Advisory Group, representing the student voice in the North East region. 

Towards my manifesto points so far I have organised a mash-up between the Students' Union and GoodGym (a charity which combines exercise with doing good deeds) which saw a record turnout for GoodGym Newcastle. I have also overseen the kit deal progressing towards clubs making orders and an online website should clubs want to use it. I have encouraged clubs to nominate a communications officer in my Officer Training and been very active on my social media. In terms of Welfare Officers we are currently in a position where all but 2 clubs have a dedicated welfare officer, and these officers are one training session into three that they will undertake across the first term covering topics such as sexual violence, mental health and our wellbeing services. I have also looked into the provision of transport to external facilities and created a document listing directions to those facilities on public transport. 

See my 'What's Up Next' post for November's plans!