Sports

Maggie Elstob

Athletic Union Officer

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Hello, I’m Maggie and I am the Athletic Union Officer for the 2018/19 academic year. I am really looking forward to working with all the clubs over the next year and having another successful season for the AU. We have 78 teams competing for the university in BUCS, with many other individuals and teams competing locally and nationally. We currently sit 10th in BUCS and that is a position we are keen to retain in the coming year. We also have an expanding participation sport programme, with in excess of 4500 students involved on a regular basis through the Students’ Union.

My aims for this year include increasing the availability of breakfast food in the Sports Centre, expanding the access of students to the week’s fixtures to enable greater support, and assist in developing participation sport at Newcastle to cater for the ever growing number of students who want to be involved.

I am excited to see what our students can do this year in sport and hope to see this happen in a fun and friendly environment that facilitates strong performance and success.

Half Time - November and December Update

What have I done this term?

  •        Freshers’ Week, where I ensured that information on club trials went into every Fresher's welcome pack.
  •        Held an AU AGM which elected an Executive of 9 members
  •        Chaired 3 AU Exec meetings
  •        Club Officer, Welfare Officer and First Aid training
  •        Allocated grants
  •        Attended BUCS meetings
  •        Arranged GoodGym partnership
  •        Ran Mission: Nutrition and This Girl Can campaigns
  •        Recruited for two roles
  •        Attended the first working group on tackling initiations
  •        Elected as the BUCS student regional chair for the North East, meaning I report back to the national Advisory group on the North East updates.
  •       Overseen the first term of BUCS fixtures, and seen Newcastle rise one place up to 9th in the BUCS table.
  •        Attended Sexual Assualt Disclosure training conducted by the Truth Project and Survivor's Trust.

What has been your biggest achievement?

My biggest achievement has been coordinating a relationship between the SU and GoodGym, a charity who combine exercise with doing good deeds. Our first 'mash-up' reached a record turnout for Newcastle GoodGym at 52 attendees. This is now a monthly occurence and is hugely popular with the attendees, as well as being a massive aid to our own volunteering projects.

What could you have improved on?

I think I could have provided some more options for engagement in my Mission: Nutrition Campaign and also made some more headway on my manifesto points, but as term 1 has been so busy, this will be a priority for me next term.

What do you plan to do next term?

  •        Plan AU Ball
  •        Plan and conduct ‘Give it a Go Sport Campaign
  •        Look into BUCS ‘Does You Good’ Campaign
  •        Collate Nutrition Campaign feedback into a report
  •        Attend BUCS Nationals as a volunteer/spectator
  •        Reevaluate manifesto points and start to action

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