The Athletic Union role deals with all things sport-related and leads the development, training and support for Sports Clubs. Main responsibilities have included club grant allocation, overseeing BUCS/Non-BUCS fixtures and chairing the AU Executive Committee. This role leads on many projects such as Inclusive Sports Week, This Girl Can as well as Mission Nutrition. In recent years, the AU Officer has also been inputting ideas to the development of sports facilities at NCL and organises the legendary AU Ball as an end of year celebration of sport.
"Originally from the Netherlands, I arrived in Newcastle for the first time as an Erasmus+ exchange student planning to only stay for one semester - this didn't happen of course! I began playing for the 1st Women’s Football team over the past couple of years and the Athletic Union became a big part of my university experience, and one of the main reasons that I didn’t want to leave Newcastle University. I ended up staying for my Masters in International Relations and I ran in the Student Elections to become the new Athletic Union Officer. "