My Personal Aims:
AU Nights Out and AU Ball
In order to improve the current experiences of AU ball based off the feedback from previous years, I have made a deal with Keele SU Entertainments. The number of AU students who attend on Wednesday social nights will accumulate a monetary incentive that can be used towards the AU ball. The money will be used to decrease the price of tickets for students, improve the decorations and entertainments.
Starting to Rebrand to ‘Team Keele’
I have started to rebrand the Athletic Union (AU) as ‘Team Keele’ which includes all AU clubs, sports societies and medical sport societies. It will be a long journey to official rebrand all student-led sports activities as ‘Team Keele’ as there are many obstacles such as membership fees, the current structure of the AU and the benefits/limitations of being in the AU or a society. Initial measures have been made by organising a monthly meeting with all sports related clubs/socs, to check in with their progress and assist them on their activities. Moreover, I have made an effort to post any sport related content from students on social media under the brand Team Keele, to make new and current students associate all sports clubs and societies under one brand. I will be focusing on the marketing and operations side over the next few months.
Medical Sports and Medics, Nursing, Midwifery and Vets
I want to improve the experience that medical, nursing, midwifery and veterinary students have with Team Keele, the SU, the Sports Centre and BUCS. I have conducted an online questionnaire and two focus groups with Medics Football and Med Soc to understand their opinions, current experiences and what can be done to improve their experience/our relationship with them. I have also been in contact with the nursing, midwifery and veterinary schools, to discuss similar topics and will have more to report in due course. I have offered extended help to medical sports by helping them have access to £1 socials and the social benefits to which the AU clubs have access. I have worked with them to try to understand what can be done to improve their experience with the AU, SU and Sports Centre.
Let’s Get Physical
I organised a day and night event for student to enjoy called ‘Let’s Get Physical’ on the 6th October. The day event was held at the Sports Centre from 2-6pm and was free for all students to attend. There were three workouts available (beginner, intermediate and advance) constructed and ran by a full qualified instructor. The event aimed to promote healthy lifestyles and how physical wellbeing can affect mental health. The evening event was hosted at the SU from 7pm-3am. Clubs had the opportunity to host £1 socials for students to get a glimpse into how club socials work from 7-10pm. A resident DJ will took over from 10pm with a sponsored night who have provided lots of decorations that match the ‘neon gym’ theme.
I have organised a university and community wide collection of bras for our bra bank that supports Against Breast Cancer. The collection will run throughout the academic year and bras will be sent to the charity every six weeks. The bras collected will be sent to women in less economically developed countries to support them. In return the charity is given to help find a cure for breast cancer. Donations are welcome from all students, staff, past students and the local community at one of our donation bins in the sports centre or the bottom floor of Keele SU. We aim to surpass the 1000 mark set in 2020.
Past vs Present
It’s nearly here - Past vs Present (PvP) is only a matter of weeks away! Over the years, PvP has become a beloved annual event that allows us to welcome back past Athletic Union (AU) members and celebrate with our present students. The event is normally hosted over two days, which gives clubs the change to compete in fixtures, host socials and re-live a typical AU:dio takeover night! This is set to be our biggest PvP event ever, so we are going all out over a three day event. We are expecting a very high number of past members attending this year, so please take this into consideration when planning fixtures and socials. We are hoping to welcome as many past members back as many didn’t get to celebrate their final AU Ball. I have been contact with the local hotel companies to make them aware of the high demand for booking for the weekend of the the 5-7th November. We will also be organising sports day games throughout the day, such as rounders, dodgeball and a range of races. The games will be free to join, and a schedule will be posted closer to the date. As we are going all out this year, the sports centre will be the hub of all PvP day activities. There will be a bar and food stand on site, along with a live DJ. Members can find a stand to collect their colour certificates/ties/pendants/club photos, purchase merchandise from Keele. The sports centre physios have kindly offered their services to past and present members on Saturday. We have lots of surprises in store for you in the evening - needless to say, we’re celebrating PvP with a BANG! There will be lots of photo opportunities so keep to our dress code and dress to impress! We are expecting members in their old Keele or hometown kit and there may be prizes up for grabs.
Past vs Present Fund
This year we are introducing a new initiative - the PvP fund! We are asking all present and past members to donate old kit, gym wear, equipment, clothing and footwear. The donated items will be cleaned and sold to students for a great price over the course of November and December at the sports centre. The money collected will go into a fund, which clubs can apply for grants from to fund their projects and needs. We kindly ask that you package your items in a cardboard box or drop it in one of the designated boxes in the sports centre over the course of the PvP weekend., so that the collection can be undertaken as swiftly as possible. Present members can drop donations off until the 15th November.
Amplify Marginalized Voices and Anti-Racism
In conjunction with the campaigns, we are running as team, I am looking into obtaining the Autism Inclusion Accreditation through The National Autistic Society for the Keele Student’s Union and Team Keele. I will also be organising and hosting the new Keele SU podcasts by collaborating with student groups, individuals, staff and external guests. We will be discussing matters such as Black Lives Matter and Supporting Visible and Invisible Disabilities. Moreover, I have researched and collated numerous features for Team Keele’s spotlight of Historic Black Athletes. An athlete will be featured online and in posters throughout the SU and Sports Centre every month.
A Holistic Approach to Mental Health and Wellbeing
The Let’s Get Physical event embodied this aim and I will continue to organised events like this throughout the year.
I recently undertook a carbon literacy training program to better my understanding of the impacts of my carbon consumption. I have organized two initiatives: the Bra Bank and PvP Fund to help encourage students to donate their used clothing for better causes and decreasing fashion pollution.