Captains' Representative: Catherine (Cat) Tidlady
College: St Anne's
Sports and Societies: Lacrosse (University and College), Rounders and Atalanta's Society
Main Goals for the year:
1.Run termly/ twice termly captains coffees, to tap into the resource that is all of the captains in our community. This could be a very casual environment in which captains can come together to discuss dilemmas/ situations (but also success stories) that they are facing within their respective clubs. The other captains can then share their advice or thoughts on the situation and give an outsiders perspective, whilst still understanding the context of doing sport at Oxford. This should be a really nice environment through which connections can be made between sports, which we could initiate in Michaelmas, and depending on popularity could increase in frequency for following terms. This would also be an environment in which captains can approach me in an informal setting, and so I would be in a position where I could best represent their voice on sports council meetings and so on. Beyond this, we could create an anonymous platform where captains can submit these scenarios (potentially if the situation is sensitive) and other captains can feedback on how they would tackle this situation.
2. Organise a captains/leadership workshop, much like the blues psychology sessions that have been run in previous years for sports teams. I think there is an assumption that all Blues Captains have previous leadership experience, and even for those that do, I think many would benefit from a workshop where discussions can be had about how best to lead the Oxford Sports teams. I think it would be feasible to run the first of these either in person at the beginning of Michaelmas term, or even remotely prior to preseason starting for respective sports in September. We could address questions such as how to deal with losing, maintaining a winning streak, keeping up enthusiasm, how to offer criticism constructively etc. Feedback forms sent out to each captain at the end of each term could be used to gauge each team's successes and difficulties and can be used to shape future workshops. This form could also be used to assess where captains feel they need more support from the council/ their peers/ the sports representative.
3.Create a 'Captain's Handbook'. This is something that we could initially compile in Michaelmas Term, but could grow throughout the year, and be contributed to over many years to come. There are several ideas I have for this book but briefly, an introduction could be written by the people who run the psychology session I described above (i.e. key attributes of a captain, common scenarios and how to deal with them etc). For the second section, we could utilise the sports teams mailing lists to reach out to ex-sports captains and ask them what their one top piece of advice was for captaining a team. As we progress through the year, this is a project that can grow and expand in an organic way to best support captain's needs.
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