Sports Council

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The Sports Council is made up of primarily elected student officers/representatives and other representative sport/student roles such as the Sports Federation, Students' Union Representative and the Blues Committee President. Its main aim is to harness student opinions to improve the standard, efficiency, diversity and participation in sport at the University.

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Blues Committee President: Johann Perera

You can find out more information about the Blue Committee and the awards process on our website here: https://www.sport.ox.ac.uk/blues-awards

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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.

 

Visit our SharePoint for contact details for any member of the Sports Council: Sports Federation - Student Representation (ox.ac.uk)

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College & Casual Sport Officer: Isabel (Izzy Creed)

College: St Edmund Hall

Sports and Societies: Walking, Women's Campaign and Disability Campaign

 

Main Goals for the year:

1. Increase promotion of activities: Try to increase promotion of University Sports clubs that are open to all levels, as not many students are necessarily aware of that, e.g. triathlon club/cycling club is quite welcoming to all level despite having national/world class athletes. Try to remove the idea from students that Uni clubs have to be super good at to get in, and try to point people to clubs that are open to all levels.

2. Increase provisions: Increase the number of sports that run a Cuppers event and try to make a more central way of running these so that they get more people attend them, as some are quite poorly attended. Get the University to run some fun events to get people into sports who are not already involved, e.g. have a swimming pool event which more about having fun in the pool, 5km fun run etc.

3. Increase communication between clubs: Try and have a network of casual sports club. We had an outdoors sport club informal one last year set up by presidents and worked well in discussing things, as the issues for these clubs are often different from other Uni sports clubs.

 

Visit our SharePoint for contact details for any member of the Sports Council: Sports Federation - Student Representation (ox.ac.uk)

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Inclusion Officer: Georgina Milner Day

College: St Hugh's

Sports and Societies: Triathlon and Swimming (Pool and Open Water)

Main Goals for the year:

1. Tackling sexual violence/abuse within sport settings: - Improve systems of reporting and support networks within and across sports clubs - Introduce consent/bystander training to the constitution of sport clubs - Signposting in changing rooms / sport facilities about acceptable behaviour and where/what support people can access - Introduce a clear ‘zero-tolerance’ response to discriminatory behaviour (with an emphasis on intersectionality)

2. Improving LGBTQ+ inclusivity and representation: - Facilitate networking between LGBTQ+ members of sport clubs - Gender-neutral club kit available where relevant - Improve accessibility for trans competitors

3. Improving disabled access: - Ensure disabled individuals are provided the same opportunity to participate and compete in sport - Improve channels through which disabled individuals can make clubs aware of barriers to their participation and introduce an effective means of between-club communication about ways to reduce such barriers - Introduce a system of reporting for disability discrimination

 

Visit our SharePoint for contact details for any member of the Sports Council: Sports Federation - Student Representation (ox.ac.uk)

 

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Performance Sport Officer: Jiri (Jirka) Kucera

College: Balliol

Sports and Societies: Volleyball, Cross Country and Rowing

Main Goals for the year:

1. Communicate with individual team captains to assess the needs and expectations of their athletes - possibly come up with a questionnaire/survey that could then be used as a basis for further planning. Organise a meeting with the captains where any suggestions for improvement could be discussed - equipment/session length and timing during the week/access to resources etc.

2. Increase the involvement of teams by creating and advertising specific training plans/advice suited for the current goals of the team/athlete as well as developing some kind of longer-term road plan that the athletes can stick to - i.e. "the aim for this year is is to increase our vertical jump by at least 5 cm, this is what we need to do", "our goal for the season is to create and stick to a suitable rehab routine to prevent shoulder injury because that's what knocked out half of the javelin team last year" etc.

3. Increase the awareness and accessibility of resources related to injury treatment and rehabilitation - that was already touched on in one of the emails and I think it would be awesome to make it happen. In many cases injuries can be prevented by taking good care of our bodies and in other cases they can be treated efficiently and correctly. However, getting help from a professional is not financially viable for many students and so they either not treat the injury properly or ignore it whatsoever until it becomes a much bigger problem.

 

Visit our SharePoint for contact details for any member of the Sports Council: Sports Federation - Student Representation (ox.ac.uk)

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Sports Club Committee Representative:  Lewis Walker

College: University

Sports and Societies: Gymnastics (Committee Member and Coach)

Main Goals for the year:

1. Collaboration between committees - I believe many committees may have shared or complementing ideas for developing their clubs or solving issues. These ideas may become more plausible if costs and benefits are shared. I suggested the creation of a Facebook group for all sports club committee members and would like to oversee that this is used more.

2. Development of facilities - Collate feedback about University facilities from relevant sports clubs to potentially suggest solutions for issues or ideas for development.

3. Obtaining sponsorship for smaller clubs - this can be difficult and Oxford clubs are currently in competition with each other for some sponsors. I have little experience obtaining sponsors but I believe forming groups of similar clubs (e.g. martial arts, gymnastics/ cheer/ trampolining, swimming/ life saving/ water polo, outdoor adventure sports .etc) that can collectively acquire a sponsor may reduce competition and increase overall success as sponsors would get increased outreach and clubs can work together to meet the demands of the sponsor reducing workload.

 

Visit our SharePoint for contact details for any member of the Sports Council: Sports Federation - Student Representation (ox.ac.uk)

 

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SU Representative: Aleena Waseem

Role: VP Charities & Communities

 

You could view Aleena's manifesto and projects on the Students' Union website: https://www.oxfordsu.org/representation/sabbatical-officers/vpcc/

 

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Welfare Officer: Sarah Chapman

College: University

Sports and Societies: Swimming (Member and Coach) and College Rowing

Main Goals for the year:

1. Set up and run sport-specific training for all club welfare reps, involving an "open table" where welfare reps can bring (confidentially) anything that has been discussed with them and any challenges that it posed them / whether there was anything that was really helpful that would be beneficial. In these sessions I'd also aim to look at specific topics related to mental health that directly link to sport e.g. disordered eating.

2. Have a dedicated on the OUSport website signposting welfare resources as well as improving links into the central university welfare services - maybe tryign to work with the counselling service to have a dedicated counsellor who works with those sports players if that would be helpful. The welfare resources and support would be guided by the current sports people of the university, and as such I would send out a welfare survey at the beginning of Michaelmas to gauge opinions on sport specific welfare especially in response to the pandemic.

3. Spread awareness and if necessary run some campaigns targeted and any welfare issues that arise during the year. For example, the effect of the pandemic on mental health. This would be sport focused but would be involving the wider university.

 

Visit our SharePoint for contact details for any member of the Sports Council: Sports Federation - Student Representation (ox.ac.uk)

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