Activities Officer

Encourage sports teams to socialise on Wednesday afternoons

  • Part of the renown rugby tradition is to socialise at the club house after a match, this encourages a friendly and great atmosphere after the competitive sport.
  • Encourage this by teaming with mojos to provide a discount or deal on food/drink on Wednesday afternoons (match days) for all sports.

Introduce a girls’ University wide sport

  • Currently there's a football league across uni for boys who don’t want to play sport to a committed BUCs level but still get the opportunity to participate in a fun, competitive team.
  • Introduce a popular girls’ sport where they can play for their course/halls/old girls team e.g netball/hockey.

A society showcase evening

  • Some societies are less well known and do not have matches to demonstrate all their hard work and efforts.
  • Create a showcase for individuals and societies to demonstrate their talents e.g dance, singing, art.

Promote better support for BUCs teams

  • Watching matches becomes more of an event, increasing morale for players (leading to more wins!).
  • Promote across social media and university emails with details of time and location prior to event and create better areas for supporters, either increased seating or shelter.

Promote societies mixing with RAG and each other

  • Create RAG socials to encourage societies to mix, meet new people whilst fundraising for charity e.g basketball, ballet and the vegetarian society have a themed fancy dress social at park bar.

Summary

  • Encourage sports team to socialise on Wednesday afternoon by teaming with Mojos for food and drink discounts/deals.
  • Introduce a girls University wide sport that allows competitive and social play outside of BUCs e.g netball/hockey.
  • A society showcase evening to allow all societies to perform their talents.

Activities Officer Progress Tracker

RUSU Activities Officer 2018 intramural sports league policy
Complete

Similar to that of the male football league already in place. A sociable netball league that allows increased participation rates in sport, giving students the opportunity to be active in a team, sociable environment at low cost and lower commitment than BUCs competitive sports. There has been the demand for a long time from female students for the opportunity to participate in a social sports activity. As there is an increasing understanding of the importance of an 'active campus' this is an ideal opportunity to provide enthusiastic students with an outlet to participate in a popular sport.

Updates
11/18 Appointed two student Campus Netball League Reps who are volunteers to help liaise with teams on the weekend and check there are enough umpires etc.
10/18 Facility hire block booked. Equipment ordered and arrived – currently finding an allocated space for storage so that teams can easily access it for weekend matches and any training sessions. Captains contacted with all relevant information and matches have begun! The continual work this year will be contacting captains with rearrangements or cancellations and inputting scores – overseeing the management of the league.
09/18 Fund application not accepted. Artwork request sent. Logistics sorted – student staff and student volunteer to manage league. Website page details sent off and awaiting it to be created and set up before advertising across social media and the RUSU website. Awaiting confirmation of facility booking from the SportsPark.
08/18 Application for Sport England/NUS funding sent off. This money will subsidise team membership fees if funding is successful!
07/18 Liaised with Sports Coordinator and Director of Sport at the Sports park to discuss feasibility and facility use.
RUSU Activities Officer 2018 support sport policy
Complete

Promotion of sport events across campus with match times and location using social media, website and digital screens. This will encourage more wins for the Reading teams as crowd support is a great motivator! Additionally, it allows Reading students to feel a part of the BUCs Wednesday and the Knights identity without having to participate in the sport itself. This initiative achieves the aims through sports calendars, highlight reels and social media posts. The Good Lad Initiative workshops also sit under support sport as they promote better behaviour amongst are clubs which in turn will reduce negative stereotypes associated with sports and encourage a more cohesive campus between all students.

Updates
11/18 Arranged a meeting with Director of Sport to see if Sports Calendars can go up in Sports Park!
10/18 Sports calendars up on RUSU digital boards. Logistics of sports highlights reel completed with filming taken from matches every Wednesday to be edited and ready for the following Wednesday, shown from 2-6pm in Mojos in conjunction with the Match Day Mojos initiative. Additionally, RUSU and the University arranged Good Lad Initiative workshops for sports club committees as a trial run with potential to make these widespread next year, dependant on feedback. We had good feedback.
09/18 Liaise with Welfare and Diversity officer regarding Good Lad Initiative, what the content would be and how the workshops would run. Booked in workshop sessions with 9 sports committees, taking in consideration match and training times!
08/18 Liaised with RUSU Marketing and Venue about using the digital boards around RUSU with weekly updates of home match times and locations.
07/18 Liaised with the Student Activities department on what sources would be best to communicate match times and dates to the students.
RUSU Activities Officer 2018 breaking down barriers policy
In progress

A campaign involving sports and societies to participate in a week of each other’s activities sessions. Allowing a better understanding and appreciation of the different interest’s students partake in and allowing people to try something they would not have otherwise. For example, rugby try a RUDIYS knitting session. This will result in an increased cohesion on campus, appreciating that we all have different interests. My proposed manifesto originally has a point on mixed society socials however I think this campaign is a much more productive opportunity for students to meet one another with increased benefit of participating in something new and understanding all activities should be respected.

Updates
11/18 Artwork completed and approved. Campaign time decided with venue booked. Campaign materials confirmed but still need ordering e.g wristbands. Emails and communications plan drafted, ready to send out for its allotted date. Currently planning RUSU campaign page content.
10/18 Completed campaign brief and sent artwork request. Meeting had with student activities staff so they understand the campaign and can offer support.
07/18 Liaised with Student Activities department on campaign ideas and sports/societies to get involved.
RUSU Activities Officer 2018 match day Mojos policy
Complete

Inspired by the cultural norm around Rugby where both oppositions and officials socialise after their sport over food and drink in a club house. Teams should get a chance to relax and enjoy celebrating their match results whilst refuelling. Additionally, removing the competitive side after the match and socialising with the opposition develops our relations with neighbouring universities. To encourage this, I want to offer a food and drink deal at Mojos on Wednesday afternoons.

Updates
10/18 Artwork confirmed, social media advertised and emails sent out to sports club. Deal launched!
09/18 Initial meeting with venue to discuss feasibility and food deals. Burger, chips and drinks confirmed for £5. Artwork request sent.
RUSU Activities Officer 2018 variety/talent showcase policy
In progress

Sports can easily demonstrate what they have been working on during their BUCs matches whereas societies have less of a visible platform to perform. I want to promote an evening where a variety of arts and talents can perform at 3sixty in a showcase evening in front of an audience.

Updates
10/18 – Had a meeting with RUDs President who confirmed their showcase was already booked in with venue and was at preliminary stage of organising. Now looking into additional ways to support their current set-up whether that be advertising and promotion or supporting the event in other ways.
09/18 Initial research into practicality of event showed that RUDs Society have held a similar event last year. Arranged a meeting when the RUDs president would be back in Reading.
RUSU Activities Officer 2018 Live at Mojos policy
Complete

A live semi-acoustic music event at Mojos held at lunchtimes. It will be a great opportunity for music societies to demonstrate their talent and hard work to students. A further benefit could be attracting students to join the societies performing.

Updates
10/18 Artwork completed and approved. Advertised event and had first sign up ready for Week 3 for the first performances. Each week we have had 3 artists perform with a variety of experience from never performing in front of others to students with a lot of gig experience. A successful event!
09/18 Recruited a student to help run the lunch time event. Had meeting with both student and Societies Coordinator to discuss logistics. Still awaiting artwork request before advertising event.
08/18 Liaised with RUSU Commercial team about practicality, venue, technology setup and time – all now confirmed. Artwork request sent. Budget confirmed from RUSU.
07/18 Discussed with Societies Coordinator about providing musical students with an opportunity to perform within RUSU.
RUSU Activities Officer 2018 community campaign policy
Complete

RUSU aims to work with the UoR and local community to improve relations and the overall reputation of students. Through this campaign it will promote better cohesion between the local community and students resulting in a friendlier and safer neighbourhood. Working in conjunction with Dan Bentley (Welfare Officer).

Updates
11/18 With Welfare officer we are completing the website information that is part of the campaigning, providing students 10 points to follow as a neighbour.
10/18 Hello Neighbour packs completed and collected by student staff to post out.
09/18 Artwork request sent and completed. Postcards printed. Materials delivered to RUSU to be packed (packs include: Hello Neighbour envelope, Information postcard in a friendly tone to relay helpful information to students living in private accommodation, a postcard that encourages to contact their neighbours by filling it in a posting it through their door, and finally a tea bag to share a cup of tea with the neighbour). Event decided but due to venue hire and logistics has been postponed.
08/18 Currently brainstorming ideas and names for the campaign, in addition to when in the year a campaign could be launched. -Looking into possible events to support this campaign.
07/18 Initial meeting with Sarah Gardner, (UoR Community Relations Officer) to discuss potential plans for the year.
In progress

The Knights Accreditation Scheme was set up last year however was not majorly advertised and pushed towards our clubs as it was midway through the academic year. This scheme is to encourage sports to move their clubs in the right direction to grow sustainably and improve their society, with Bronze level as the minimum requirement for clubs to affiliate with RUSU.

Updates
08/18 Restructured and edited the criteria and what needs to be achieved for each level; Bronze, Silver and Gold. Submitted an artwork request where the sports club’s achievement level is more prevalent for others to see on the RUSU website.