The manifesto provided has good foundations but offers little creativity for moving the student sport offer or the Athletic Union forward. Much centres around continuing processes already in place but little stands out as having a significant effect on the average sporting student.
The first point centres on awareness. The candidate rightfully mentions difficulties in helping students find the right sporting opportunities, suggesting an increase in current promotional methods. Given that a number of student’s miss opportunities with these channels already in place, shouldn’t the real question be “are these the right channels in the first place?” Perhaps time spent re-evaluating, rather than simply increasing, would be more beneficial. Furthermore, spectatorship has been a manifesto point of the last 4 Sport EO’s and none have achieved it successfully, despite heavy awareness and coverage. Is this just a vote attracter and not something that can be accomplished?
Support for volunteers could certainly be improved, and the candidate makes valid points around training, resources and the future of the Club Development programme. An interesting point arises around recruitment of coaches. Will they really have capacity to add that time heavy component to an expansive workload and is that taking away from the developmental opportunities of a committee?
Of course we want all students to have the opportunity to take part in sport, and currently there are a limited number of disability sport offered, but we also have very limited numbers of students in need of disability sport. Is this adding something for which there is little demand, and should it be a top priority given this? Additionally, the college sport programme is run by full-time college staff, and the London campus is over 100 miles away, is major impact in these areas likely?
A minimising cost exercise is a strong idea but is cutting costs to the Athletic Union going to come at the expense of Student experience?
This manifesto is solid with strong elements throughout, but on the whole is very safe. If you want a more ambitious set of aims for the World’s best Sporting University, vote RON.