Louise Fell - VP for Sports

Louise Fell is a recent graduate from the School of Sport, Health and Exercise Science. She has been elected to serve as your new Vice President of Sport.

During her four years in Bangor, Louise was actively involved throughout the Athletics Union, taking on various committee roles in different clubs. She was Vice 1st Team Captain of the Women’s Cricket Club in 2016/17 and the Vice Club Captain of the Badminton Team in 2017/18. As well as this, she was in the AU Executive Committee as the Publicity and Communications Officer in 2017/18 that helped run many successful events, such as Superteams, the AU Dinner and the preparation for Varsity. 

As your Athletic Union President, Louise intends to work in collaboration with her fellow Sabbatical Officers and the Opportunities team within the Students Union, to help enhance the Bangor sports experience for all students. Louise intends to work relentlessly to ensure that she accurately represents the sporting body, and any concerns they may have.

Louise intends to focus on the financial sustainability and self-sufficiency of clubs, to ensure they never experience a financial crisis again, through a strong Fundraising strategy, and ensuring the right support and guidance is provided to the students by Union staff. Mental Health is also a very important aspect of Louise’s plan of the year, as she hopes to run a Men’s Mental Health campaign in 2019, as it is one of the least talked about points of mental health, and so she hopes to take steps to start the conversation in Bangor through Alright Mate? and #ITSOKAYTONOTBEOKAY national initiatives.

Louise has an open door policy, and wholeheartedly encourages students to come to speak to her whenever they like. Whether it is just to catch up and have a chat, to discuss a problem - or to start up your very own club, she is happy to listen!

#GreenAndGoldArmy

So, what have I been up to in these last two months?

VX3

The start of the semester brought the first delivery of VX3 items to bangor, and with it the beginnings of the #GreenandGoldarmy era! However, as you can imagine, it did not come without it’s problems – and consequently I spent a large portion of the last 8 weeks ironing over a few creases, and ensuring that the students truly got the best deal. On the bright side, VX3 produced an excellent quality video showing off the new kit, which you can find on our Facebook page.

This Bangor Girl Can

The arrival of November brought one of the Athletic Union’s biggest campaigns of the year – this Girl Can. Through the hard combined work of the AU and Canolfan Brailsford, we delivered an excellent campaign, that got over 100 women involved throughout the week in activities varying from American Football and Circuits, to Self Defence and Mountain Walking.

AU Instagram

One thing I wanted to improve in my time as a sabbatical officer was the use of social media as a communicative tool! As a result, I decided to use a similar marketing and communication pattern to other universities and create an Athletic Union Instagram, used not only to promote AU matches and fixtures, but also Union Wide campaigns. This has gone very well, accruing over 550 followers in 6 weeks.

Welsh Student Sport

As part of my role as VP Sport, I am expected to attend BUCS meetings, and as Bangor falls into two different regions (Wales & North West), the amount of time I spend at BUCS meetings is doubled! In my last update I spoke at length of the discrimination North Wales faces compared to South Wales in the conversation of sport. Bangor have struggled time and time again recruiting high-quality coaches from Governing bodies we pay, due to our geographical location, which is a discrimination I find hard to swallow. As a result, I ran for – and was successful in running for the position of Student Chair of the Welsh Student Sport Group – with the purpose of pressuring governing bodies into representing the WHOLE of Wales, not just Cardiff.

Dragons Den

This semester we also piloted the first of two Dragon’s Den’s – whereby clubs send in ideas that require additional funds than what was allocated at the beginning of the year – successful candidates are then invited to go through a face to face pitch for the money in front of a panel. This is due to happen on Friday 7th of December, with Paintball, Women’s Cricket, Dance and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Dodgeball

On the 10th of November, the AU Exec hosted the first ever AU Dodgeball Tournament. Over 40 teams entered, and over 200 students took part across the day, and was a massive success for all. We had teams dressed up in a variety of tight and bright, and one team even dressed as the Village People! Special mention to Ruth and Mark for coming and helping throughout the day, the event had an excellent response, and the Athletic Union are thoroughly excited to have round 2 of the hotly-anticipated Dodgeball next semester! 

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