All you need to get started is three people to be your committee and an idea.
Our new group forms help you explain your idea and how your group will run safely and responsibly.
Once new sports clubs & societies are approved by the relevant Students' Union committee then you're up and running.
New society applications are seen by the Societies Committee, a student-led committee who meet weekly during Autumn & Spring Term. New society applications are usually approved if the group will be doing something different to the clubs & societies already affiliated with the Students' Union. The Societies Committee Reps may not approve your application and suggest working collaboratively with another group if your aims & objectives are similar to an established group. Check the current groups here.
There can be a large waiting list of new society applications awaiting approval. While your group is waiting to be officially approved, you will be considered a 'development society' and be given an 'application pending' page on the website linking directly to a Facebook group/page (if provided on the application form). While your application is pending you will not be able to apply to the Societies Fund or submit applications to the Sussex Leaf Scheme, but we encourage you to begin working towards the criteria in the Leaf Scheme as it will help you to establish your group.
You can still book Students' Union rooms & resources at Falmer house Reception in person or by emailing Reception on firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be aware that any events or activities carried out by development societies will not be covered by the Students' Union insurance and you will still be required to complete a risk assessment for your event. You can contact the Students' Union Events Team for support with running events safely on email@example.com.
We have based our definition of sport as those recognised by Sports England. Sports that are offered at Sussex are those that have proven to attract interest from students. If you feel that Sussex should offer a Sports England recognised sport, that it currently does not offer then please read the following document before submitting this application form.
Your application will then be considered and voted on by the Sports Reps. If approved, as a new Sports Club, then you will need to book a meeting with Sarah (Sports Development Manager) to sort out risk assessments for your club's future activities, gaining access to a minisite on this website, access to financial accounts and planning what's next.
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Students' Union sports clubs and societies can get support, resources and funding from the Students' Union.
We can help you publicise your activities, network with other society committee members, give you storage space, include you in our insurance policy, advise you on things like organising events and recruiting members.
The staff in the Activities Centre are here to support you and we can provide more information, funding and advice to help you out.
You can choose what your committee members are called and what their roles entail.
Committee members are responsible for organising the group’s activities and ensuring these are carried out safely;
- Organising trips
- Organising events
- Selecting the team for a competition
- Tasks specific to your group’s activities, aims and objectives
Committee members are responsible for ensuring the ongoing development of their group
- Recruiting new members
- Liaising with the Activities Centre
- Working with other club/society committee members and ordinary members
- Gathering and responding to feedback from club/society members
- Attending Students' Union training
Committee members are bound by the group’s code of conduct.
Running a group comes with responsibility towards your members and the Students’ Union. Our code of conduct outlines your responsibilities and those of your members.
This code of conduct is to be adhered to in conjunction with the University of Sussex Students’ Union Articles of Association, Sports Club and Society Rules, Safer Space Policy and Equality and Diversity Policy.
The Students’ Union Articles of Association is available online at www.sussexstudent.com/about-us/
The Sports Club and Society Rules are available online at http://www.sussexstudent.com/pageassets/about-us/Clubs-and-Societies-Nov-15.pdf
The Safer Space Policy is available online at http://www.sussexstudent.com/about-us/policies/safer-space/
The Equality and Diversity Policy is available online at www.sussexstudent.com/about-us/policies/equal-opportunities/
All members, ordinary and committee, must read, agree to and abide by this code of conduct and be aware of the repercussions of any breaches.
The committee shall be elected democratically by the members of the group at the group’s Annual General Meeting or by using the elections admin on www.sussexstudent.com.