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Why set up a new group?

If you think we're missing something from our list of sports clubs & societies you could set up a new sports club or society.

Running a sports club or society is easy and takes as much or as little time as you and your fellow committee members would like to give to it.

Your group could run social events, competitions, training, talks, organise a conference, raise money, bungee-jumping, enter competitions, whatever you like.

Running a group is a great way to develop your skills and make a difference to students.


How to register a new group

Support for students running groups

What do students running groups do?

Code of Conduct

The Societies Committee will not be meeting again until next term starts so please expect a delayed response. On average, it can take 1-3 weeks to receive the outcome of your application so when applying for funding please make sure you submit the form well ahead of when you will need the money.

How to register a new group

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.

Start a Society

Click here to start a new society.

Development Sports Club

Please bear in mind that if you apply to become a development club you do not receive a budget from the Union. The development clubs have access to apply to the sports reps pot of money and set their own membership fees. The club will need to budget and financially support themselves factoring things like facilities costs, equipment, transport, coaching, kit and any competition costs they might want to enter. The development club do get a space to advertise on the union website and a stall at freshers fair. 

Complete new development sports club form »

Support for students running groups

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.

What do students running groups do?

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 events and trips
  • 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 their Volunteer Coordinator
  • Working with other club/society committee members and ordinary members
  • Gathering and responding to feedback from club/society members
  • Attending Students' Union training

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. By submitting this form you show that you accept and understand these. 

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

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 society at the society’s Annual General Meeting or by using the elections admin on www.sussexstudent.com.

The society committee shall:

1. Ensure their duty of care to their members within all activities undertaken by the society whilst working within the Health & Safety guidelines of the Union and the University. Society activity is described as any activity involving a group of students who are primarily connected through their Society and can be viewed as representing such by an external body whether this activity is officially recognised or not by the Society, Union or University.
2. Act in accordance with the principals of the Union’s Equality and Diversity policy and not discriminate on any grounds including, but not limited to sexuality, race, gender, age or disability.
3. Make a commitment to providing a quality service to their members.
4. Promote and facilitate the activities and interests of the society rather than their own interests and activities especially where these are inconsistent with the constitution of the society.
5. Act professionally and responsibly in all matters regarding their society and the Union.

The society members (ordinary and committee) shall:

1. Conduct themselves accordingly as representatives of their society, the Union and the University.
2. Comply with the Union Articles of Association, Sports Club and Society Rules, Safer Space Policy and Equality and Diversity Policy.
3. Respect the rights and dignity of others and ensure that threatening or intimidating behaviour is not tolerated towards members, students, staff or the public.
4. Use equipment owned by the society or the Union for the purposes of the society only and not willfully damage or misuse said equipment. 
5. Carry out society activities soberly and with due care, and not under the influence of alcohol or other intoxicating or mind-altering substances.
6. Use Union resources only for the administration and execution of their society activities, including the telephones and computers.
7. Acknowledge these criteria additionally apply to any online and social media activity related to their society.