The Athletic Union President is in charge of student sport at the university, encompassing club sport, recreational sport, national and international representation, as well as strategy and governance.
Hi, my name is Tom Abbott and I am your Athletic Union President for 2017/18. I was elected by the student body to represent them across all sporting platforms, both within the university to across the national stage. This covers a range of issues, from competitive and recreational sport, to wellbeing within sport and its role within the university’s strategy. I have an office in both the Student’s Association and the Athletic Union, and my door is always open, so please come and find me if you have any queries at all! Alternatively, feel free to drop me an email or check out the website for more details!
Club Sport – The AU president oversees all club sport within St Andrews, advising and assisting with clubs when they have issues or need financial assistance. The president also assists with competitive sport within British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS), and Scottish Student Sport (SSS).
Recreational Sport – The president is involved with the Hall Sport program and plans the Give-It-A-Go sessions in orientation week, as well as organises the Sports Fayre, which allows students to meet the clubs and get to know the sport if they are beginners.
International Sport – The president helps provide assistance and advice to elite athletes playing at the highest level of sport, allowing them to continue their elite development in line with their academic studies.
University Relations – The president sits on both the Athletic Union and Students Association Boards, as well as liaising with the director of sport, making major decisions about how sport is run at the University.
National Representation – The president represents the university within BUCS and SSS, as well as sports’ national governing bodies (NGBs)
Alumni & Events
Alumni Festival Weekend – The president (along with the AU Alumni Team) help to bring a programme of sport to the Alumni Festival Weekend in April, as well as hosting the nationally acclaimed Rugby 7s tournament, which sees 7s teams from all over the UK competing.
Kingdom vs. Capital & Varsity – Working alongside their University of Edinburgh counterpart, the president organises the Kingdom vs. Capital day, one of the largest inter-university events in the UK.
Sinners – Working with the DoES and the AU Events Team, the AU President helps to plan and run the famous sports-themed nights held in Club 601.