Andy Higham is this year's AU president

AU President ready for action

Since the results of the sab elections on 7 February newly appointed Athletic Union President, Andy Higham, has been hard at work.

As the student’s representative for all things sport, the Athletic Union president has the heady responsibility of liaising with AU’s 49 student sports clubs, and ensuring that Exeter’s 17,000+ students have the best possible sporting experience.

“It’s going really well” he explained. “I’ve spent the summer getting up to speed and preparing for the coming year and meeting with key staff members. Its brilliant have to students arriving back. I’m ready for some action now and can’t wait to get stuck in.”

A former president of the Student Tennis Club, one of the biggest clubs in the AU, Andy is no stranger to running a large organisation, and he has big ideas to help promote student sport across campus.

“I think being a club captain has helped. I understand what the captains need to improve their clubs.” He added.

“Firstly, I want to be big on social media and spend more time connecting with the student media societies as well, Exeposé, Xpression FM and XTV. Some brilliant success stories come out of clubs and I want to make sure everyone know about them.

“I also want to work more closely with the lesser known sports to bring them to the fore-front so they can get the representation they deserve.  Every club in the AU has an important role to play, it doesn’t matter what their size or how many BUCS points they bring in, it’s important that we grow and offer support at every level.”

However, it’s not all about club sport; Andy will be working on some the AU’s biggest events including MoSistas and the newly rebranded 30 Days of Sport.

He explained: “International Sport Month is changing this year. Rather than condensing everything into one month of sport we’ve decided to host thirty events throughout the year. That way we’ll be able to engage more people and include more clubs. We’re planning some excellent events like a Roadford Lake sailing day, and Back to School Sports Day.

“We’ve also got the Football Varisty coming up. This year will be a mirror of the Rugby Varsity, as our first team will be taking on Bath in the BUCS Premier League. It’s going to be an amazing match and we want as many students as possible to come and get behind the Green Machine.”

The Athletic Union oversees student sport at the University of Exeter. For further information on clubs and events visit the University of Exeter Sport AU webpages or contact au@exeter.ac.uk.

Date: 22 September 2014

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