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Student Sport

James Coffin

Sports President - Student Expert

James graduated from Exeter in 2022 with a Meng in Electronic Engineering. By working alongside the AU and the new committees of all 52 sports clubs, James wants to drive the Exeter sporting experience forward by creating a more inclusive student sporting experience along with increased student coach support.

Throughout his time in Exeter James has taken part in many sports for the first time including kayaking, surfing and squash. He has also been on the tennis committee for two years as a tennis ambassador and recently as club captain.

For more information about James and his aims as Sports President this year, please read his manifesto: 


Charlotte Raymont

Student Sport Manager

Charlotte graduated from the University of Gloucestershire in 2002, with an Honours degree in Sport and Exercise Sciences. After graduating, she worked within the leisure industry as a swimming teacher, lifeguard and gym instructor. Charlotte then went on to work for the sports development department at the University of Plymouth, until she joined the University of Exeter as Athletic Union Manager in 2005.

Phone: 01392 726359

Stephen Brown

Sports Development Manager - Club Expert

Steve graduated from the University of Bath in 2016 with a First-class Hons in Sport and Social Sciences. If you need any support in the development and growth of activities and programmes within our University of Exeter sport programme, then Steve is your man. Steve also mentors a selection of the University's Sports scholars and Bursars and offers support to enhance their student athlete holistic performance.

Steve has a passion for inclusivity in sport and has worked closely with the F.A. on his dissertation ‘British Football: a qualitative study into the under-representation of British Asians in the ‘beautiful game’ and more recently became a Stonewall Trans Ally.

Outside of work, Steve enjoys Cycling, Running and Golf as well as supporting Newcastle United.

Email: or for general enquires
Phone: 01392 722478

Vicky Carnell

BUCS Co-ordinator (Athletic Union) - BUCS Expert

After working in Mental Health and supporting Young adults with learning difficulties, Vicky has moved across to the University of Exeter to follow her passion for the sport.

Vicky has a keen following of all sports, making her role at Exeter perfect. Her role involves overseeing all the BUCS teams for BUCS Wednesday, making sure all the logistics are completed which includes transport, fixtures, officials, and hotel stays. Safe to say she doesn't stop!

Vicky is also a keen Netball player and coach. Having played at Regional level 1, Vicky now enjoys coaching teams from Juniors to seniors. She is currently the secretary for our local league as well Exeter Netball Club. As well as this, Vicky also team manages an NPL franchise for U21. When she is not coaching or facilitating, Vicky really enjoys cooking and travelling.


Phillip Carter

Administrations Assistant (Athletics Union)

Phillip joined the University in 2017 working for the finance systems team initially for 6 months until the Technology 1 system was brought in place. As he showed willingness and passion, Phillip was trained on the T1 system to work on the finance helpdesk, training staff, students and academics. After being in the role for 3 years, he then moved on to the apprenticeship team and the Student Immigration services team. Since September 2022, Phillip has been a part of the AU team, assisting clubs and staff with all things finance. 

Phillip has always had a keen interest in finance since completing his AAT (accountancy course) in 2014 and follows many different sports in his spare time.


Sam Swinerd

Social Sport Coordinator

Having finished his Masters in Creative Writing in 2022, Sam’s journey through sport has been far from conventional. But as a long-time women’s football coach at the University of Exeter he has helped develop the skills and the confidence of many of Exeter’s students. Now as the Social Sport Coordinator, Sam oversees our social sport programme, helping to engage as many students as possible in non-competitive, beginner and inclusive sport.

Sam strongly believes that sport and physical activity can be for everyone, so he is working hard to make Exeter sport more accessible. As such, he is an excellent point of contact if you have ideas on how to make our sporting offer available to a wider, more diverse range of people.

When he’s not at work Sam can be found writing, football coaching and hunting down his latest pair of trainers.


Lewis Cox

Administrations Assistant (Athletics Union)

Lewis graduated from Exeter in 2022 with a BSc in Sport and Exercise Medical Sciences. Working alongside committee members of all 52 clubs this year, Lewis will be working to ensure every student has a fun and safe experience within university sport, the most enjoyable part of his time as a student at Exeter.

Lewis is also a qualified tennis coach, with experience coaching at Rafa Nadal Academy in Mallorca and will continue coaching at Exeter throughout the year, working with James to increase student coaching support. Lewis played tennis for the men’s second team at Exeter and is looking forward to working with lots of different and exciting sports!


Sam Wilson

Boatperson (Athletic Union) - Rowing Expert