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Sports President

My name is James and I am your Sports President the 2022-23 academic year. 

As your Athletic Union President, I am the voice and representative for all students who want to get involved in sport at Exeter. From recreational to competitive sport, as well as employability opportunities with coaching and umpiring, I work alongside the AU team and students to ensure your experience is as enjoyable as possible.

My key aims for the year ahead are increased student coach support, along with improved inclusivity and accessibility support. To hear more about my manifesto head below to see more.


All members should feel welcome and valued; no matter what club they belong to, no matter how confident they feel, no matter what level they perform at. Closing the gap between more casual members and the elite BUCS level will help provide better value for money and fairness for all. 

Student Coach Support:

Increased support and training for student coaches will result in better structured sessions, allowing members to develop faster in their sport. This improvement will increase students engagement in the club leading to a greater student sport experience for all.


Each club should establish more frequent accessibility sessions allowing for students with physical or learning difficulties to enjoy the great Exeter sporting experience. Big club events, such as varsities, should also be adapted to allow for anyone to come along and show there support.

Raising money to help students access Guild societies and Athletics Union clubs.

What is the societies and clubs hardship fund?

Exeter Students’ Guild and Athletics Union have collaborated to create the Societies and Clubs Hardship Fund, which students can apply to for financial support. The fund can be used to help students join societies and clubs, which can have membership fees ranging from £5 to £100, as well as to help students participate in society and club activities. These activities, such as attending events or purchasing sports kit, could cost £50 or more. However, the hardship fund takes away these financial barriers so that every student can get fully involved. 

Why this matters

For many students, societies and clubs are a core part of their University lives, and we want that opportunity to be available for everyone. Societies and clubs allow students to connect with others, gain new experiences, and make friends that will stay with them for the rest of their lives. Being part of a society or club can also help improve students’ employability skills, for example, by giving them volunteering experience. This fund helps level the playing field and allows people from a variety of backgrounds to fully immerse themselves in the University community.

Who are we?

The Students' Guild are the Students’ Union at Exeter, and they exist to make Students' university experience as amazing as possible.  They are led by students, for students and have elected full-time Officers representing student interests at the heart of everything they do. 

The Athletics Union is the home of student sport at Exeter with 52 different clubs and opportunities ranging from BUCS High Performance sport to recreational sport and Intramural- there really is something for everyone.

Where will your money go?

We are asking for donations to the Societies and Clubs hardship fund because the rising cost of living means that student loans are just not enough to cover the cost of food, bills, accommodation and enable some students to join societies and clubs in Exeter. Your donations to the fund will give students who are struggling financially the opportunity to join in with the extracurricular activities they would like to.

  • £10 could buy membership to a society
  • £30 could buy society merchandise
  • £50 could buy a ticket to a formal event or trip 
  • £100 could buy membership to an Athletics Union Club.  

Find us here

Exeter's Students' Union - Students' Guild ( 

Help us succeed!

Please help our students by donating to the fund and sharing our page to help spread the word! Thank you!

The 2023 Athletic Union Award winners are here! We have a lot to celebrate after a very successful year: winning leagues, trophies and not to forget all the fundraising that has been done over the year. Please see the list of nominees and winners below... 

 Achievements in Media

  • Athletics
  • Fencing (Winner)
  • Lacrosse
  • Men's Cricket
  • Men's Hockey
  • Riding
  • Rugby League
  • Rugby Union Men's
  • Squash
  • Touch Rugby

Student Coach(es) of the Year 

  • Aaron Haynes (Boxing)
  • Ashmin Pun (Women's Football)
  • Caitlin Polley & Billy Collins (Hockey)
  • Emily Simon, James Young & Ethan DV (Touch Rugby) (Winner)
  • Jake Thompson (Canoe)
  • Matthew Coffin (Tennis)
  • Nathan Goddard (Athletics)
  • Ollie Lindsey-Clark (Climbing)
  • Rosie Grist (Ladies Cricket)
  • Thomas Nagle (Rugby League)  

Treasurer of the Year 

  • Alex Tamlyn (Powerlifting)
  • Ama Nisbet (Tennis)
  • Archie Lyle (Rifle) (Winner)
  • David Hammond (Squash)
  • Finbarr Wormwell (Sailing)
  • Izzy Matheson (Cycling)
  • James Atwell (Windriders)
  • Jasmine Giddens (Riding)
  • Louisa Williams (Sub-Aqua)
  • Rosie Pickles (Boat Club)
  • Samuel Reza (Men’s Football)

The AU Unsung Hero Award

  • Amy Esterhuizen (Riding)
  • Chris Clark (Canoe)
  • Declan Cooke (Women's Rugby)
  • Ellen Jackson (Netball)
  • Flora Smith (Climbing) (Winner)
  • Georgie Estall (Riding)
  • Mathilde Molineaux (Windriders)
  • Nhat Minh Nguyen (Boxing)
  • Tom Cooke-Priest (Windriders)
  • William Douglas (Athletics)

The Bruce Coleman Contribution to Sport Award 

  • Ben Whicher (Athletics)
  • Charlie Bates (Athletics)
  • Daniel Dixon (Men's Cricket)
  • Ellen Rodgers (Squash)
  • Jade Richards (Netball) (Winner)
  • Jake Thompson (Canoe)
  • Lucy Tiplady (Riding)
  • Megan Webb (Netball)
  • Rachel Grainger (Boat Club)
  • Sophia Martin (Athletics)

Club Captain of the Year

  • Adam Lightfoot (Cycling)
  • Billy Franklin (Rugby League)
  • Joanna Gaudini (Table Tennis)
  • Leoni Cunningham (Surf) (Winner)
  • Livvy Payne-King (Cheerleading, Dance & Gymnastics)
  • Lucy Tiplady (Riding)
  • Milo Raine-Lower (Karate)
  • Roxy Buckley (Ladies Cricket)
  • Sophia Martin (Athletics)
  • Will Baulkwill (American Football) 

Sports Personality of the Year

  • Bethany Wallis (Athletics)
  • Brianna Cummins (Women's Rugby)
  • Charlie Bryce (Boat Club)
  • Harry Ng (Climbing)
  • Haydn Clinton (Swimming)
  • Jade Richards (Netball)
  • Josh Alexander (Rugby League)
  • Reuben Jones (Boxing)
  • Ruzza Sheikh (Badminton) (Winner)
  • Samantha Muzanenhamo (Trampolining)

Club Development of the Year

  • American Football (Winner)
  • Athletics
  • Boxing
  • Canoe
  • Karate
  • Ladies Cricket
  • Powerlifting
  • Riding
  • Rifle
  • Rugby League

Inclusive Club of the Year

  • Athletics
  • Climbing
  • Karate
  • Riding (Winner)
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Table Tennis
  • Trampolining
  • Volleyball
  • Women's Rugby

Participation Activity of the Year 

  • Athletics
  • Boat Club
  • Cheerleading, Dance & Gymnastics (Winner)
  • Karate
  • Riding
  • Sailing
  • Snowsports
  • Surfing
  • Trampolining
  • Volleyball

Sustainable Club of the Year

  • Athletics
  • Riding
  • Sailing (Winner)
  • Snowsports
  • Sub-Aqua
  • Surf
  • Tennis
  • Trampolining
  • Windriders

Team Captain(s) of the Year 

  • Alice Ripper & Anna Neville (Lacrosse) (Winner)
  • Ami Robinson (Women's Hockey)
  • Amy Esterhuizen (Riding)
  • Balint Garamvölgyi (Fencing)
  • Josh Bailey (Men's Football)
  • Joshua Prout (Rifle)
  • Lauren Lankhuijzen (Women's Football)
  • Martha Reeve (Women's Hockey)
  • Ruzza Sheikh (Badminton)
  • Sam Gemmell (Golf)
  • Thomas Nagle (Rugby League) 

Team of the Year

  • Fencing Men's 1
  • Hockey Men's 7
  • Hockey Women's 1
  • Hockey Women's 3
  • Hockey Women's 7
  • Korfball 1
  • Lacrosse Women's 1
  • Netball 1
  • Rugby League 1
  • Rugby Union Men's 1 (Winner)
  • Rugby Union Women's 1
  • Snowsports Freestyle
  • Tennis Men's 3
  • Touch Rugby 1
  • Women's Rugby 7s 2

Club of the Year 

  • American Football
  • Badminton
  • Boat Club
  • Canoe
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Riding
  • Rifle
  • Rugby League
  • Rugby Union
  • Touch Rugby
  • Women's Hockey (Winner)


  • Alice Ripper (Lacrosse)
  • Anna Neville (Lacrosse)
  • Cossie Lewis (Sailing)
  • Georgia Staroscik (Golf)
  • Kaitlin Lawrence (Netball)
  • Kate Hatcher (Windriders)
  • Kitty Brewer (Surf)
  • Lin Wang (Table Tennis)
  • Maisy Allen (Women's Rugby)
  • Martha Taylor (Women's Hockey) (Winner)
  • Nancy McGillivray (Women's Rugby)
  • Sylvi Misztal (Cycling)
  • Zoe Lovibond (Lacrosse) 


  • Aaron McMahon (Canoe)
  • Alice Kettlewell (Trampolining)
  • Benjamin Richmond (Table Tennis)
  • Harry Butler (Golf)
  • Kevin Luk (Badminton)
  • Lucas Dorrell (Men's Rugby) (Winner)
  • Marina Charman (Lacrosse)
  • Ollie Meadowcroft (Sailing)
  • Phoebe Hughes (Riding)
  • Sophie Hodge (Rifle)


  • Aaron Pope (Cycling)
  • Alex Boag (Rugby League)
  • Ben Grant (Powerlifting)
  • Cameron Thores (Athletics)
  • Cole Rees-Williams (Karate)
  • Dan Collenette (Table Tennis)
  • Henry Waldrern (Rifle)
  • Joe Norman (Riding)
  • Josh Barton (Men's Rugby) (Winner)
  • Thomas Crockett (Athletics)