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Ellie Whittaker – Candidate for York Sport President

The Yorker’s Candidate profile for Ellie Whittaker who is running for the position of York Sport President in the YUSU Elections 2015.

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Name Ellie Whittaker

Candidate for York Sport President

College James

Year 3rd

Course Archaeology

Why are you running? Being involved in sport at York has been the best part of my university experience! Since I’ve been president of the women’s football club, we’ve more than doubled in size, we’re one of the best performing clubs in the York Sport Union, and we’ve been selected to host the national BUCS Women’s Football Festival next month in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care. I’d love the chance to develop the sport union in the same way that I’ve developed UYWAFC, and I believe I could make a real difference if elected.

What are your policies?
1) Excellence through development: I would make a commitment to every single club and college sport to meet with them once a term in order to come up with a development plan that is tailored to suit their needs. This will help to better establish the smaller and newer clubs, and will allow the established clubs to be able to develop further, in order to continue the York Sport Union’s push towards the top 35 of BUCS. I will support this further by extending the alumni mentoring scheme, so all presidents have access to a pool of York’s outstanding sporting alumni.

2) Recognition: BUCS have shown that students who are involved at sport and sports leadership at University earn on average 18% more in their later careers, and it’s unfair that this isn’t better recognised. I will lobby the York Award to be more sport-friendly, better reflecting the time and effort that goes into being a president or captain of a sports club, and I will work to extend the Student Ambassador scheme so that prospective students are better aware of the value of university sport. York’s student media is the best in the UK, and do a fantastic job at covering the mainstream sports. By increasing the communication between the Sport Union and student media, I want clubs and college sports to be celebrated more equally.

3) Inclusivity: Sport is as much about the spectators and non-participants as it is about the athletes, and I think more needs to be done to create one union! In order to drum up more support in the build up to Roses 2016, I will make a RAG event the first official event, in order to engage a wider demographic of the student body with the biggest inter-university varsity in Europe. I will boost communication between clubs by grouping club presidents by sports of similar size and stature, so they will be able to bounce ideas off each other more easily.

Why should students vote for you? My policies are ambitious yet achievable and I believe that they’ll really help to develop sport in York at all all levels in both the short and long term. Having served as a captain of two university first teams, two college teams, and now as a club president of one of the most rapidly developing clubs on campus, I understand how challenging it can be to juggle sport with a degree! This wide range of experience means I understand what members of the sport union need in order to progress. Since I’ve been at York, I’ve secured two promotions, with a third hopefully just around the corner, so I understand what the performance clubs need to succeed, but my club also has a thriving beginner’s setup too, so I’m aware of how we can increase participation at all levels. Also, not many people can say their club’s been chosen to host a national festival, which mine has!! I’ve worked hard to put my club on the map, and I’ll stop at nothing to make sure I’m as successful as York Sport President as I have been as UYWAFC President!

Manifesto in a sentence My policies offer something for everyone, so if you want to develop across the board, create one union and get recognised for all the sporting things you do, put the wELLIE into sport and vote Ellie for York Sport President!!!