Candidate for the position of Sports Union Participation and Engagement Officer

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Tash Miller

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I am a current 2nd year student who has been actively involved in sports and the Sports Union since joining Stirling University. I have been incredibly lucky to have joined a club as welcoming as the Rowing club, and been given the opportunity to lead as president over the past year. I would love to bring my passion for sports and involvement to the role of Sports Union Participation & Engagement Officer, to reach as many students as possible, whether it be through competition sport or recreational activity.

Participating in sport and physical activity has many benefits- physical health, mental health and social wellbeing, amongst many others. As the Sports Union Engagement and Participation Officer, I will continue with the development of The Social Club, aiming to engage as many new students with sport at the university. I hope to expand the project and offer a wide range of sports on a regular basis, with an increased social media presence and promotional reach, to involve as many student as possible.

Through specialised events aimed at different demographics, such as international students and students in halls of residence, I will aim to create opportunities for socialising and getting active at the same time. Activities centred at key accommodation hubs on a semi-regular basis will have the purpose of engaging students who otherwise would not venture to participate in competition or organised sports, and hosting GIAG events of international and cultural sports in central locations will aim to incentivise home students to try a new activity and welcome international students to feel at home.

As the Times Sports University of the Year 2020, the University of Stirling is home to an incredible range of sports both on a competition and recreational level. In this role within the Sports Union, my primary focus will be to engage with students who would not consider themselves 'athletes,' but who would like to embrace the opportunity to be involved with continuing our reputation as Scotland's University for Sporting Excellence, by taking the opportunity to them and to make their experience as easy, as fun and as accessible as possible.