21/08/20 Update Committee Guidance

With September approaching, we know you’re all excited to get back to Bath and get started with the academic year. However, with COVID-19 social distancing guidelines still in place, we all need to look at this year and understand that it is not going to be same as others. 
If you’re not familiar with the current government guidelines, you can read more at https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus These guidelines are constantly changing so it’s important we’re up to date with them and flexible in our approach to planning for the year. Our main priority is ensuring we all stay safe during these unprecedented times. You can find more information from the University https://www.bath.ac.uk/projects/university-operating-levels/ and https://www.bath.ac.uk/corporate-information/learning-and-teaching-from-september-2020/

As you’re planning activities for your groups this year, refer back to that webpage to check all plans are compliant. Current guidance on socialising is that we should avoid: 
•    socialising indoors in groups of more than two households (anyone in your support bubble counts as one household) – this includes when dining out or going to the pub
•    socialising outdoors in a group of more than six people from different households; gatherings larger than six should only take place if everyone is from exclusively from two households or support bubbles
•    hold or attend celebrations (such as parties) where it is difficult to maintain social distancing and avoid close social interaction – even if they are organised by businesses and venues that are taking steps to follow COVID-19 Secure guidelines
•    And people hosting a gathering of more than 30 people will now be issued spot fines of up to £10,000. The SU could be liable for having to pay this fine!
We are busy looking at the additional steps that will be needed when risk assessing space and activities and will be in touch with this information soon. You will then be required to add on extra information that may be specific to your group’s activity. In the meantime,  please do your research (as detailed in the links provided above) to help with planning your events- the government update these on a regular basis. 
We all have a responsibility to follow these rules to not only keep ourselves safe, but also those around us and those who could be more vulnerable. We know it may be difficult to alter our activities to follow these rules, but we need to stay positive and help each other through this. Your groups are going to be more important to the community than ever. 
Our advice would be to start thinking what you can offer virtually as well as in-person. There are so many creative ways you can engage students and attract new members through online activities. If you have any ideas that you want to run past us, please do. Or if you’re struggling to think of ideas just get in touch and we can chat about the potentials. 
 We will also be giving you plenty of opportunities to promote your group through our virtual Freshers’ Fair, as well as spotlights on our social channels, Instagram takeovers as well as our ‘What’s on’ section on the website. 
We appreciate not everything will transfer virtually easily, however, if you think beyond your ‘normal’ activities and think about connecting members then there’s plenty of innovative ways to reach similar goals and to ensure members remain engaged. Having a virtual offer will ensure that no matter what happens in September you will have something for your members.
If you would like any support in planning for the year, please feel free to contact SU staff. We’re here to help wherever possible. 

17/07/20 Update  Return to SU sport fora 

We are now looking to you, to help us shape our sporting offer so it can work as well as possible.

The first stage of this is to run 3 ‘return to SU sport’ fora on Teams next week. These will inform you of the current landscape, considerations you need to be making, and enable you to feed in to some of the key areas we’re currently investigating. We have allocated clubs to each of the fora, and ask for one representative per club to attend.

Representation at your forum is so important to enable us to make full, informed decisions around next year, so if you’re reading this, make sure your committee knows, and that someone signs up and is in attendance. Sign up here by Monday!

Forum 1: Tuesday 21st July, 13:30-14:30

Forum 2: Wednesday 22nd July, 16:00-17:00

Forum 3: Thursday 23rd July, 12:30-13:30

American Football

Cue sports








Football & Futsal















Water polo






Latin and Ballroom






Jiu Jitsu

Table Tennis








Sanda Kickboxing









More details will be sent out once we have signups sorted.

Next year represents a huge challenge, and I can’t stress enough how the landscape of sport is going to need to change to provide an offer that is safe, accessible and enjoyable for our communities. That said, so many of you have put in, and are still putting in the hours now! You are already making SUCH a positive difference to many people's lives, at a time where it is needed the most!


In light of the COVID-19 Pandemic, here are the SU Sport relevant guidelines:

As Committee, we will need you to be checking your club email accounts on a regular basis, as there may be some decisions that need to be made quickly.

With the expense365 app being used more frequently at the moment, we need you to be more explicit with what you're claiming for! Lack of detail will result in rejections! 

These mitigations are for the safety of our students, and their friends and families, as well as the wider community:

  • It needn’t be said, but our expectations are that any students presenting symptoms, or students living with other individuals that are presenting symptoms will self-isolate along with the Public health England guidelines. Please ensure your members are aware of this.
  • No large events or gatherings to be hosted by any club (no club dinners, socials). Please encourage your members to refrain from going to any social spaces, or attending any large social gatherings.
  • Trips should be cancelled, as non-essential travel should be halted. Please email subathsport@bath.ac.uk for support ONLY if you are the Tour/Trip lead. 
  • Unnecessary transport must be minimised. Please encourage your membership to exercise locally, away from large groups of people, in open air spaces, or at home if they are self-isolating.
  • Club training sessions are now closed. The STV is closed.
  • Meetings can still be had with staff, but over Teams, or other modes of communication.

Student welfare is the priority during this time:

The SU Advice & Support Centre will remain open to support, but operating remotely via email on suadvice@bath.ac.uk & can speak with you over email, video or audio call via Microsoft Teams or Zoom. Our opening hours remain as 10:00 – 16:00, Monday – Friday.

If your query is urgent please contact Student Services via studentservices@bath.ac.uk or +441225 383838, they provide Wellbeing, Counselling and Mental Health, Money Advice, Disability and Immigration advice and support.

Please also continue to use the Report and Support tool, which is another way of disclosing an issue you’ve experienced or witnessed and receiving support, or disclosing anonymously. Nightline will be operating their anonymous email service. Phone and messaging services have now been paused. The Samaritans service is still open, so please do contact them if you want a listening service during this time.  

I’d like to send my personal thanks to you, the club committees, who will, and have already had to make tough decisions. Please know that I’m trying to get through to all of your emails and Facebook messages as soon as I can. Support is here, so if you want a sounding-board before making a call, we are here!

Wishing you all the best. Stay safe!