Edinburgh University Sports Union

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Edinburgh University
Sports Union
Institution University of Edinburgh
Location Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
Established 1866
President Rob Tate
Members c. 6,000 total
Affiliations British Universities and Colleges Sport, Scottish Student Sport
Website http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/sports-union/

Edinburgh University Sports Union (E.U.S.U) is the representative body of the 63 Sports Clubs and its 6000+ Members. Its Members are defined as:

  1. matriculated students of the University
  2. non-matriculated students enrolled for one or more classes at the University
  3. Edinburgh University Graduates (and spouses), Edinburgh University staff (and spouses) and spouses of those persons included in paragraph 3.1(1) and (2)
  4. others who have paid the University User charges for the current academic year and had their request for membership approved by the Executive Committee of E.U.S.U.

The University of Edinburgh was ranked 6th in the British Universities and Colleges Sport rankings in 2010/11, 2011/12 and 2012/13.[1]

The University of Edinburgh was ranked 5th in the British Universities and Colleges Sport rankings in 2008/09, 2007/08 and 2005/06 and 4th in 2006/07.


Edinburgh University Sports Union is run by an elected Executive Committee comprising 10 students, the Director of the CSE and 5 members of staffs.[2] It is chaired by an elected Sabbatical President. The elections for the Executive Committee are held at the AGM which is held in the third or exam semester of the University year.

The Executive Committee is also supported by a permanent staff which is composed of a Senior Treasurer, an Accounts Manager, an administrator, two sports co-ordinators and a Sport Programme Manager.

Finally, there is an Honorary President and 10 Honorary Vice Presidents.

Structure of the Sports Union[edit]


The Annual General Meeting of Edinburgh University Sports Union must be attended by 2 members of each member club and any other members who wish to attend. It is held in the last semester of the university year. At this AGM as well as reports from the President, Hon. Treasurer and Vice President the election of the Executive Committee is held.

Executive Committee[edit]

The Executive Committee is the body that runs the Sports Union. Chaired by a Sabbatical President with 9 other student members filling the roles of Hon. Treasurer, Vice President, Vice President Intramural, Hon. Secretary, Publicity Officer, Sponsorship Officer, Alumni Officer, Intramural Co-ordinator and an Events Officer. Each of these roles is responsible for ensuring different parts of the Sports Union runs correctly.

General Committee[edit]

Attended by at least one member of each Sports Union Member Club - 1 vote per Club and per Exec. Member Meets several times per semester. This Committee meets to ratify Policy and Finance decisions and to act as a medium through which information can pass to the Clubs from the Sports Union and vice versa. This Committee can act as a Court of Appeal for those Clubs disputing finance and policy decisions.

Finance Committee[edit]

Chaired by the Hon. Treasurer. Eight Ordinary Members, President, Sponsorship Officer, Hon. Secretary plus the Senior Treasurer and a representative from the CSE in attendance. Approves the Sports Union budget and administers all Sports Union funds (e.g. Representation, BUCS Reserve, Equipment etc.)

Media House[edit]

The Media House is responsible for all communications and marketing that comes from the Sports Union. Led by the Student Publicity Officer and supported by a range of volunteers, it ensures that the successes of our students and opportunities available to them are well advertised.

Sports Alumni Association[edit]

The University of Edinburgh Sports Alumni Association is made up of a Board of graduates who are responsible for overseeing the policy and strategy of the Association, and a Committee of students who are responsible for the day-to-day management of the Association.

From 2013, all sporting graduates of the University of Edinburgh automatically receive lifetime membership to the University of Edinburgh Sports Alumni Association, which aims to foster the relationship with graduates and their former university sports clubs. Many of the best student experiences are due to the fun, successes and friendships made through playing university sport, therefore we like to keep alumni informed of current sports news via e-newsletters (3 times a year), invitations to events (e.g. Annual Alumni Sports Day), and a large network of contacts and information through a wide range of social media outlets.

Sports Alumni Website

Blues and Colours Committee[edit]

Chaired by the President. Three Ordinary Members, Hon. Secretary, Vice President, Director of the CSE, three graduate Members. Meets to discuss and approve or otherwise applications for Blues, Half Blues and Colours.

Intra-Mural Sports Association[edit]

Chaired by the VPIM. President, Hon. Secretary, Two Intra-Mural Co-ordinators, plus Director of the CSE in attendance. For all matters pertaining to Intra-Mural Sport.

Officer Bearers[edit]

Executive Committee[edit]

List Of Committees

Year President Hon. Treasurer Vice President Vice President Intra-Mural Intra-Mural Co-ordinator/s Hon. Secretary Publicity Officer Sponsorship Officer Alumni Officer Events Officer
2013/14 Rob Tate George Hunt Conor Bond Rob Key Marina Sargeeva Sarah Whittick Douglas Taylor Marsh Flint Fraser Stockton Niall Moorjani
2012/13 Anna Donegan Rob Tate Josh Hooper Saul Gerald Carla Santoni Kim Pope Sally Abernethy Yumi Page Kirsty McConnell Catherine Sykes
2011/12 Sam Trett Tom Redpath Anna Donegan EJ Young Daniel Wilson Kirsten Chung Alexander Gilliland Nikita Panov Rosy Nolan Rebecca Simpson
2010/11 Charley Hannam Erik Rowbotham Sam Trett Jamie Doubleday Camilla Balfour & Cat Ward Yumi Page Elise Jackson Becky Hunter Lucy Bates
2009/10 Laura Hayward Sarah-Jane Bolt Chris Henning Rachel Falconer Stephen Maxwell & Charley Hannam Pete Forbes Sam Trett Hannah Sanders Lucy McGrath
2008/09 Joe Gray Cameron McKinnon Laura Hayward Rachel Falconer Rachel Holdsworth & Kerry Patterson Andrew Cruickshank James Pope Sam Trett Chris Henning
2007/08 Simon Messenger David Garden Sarah Gandon Joe Gray Niall Carter & Kerry Patterson Brittany Fayette James Pope Laura Hayward
2006/07 Edward Nicholas David Garden Edward Manning Clare Trythall Joe Gray & Patrick Thorburn Jordan Dias Simon Messenger Judith Findley
2005/06 James Williamson Edward Nicholas Ali Wilson Fraser McLachlan Nikki MacLeod & Clare Trythall Cat Charman Will Bailey Verity Morris


Edinburgh University is fortunate to have top class facilities.

The CSE Pleasance boasts a large sports hall, 4 glass backed squash courts, 2 hard backed squash courts, 2 weight training gyms, a free weights room, a circuit training gym, a combat salle, a rifle range, an archery range, a boxing gym, three multi purpose rooms and a top class fitness assessment and sports injuries clinic, FASIC.

In addition, the CSE runs the Peffermill Playing Fields and the Firbush Point Centre at Loch Tay in Perthshire. Peffermill is a 27-acre (110,000 m2) site close to the University with two floodlit synthetic pitches as well as grass Football, Rugby, Lacrosse, Shinty and Cricket pitches. Peffermill also hosts the national Hockey Academy.

Firbush is the Universities outdoor centre offering superb facilities and courses throughout the year in Sailing, Hillwalking, Mountaineering, Windsurfing, Canoeing and First Aid.

To find the facilities please use this map: [1]

CSE Pleasance[edit]

The main indoor facility which comprises:

  • superb gyms, including 100 station state of the art CV gym, 4 free weights gym, body circuit gym, 35 station nautilus gym, and much much more;
  • sports halls, 4 squash courts and a boxing base;
  • top class exercise classes (60+ to choose from every week), workshops, gym support and personal fitness advice;
  • pioneering FASIC - Sports Injuries Centre and leading sports bursary programmes;

Peffermill Playing Fields[edit]

The University of Edinburgh's Peffermill Playing Fields boasts some of the finest sports facilities in Scotland. Located only 4 km from the city centre and benefited recently from a £3.5m refurbishment to incorporate the National Hockey Academy, this magnificent 2.7 hectare site offers an array of training and competition facilities. Peffermill comprises two internationally accredited water based artificial pitches, with surrounding floodlighting and a synthetic training track. Three changing pavilions provide ample facilities to support over a dozen grass pitches for football, rugby, and lacrosse as well as cricket, tennis and golf provision. Generous on site parking is available for 160 cars and six coaches.

The facilities at Peffermill are open to all, from the casual user to the international athlete with users from a variety of sectors including the University community, local clubs, corporate organisations, schools and national governing bodies of sport.

In recent years the quality of Peffermill's facilities has hosted international hockey events including a World Cup Qualifying tournament, the Millennium Youth Games, British University Games, European Women's Cup Winners Cup, both Adidas and Coca Cola Festivals of Football; international student rugby matches, international softball and lacrosse festivals, numerous domestic school sports and Club and corporate competitions. In July 2007, Peffermill staged the 2007 European Under 18 Hockey Championships, yet again underlining its place as a world class hockey venue. In 2010, it will host the 2010 World Universities' Hockey Championships.

In addition to sporting events our Laurie Liddell Clubhouse has hosted meetings, seminars and courses in medicine, sport and business.

St Leonard's Land[edit]

Located on Holyrood Road, just 250 metres from the Pleasance, is the superb 25 metre six lane pool, which provides a great environment for all levels of swimming, from recreational to elite. The pool is also used for research, lifeguard training and water sports such as Water Polo, Canoe, Life Saving, Triathlon or Swimming.


EUSU has 63 different student-run Clubs. Below are links to each Club's own website, where club details and contact information is available.

Prospective students are provided with information on their choices. [2]


47 Edinburgh University sports teams compete in the BUCS [British Universities and Colleges Sport] and SSS [Scottish Student Sport] leagues. The BUCS leagues are regionalised through the first part of the year and then in February these become the Knock Out stages. Many other sports are involved in the annual BUCS Gatorade Nationals and BUCS Big Wednesday.


EUSU has a strong Intramural sports tradition with variety, competition and friendly social play all available.

Football (Men's and Women's), Basketball, Cricket (summer term), Hockey, Netball, Rugby and Squash are available, and fixtures are played weekly.


EUSU, along with the Centre for Sport and Exercise, is investing in the development of the University's sporting scene. New facilities are planned and under construction including a new Archery range, an expansion of the Pleasance Sports Centre and a 3G Astroturf pitch at Peffermill.

Full Member Clubs[edit]

Associate Member Clubs[edit]

  • Aikido Club
  • Gaelic Football Club
  • Gymnastics Club
  • Life Saving Club
  • Polo Club

Recognised Member Clubs[edit]

  • Angling Club
  • Rugby Fives Club
  • Modern Pentathlon Club

Links and Affiliations[edit]


  1. ^ "BUCSPoints - BUCScore". Retrieved 2014-03-24. 
  2. ^ "Staff | About Us Sports Union". Retrieved 12.9.2012.