The Union of UEA students have been in discussion with the University of East Anglia regarding the handover of partial financial control of UEAs sports clubs to the university. This is despite the fact the notion was previously rejected at a Union Council meeting in January.
During the council meeting on the 21st January, it was “reaffirmed that the Union rule[d] out any moving control of sport to the University.” Yet, less than six months later an anonymous source told Concrete that there is going to be an increased partnership between the University and the Union.
The democratic side as well as committee training will remain constitutionally within the Union however, the financial side, with regards to the support / fixtures budget, will be moved to the University. The grants will work on a partnership basis.
It has been suggested that should this happen, many of the smaller sports clubs will suffer, particularly those who require more expensive equipment. Individual sports clubs have not been informed of these discussions by the Union, and seem unaware that changes may be on the way.
Concrete believes Joe Zilch will oversee the new partnership. In his Manifesto, he pledged to increase more partnership between the University and the Union with regards to sports clubs.
Joe Zilch said, “This is a great agreement between UEA and the SU that does three things- it ensures student sport stays in student hands, it improves the coordination of support for clubs by combining our efforts at the SportsPark, and improves the funding available to the SU to support our growing range of societies and things like the advice centre. We’ve delivered on the mandate set by student at Union Council and the result is that both student sport and the wider student opportunities offer at UEA will get a boost”
The decision will be confirmed on Monday.