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The Sports Network committee is made up of current students who are elected into their roles as the highest level of student representation we, as students, have in place within sport at Bristol Uni. From this position we can prioritise what students actually want from sport at the uni, whether that’s playing in a competitive BUCS league or a social intramural league on Sundays. Ignition is our main event of the year where we gather sports teams from across the uni to participate in 10 hours of activity (anything from skipping to swimming to shooting hoops!) to raise money for Bristol City Centre Hospitals. This year wellbeing is at the forefront of our agenda so make sure you follow our Instagram (sportsnetworkbristol) to keep up with what we have in store!


Our 2020/21 Chair is Jenny Herring:

Hi everyone, I’m Jenny and I’m the Sports Network Chair for the 2020/21 season. My sports are rugby and water polo, though given the chance I’ll try and play just about anything! 


As Chair for a typical year my role would include running the sports network committee, sitting on grant panels and affiliation boards, attending student council and coordinating our main charity event of the year which is Ignition. However, this year’s been slightly different… completely unlike other years for obvious reasons! Over the summer I had the chance to join weekly meetings with Rushab and the SEH/SU partnership team, making sure the interests of the students were represented while we developed our plans for the coming season; and throughout I have been working behind the scenes to make sure our sporting community is working cohesively to look after each other’s wellbeing in these difficult circumstances.


Each October, a new Sports Network committee is elected. These student representatives put themselves up for election for an accredited role on our official SU Network committee, representing the interests of the 10,000 students that play sport across the uni, and have the resources to influence the decisions that matter to you and your clubs. 


Typically, a committee member can expect to spend 1-2 hours on the Sports Network per week, less during quieter periods (e.g. exams) and a little more towards big events such as Ignition (depending on the role). However, as students we know sometimes there just isn’t enough time to get everything ticked off that to-do list so by working as part of a committee we’ll be there to help out when needed.


The roles on our committee are:

  • Liberation Officer 
    • Coordinate with the liberation networks and wider student community to ensure that their views are adequately represented, understanding barriers to sport and address these accordingly
    • Bring forward new initiatives/collaborations to further ensure that members of these communities feel sport is accessible for them
  • Wellbeing Officer
    • Engage with sports clubs and campaigns to promote the importance of understanding mental and physical wellbeing within sport
    • Collaborate with all levels of student athletes from participatory to elite level and their wellbeing concerns/queries and bring these to the front of the network's agenda
    • NEW FOR 2020/21 – This year the network is focussing particularly on the role sport and being active have in our wellbeing!
  • Access Officer
    • Represents students who would like to get involved in sport at university at the participatory level, for example by engaging with intramural team captains
    • Work with students who would like to be further involved in sport but are unable to currently due to barriers
  • Events Officer
    • Be the committee lead on the planning and running of events in the network (main event of the year is Ignition)
    • Coordinating with the SU Marketing team to publicise events run by the network

All roles are overseen by the Chair of the network, who's job it is to ensure that all the roles and responsibilities of the network are being fulfilled; whilst working with the full time Student Sport and Development Officer, staff at SEH (Sport, Exercise and Health) and the SU, and sports clubs captains and their members to help provide the best possible offer for all Bristol University students. The Chair also attends Standing Committee, Student Council, Grants and Affiliations panels and weekly meetings with the SU-SEH partnership team to help shape the opportunities on offer to students. 


Your Sports Network Committee for 2020/21 are:


Chair: Jenny Herring

Liberation Officer: Ridima Kapoor

Wellbeing Officer: Lucy Matthews

Access Officer: Fan Wu

Events Officer: Athina Dimitrakopoulou


Nominations for committee positions are now closed for the 2020/21 academic year, so head over to our Instagram (sportsnetworkbristol) to keep up with what this year's committee are up to!! Any questions please don’t hesitate to contact Jenny  (



Step-by-step guide to nominate yourself: *Please note nominations for next year's Chair are now open until 25/02!*


  • Log in to your account on the Bristol SU website
  • Click the drop down menu next to the ‘Hello, [your name]’
  • Click on ‘Account/Profile’
  • Then from the grey menu on the left hand side click ‘My Nominations’
  • Scroll down to find the roles you’re looking for! 


A visual guide can be found on the 'Elections' highligh reel on our Instagram (sportsnetworkbristol) but if you get stuck please don't hesitate to get in touch.

Terms and conditions

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Membership Fee Inclusions


Prior to signing up to a Club or Society speak to the Committee to find out what your membership includes and if there are any further expenses throughout the year.


Service Standards


All Club or Society members can expect to receive:


  • The opportunity to attend regular meetings, events, activities, trips and socials as arranged.
  • The opportunity to stand for a committee position or vote in their elections (Bristol students only).
  • For Sports Club – to attend regular training sessions and have the opportunity to be selected for the teams.


Code of Conduct


When joining a club or society you are agreeing to abide by the constitution, general rules, regulations and policies of University of Bristol Students’ Union and also the Club or Society Code of Conduct which sets out the level of behaviour & discipline expected of all Club & Society members.


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Refund Policy


Any customer who pays for a membership subscription to a Bristol SU Society, Sports Club, Student Media and initiatives has a 14 day cooling off period from the time and date of purchase during which they have the right to cancel the subscription and receive a full refund. If you do decide to cancel within the 14 days, Bristol SU will refund your payment within a further 30 days of the cancellation.  To request a refund please email:


Data sharing (Sports Club members only)


Please be aware that Bristol SU may share data relating to the members of its sports clubs with the Centre for Sport, Exercise and Health (a department of the University).  This information may be used for the purposes of communicating direct with these members and/or to cross-reference against SEH's Sports Pass membership records.


As part of Bristol SU's membership of British Universities & Colleges Sports (BUCS) Bristol SU may have to share data on to its sports clubs members so BUCS can, from time to time, communicate with these members. 


Data sharing (Societies members only)


If you're joining one of the societies listed below please be aware that your name and email address will be shared with Bristol Hub for the purpose of keeping you up to date with their activities through their email “The Week”:

AIESEC Bristol, AMICUS Bristol, Anti-Slavery Society, Bristol Feminists, Bristol Friends of MSF, Bristol Marrow, Bristol Social Enterprise Society, Bristol Student Action for Refugees, Bristol University Amnesty International, Conservation Group, Bristol University Oxfam Group, Bristol University Sustainability Team, Bristol Volunteers for Development Abroad, Engineers Without Borders, Howard League for Penal Reform Student Society, International Affairs Society, Medsin Bristol, Model United Nations, and Vegetarian and Vegan Society.


For more information on Bristol Hub visit:


If you do not want your details shared with the Hub please email:

These terms shall be governed by English law and are subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English Courts. Nothing in these terms shall exclude liability for fraudulent misrepresentation.