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Social & Recreational Sport - BUCS Strategy 2017-21

This area looks to support institutions with the engagement and regular participation of students and staff members in social and recreational sport programmes. Within this, opportunities will be provided for institutions to develop the workforce and infrastructure around social sport, whilst assisting members with the development of a wide range of high quality opportunities and programmes for the university community. The impact of involvement in sport at any level will be a key consideration, notably around achieving wider university objectives and the contribution to student experience, health and mental wellbeing.

Mission: To engage with students and staff across the HE sector to highlight the value that participating and volunteering in social & recreational sport can play in enhancing their university experience. 

There are three vision aims within this strand which can be found below. Each vision has a number of aims and objectives that will enhance the social & recreational sport offer within the HE sector. 

Vision Aim 1: Participation - To engage students and staff to take up and regularly participate in recreational sporting activity.

Vision Aim 2: Experience - To provide a wide range of high quality opportunities and experiences for participants and deliverers within social and recreational sport activities. 

Vision Aim 3: Wellbeing - To contribute to wider well-being of the university community and improving student experience.

For the full breakdown of the strategic aims and objectives of the Social & Recreational Sport stranddownload the BUCS Strategy Overview document.

Social & Recreational Sport Steering Group


In support of continually engaging with BUCS members and to enable development of opportunities for  students in Social & Recreational Sport, a Steering group has been created to drive the implementation of this strand.  The group currently consists of the following members:


Paul Carney - Canterbury Christ Church University (Co Chair)

James Kilden - University of East London 

Darren Waldron - Manchester Met University

James Marenghi - University of Manchester

Aidan Ainsley - Canterbury Christ Church University

Hayley Rowley - Falmouth & Exeter Students’ Union


Student Representative

Daniel Bocharnikov - Edge Hill University


BUCS Staff Representatives


Amy Seaman - Development Manager

Danni Shields - Regional Development Officer 


Next Meeting Date: Friday 22 March


Find out More


A Physical Activity, Health & Social Sport portal has been created on the BUCS website to host information and key projects taking place across the Physical Activity & Health and Social & Recreational Sport strands of the strategy. 




If you have any questions on the above information or specific questions around this area of the strategy, please do not hesitate to get in contact with the following: 


BUCS Members:
Phil Steele
(Co-Chair and Director of Sport at the University of East Anglia)

Paul Carney (Co-Chair and Director of Sport at Canterbury Christchurch University)

BUCS Staff: Amy Seaman  (BUCS Development Manager)


Last updated: 13 June 2018

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