Our clubs and societies are all student-led and we completely respect the decisions made by our amazing committee members about how they want to run their groups this year in the face of everything. This means that there isn't one way that our clubs & socs are running this term - some activities will be online, some might be postponing until restrictions are lifted and some might be trialling new things! It's best to reach out to any groups that you are interested in over their social media (links on their webpages) to find out what they're up to.
We've put measures in place to ensure that all our activities adhere to government guidelines and safety guidance. Your safety is our first priority and no activities will take place that we haven't planned and risk assessed.
Our Road Map
We're following the government's road map out of lockdown to inform what activities we can run and when. Here's what we're currently able to offer and what we're planning, though do bear in mind we will have to follow government restrictions that are subject to change. Updates will be detailed here if and when they happen.
29th March 2021 (Step 1)
Outdoor (non-contact) sports can return.
To attend sessions, you'll need to ensure you've booked on in advance (booking links can be found on club pages).
- Football Club will be training from 30th March on Tuesdays 5-6pm on the SportBU Astros. Check their Facebook page for up-to-date info.
- Netball Club will be training from 12th April on Mondays, 6-8pm at Sir David English. Check their Facebook page for up-to-date info.
- Volleyball Club will also be resuming training from mid-April - more details coming soon!
- Some of our other clubs are exploring the possibility of outdoor training and we will update any sessions here once confirmed.
We ask that you read this guidance before attending an outdoor sports session.
Groups of up to 6 students (or 2 households only) can meet socially outdoors. Any club or society is welcome to do this, providing they adhere to our outdoor meeting risk assessment measures. Check in with your favourite clubs and socs to see if they have any plans to meet up in-person.
We are still running some online sports sessions, including:
No earlier than 12th April 2021 (Step 2)
Indoor individual sport is now permitted. However, this doesn't cover group excersise sessions. For us, Step 3 doesn't have a big impact on our activities.
No earlier than 117th May 2021 (Step 3)
Outdoor (non-contact) sports are still running as usual (see step 1)
We can now run organised indoor sport and will organise sessions to meet demand. Please let your favourite clubs know that you'd be up for attending sessions so they know whether to organise some for you. We'll be checking in with you to see what uptake there might be for our Give it a Go sessions and depending on demand may resume yoga, boxing, fencing or other sessions.
Groups of 30 (max) can meet outdoors. Any club or society is welcome to do this, providing they adhere to our outdoor meeting risk assessment measures. Check in with your favourite clubs and socs to see if they have any plans to meet up in-person.
Groups of up to 6 students (or 2 households only) can meet socially indoors. Any club or society is welcome to do this, providing they adhere to our outdoor meeting risk assessment measures. We'll be liaising with AUB to see what rooms on campus might be available for use. Check in with your favourite clubs and socs to see if they have any plans to meet up in-person.
We may still run some online sports sessions (see step 1) depending on uptake.
What's happening with Clubs, Societies and Networks?
It's been a weird year for our club and society committees and Term 3 is always very busy with deadlines. Activities will therefore vary group to group. It's best to check in with them directly to see if they're currently active and what they're up to: aubsu.co.uk/clubsandsocs
Do I still need to buy memberships?
You can still purchase memberships to most active clubs and socs. Please do this, as this will help societies run and also give committee memberships your contact info so they can send updates about their activities. Most of our societies are free or a couple of quid for the year so don't worry if your budget is tight! We've also reduced prices, implemented pay per session policies or made some clubs/socs completely free this year, as we really didn't want you to waste any money due to the uncertainty of activities.
All memberships can be bought via soc pages: aubsu.co.uk/clubsandsocs – make sure you’re logged in to see the membership links.
I'm late to the game - can I still get involved?
Yes - of course! You can join clubs and socs anytime and they're always keen to get new members. We recommend checking out what clubs & socs we have and joining the facebook groups/Instagrams of any that you're interested in (links on their society pages). That way you can keep up to date with their plans directly.
The community and social interactions that these groups provide is essential to wellbeing and can help you to feel connected. We're strongly encouraging all groups to stay active where possible.
What's going on with Give it a Go?
Give it a Go is our flexible sports programme, containing sessions like boxing, yoga and badminton. Check our Give it a Go page for updated session times and links to online sessions.
All our Give it a Go activities will follow the roadmap plan set out above. Online sessions are free and in-person sessions are usually only £2 (pay online). That's a bargain!
We also run special discounted sessions for SUPing (Stand Up Paddleboarding) over summer, which is running from 29th March. More info here!