Olivia Reed

Candidate for Vice President Sports

  • Increase participation in sports
  • Help with societies with club management
  • Increasing publicity of Team Southampton
  • Lobby for expansion of sport funding and facilities
  • Focus on welfare within sport

Why vote for me?

Vote Olivia Reed Number 1 #4spORt

Hi, my name’s Olivia. I’m a third year politics student and have been involved in sport at Southampton as a club captain/president, member of the Athletics Union Committee and Sports Participation Committee.

As VP Sports I would like to focus of providing an excellent environment for casual and competitive sport users. I would also seek to address the main barriers to sports participation; notably finance, intimidation and recruitment.


  1. Aiming to increase participation in sports, focusing on encouraging students to engage and try out new sports
    1. Introduce a ‘Sport’s Club of the Week’ initiative andGive it a Go’ campaign to help clubs with recruitment, publicity and opportunity awareness.
    2. Run a ‘Disability Awareness’ campaign and to highlight sporting opportunities for people with disabilities, including invisible disabilities.
    3. Create a Review system for members to rate and recommend societies, allowing society members to help drive recruitment.
    4. Increase the excitement around sport in preparation for the 2020 Olympics and other national and international events.
  1. Help with societies on club management including finances, membership, grant applications and admin.
    1. Making more information available around club management and having specific training for committee members.
    2. Ensure clubs are aware of who to contact and turn to for any questions or concerns.
  1. Increasing publicity of Team Southampton success' and upcoming fixtures to share clubs achievements and events
    1. Have a Sports eNewsletter to share upcoming sporting news and events as well as Team Southampton achievements.
    2. Increase publicity of upcoming events for people to be able to support home games and competitions.
  1. Lobby for expansion of sport funding and facilities, and support the initiation of the current sports strategy to the university
    1. Try to unify the communication and working between SUSU and Sport and Wellbeing.
    2. Continue to review and explore storage options available to clubs and societies.
  1. Focus on welfare within sport, and the welfare benefits provided through sport
    1. Continue to support welfare training for sports representatives and continue to support decreasing initiations and hazing.
    2. Lead a focused Sport & Mental Health campaign
      1. Free sport sessions during exam periods to help alleviate stress
      2. Campaign for Mental Health awareness and the positive role sport has to offer.
  1. Improving social and casual exercise availability
    1. Work with intermural committee to support the IM sports leagues specifically in publicity and costs.
    2. Lobby for more summer sports availability, particularly to support international and postgraduate students
    3. Try to alleviate feelings of intimidation from sport through support initiatives such as an online ‘gym buddies’ platform.
    4. Look at developing a free sports programme at the university including free classes, activities and facilities such as a green gym.

Thanks for taking the time to read my manifesto. If you have any questions feel free to drop me a message or check out my Facebook page at www.fb.com/VoteOliviaReed

Vote Olivia Reed Number 1 from the 6th to 8th of March!

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Where do you propose to find more storage space for sports clubs and how would this be funded?

Hi, Great question. I know kit storage is a big issue for some clubs. This year there was a review of club storage. I'd like to continue this so the union can see what storage clubs currently hold and what more is needed. This might include adjustment of current storage allocations or looking at new places where kit can be housed. For example, this may include new lockers in SUSU or using current unfilled cupboards in areas such as in the activities room. I hope that answers your question. Feel free to contact me at www.fb.com/voteOliviaReed , or of course on here. :)

This question was also only asked to OliviaAnswered by Olivia on 21/02/19 10:41

What are your thoughts on lad culture and other negative behaviours in sports clubs? How would you go about tackling these issues?

Hi :) So, I'm very much in favour of people having fun in sport, particularly with team mates. However, I am strongly against any activity or behaviour that is exclusionary or intimidating to others. 'Lad culture' is often defined as heavy alcohol consumption, and sexist, misogynist and homophobic ‘banter’. This kind of behaviour isn't acceptable and is not what I'd hope to see from our sports societies. Micro-managing over 100 clubs on their practise, isn't possible - but I'd have an open door policy where members could come and speak to me if they ever felt uncomfortable by the actions of others. I's also tackle it by continuing the welfare training introduced this year to help societies understand what behaviour is unacceptable, especially in relation to hazing and initiations and mental wellbeing. This is something I'm really passionate about and would love to collaborate with the next VP Welfare on too. I hope that answers your question. Feel free to contact me at www.fb.com/voteOliviaReed , or of course on here. :)

This question was also only asked to OliviaAnswered by Olivia on 21/02/19 10:52

How do you plan to get more women into sports?

Hi :) Getting women involved in sport is a key part of my participation aim. This year I sat on the SUSU Sports Participation Committee and helped run Women In Sport Week. This event saw lots of clubs running free taster sessions, redbrick demonstrations & events, GB guest speaker, ect. Team Southampton SUSU athletes were also highlighted and their stories shared through SUSU social media. I'd love for this week to grow further and would work with next year's committee to increase publicity as well as working with external groups to push involvement. Aside from a campaign week I'd also push for more free taster sessions across the year so that people can try sports out across the year, not just in freshers week. I'd help clubs with publicity to attract new members and run initiatives such as 'club of the week' to highlight specific societies. I'd also be looking to introduce more low-cost sport opportunities including free options for participation. I hope that answers your question. Feel free to contact me at www.fb.com/voteOliviaReed , or ask another question on here.

This question was also only asked to OliviaAnswered by Olivia on 26/02/19 12:35

I have a dream that one day, the university facilities will not have awful horrible scratchy thin toilet paper. I have already submitted a YouMakeChange petition about this and nothing happened. This is the most pressing issue to me as a voter so I want to know what you will do to make my dream a reality and improve the toilet paper on campus (especially in the library please). My vote depends on this.

Hi :) Are you referring to YouMakeChange petition- https://www.susu.org/you-make-change/1040 ? It looks like Sam Dedman replied and it's being looked into- "Halls of Residences are trialling a different toilet paper at the moment and they will be meeting in the next few weeks to get some feedback and see if it is something we can adopt on other sites." I'm glad you submitted a YouMakeChange suggestion it's a great way of using your student voice. I can promise as VP Sport to take any student suggestions seriously and will always do my best to make any positive realistic ideas a reality.

This question was also only asked to OliviaAnswered by Olivia on 26/02/19 12:43

I think the compulsory introduction of welfare officers on committee's for all sport societies is a really important introduction and the training their are provided with to support society members is really valuable. However, a lot of this emphasis has been on supporting members of the society, what would you do to increase the support of committee members that give up a lot of their time and put a lot of effort into running the society whilst trying to juggle their degree and continue to participate in the sport? Having been on the committee of a society for the past 2 years I haven't felt that there has been very much support or guidance and was very much thrown in the deep end.

Hi, Excellent feedback and question. I completely agree with you. Having sat on three SUSU society committee's I've also felt thrown in the deep end at times. And although I've learnt a lot from doing them, it would have been nice to know some things at the start. As VP Sports I'm keen to introduce training for Committee members on their roles. This would aim to give individuals the skills to help them personally in the role and hopefully help societies in the long term. In real terms I'd like this to be designated sessions at the start of the year which committee officers would be invited to, with resources, information also available. I think general workshop's on time management and highlighting support available would also be really helpful. Supporting committee members is really important, as it's our fantastic clubs and societies that make SUSU so special. I'd love to work with other VP's on this, but this is something I'm particularly keen to push for Sport's clubs, who are often handling huge budgets and logistics. Hope that helps, If you have any other questions, don't hesitate to ask. :)

This question was also only asked to OliviaAnswered by Olivia on 27/02/19 12:47

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