Keep key sports facilities open during the weekend in summer

Joshua Hardon submitted on

Friday 21st June 2019


Please keep the climbing wall / SUSU sports facilities open on the weekends during summer! 


Here, you can view the complete set of official responses from the sabbatical officers regarding this submission.

Students' Union replied on

Friday 12th Jul 2019 4:56pm

Hi, Olivia here, I’m VP Sports for 2019/20. Thanks for putting in a You Make Change and your patience waiting for a reply. 

I understand your frustration around summer opening hours with regards to Sport and Wellbeing facilities.

Unfortunately any facilities within SUSU are subject to their opening hours, including those run by Sport & Wellbeing. As there are less students on campus it isn’t financial viable for SUSU to keep its buildings and facilities open over the summer during its regular term time hours. I have approached S&W about costs and this is taken into account of membership price.

SUSU are exploring opening SUSU spaces for longer over the summer. Recently we have been trialing keeping the SUSU café open longer during the summer but there has been very low uptake on this and it has not been sustainable for SUSU to continue.

I have explored if there was any possibility of us keeping level one, with the climbing wall and squash courts, open longer after the rest of the building was shut. However, for safety reasons this is not possible as the site is supervised by SUSU staff not Sport & Wellbeing.

I’m really sorry I couldn’t help more on this occasion, I hope that helps and thanks again for writing in.

Students' Union replied on

Tuesday 25th Jun 2019 10:10am

Hi there,

Thank you for your You Make Change submission.

We are currently in the process of our handover to our new Sabbatical team for 2018/19 and therefore a reply will take slightly longer. This You Make change will be handed over to our new Vice President Sports when she officially starts in the role on Monday 1st July and a reply should follow shortly after.

Thank you very much again for your submission and for your patience at this time.

Kind regards,

Emily Harrison


  • Forwarded to Vice President Sports

    Friday 21st Jun 2019 1:18pm


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Alexander Hine commented on

Monday 26th Aug 2019 10:07pm

Is there really no way to keep the squash courts open longer? Aren't SUSU staff first aid trained?

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