Becks Coade

James Cole

Chris Murray

Alexander Rooney

Iveta Tsoneva

Becks Coade

Hello, my name is Becks and currently I am Women's Football Vice President and a SimmsActive Coordinator for No Ordinary Sport. 

I believe I am an ideal candidate for Sport President as this year I have actively been involved in Student Sport, sitting on the Women's Football committe has enhanced my understanding on promoting and developing Student Sport across the university through the relationship of the Student Union and Sport St Mary's. Additionally, I have worked alongside Sport St Mary's through the SimmsActive Programme to plan events such as Halls Stars and the upcoming SimmieGirlsCan, from which I have gained valuable leadership and organisation skills. 

As an individual I feel I am very driven and approachable, making myself very open to new ideas and possibilities. I believe the voices of sports clubs should be collaborated to support the on-going development of Student Sport. 

If I was to be elected I would: 

1. Provide more effective finance for clubs, this would include monthly updates and viewing of club accounts to enable more efficient spending and budgeting within a club. 

2. Adapt criteria to make accreditation schemes more achievable for all performance, focus and development clubs.  

3. Create more recreational sport opportunities on campus to promote healthy lifestyle activities and campaigns. 

4. Allow more opportunities for fan buses, upon application from club presidents. 

Thank you for taking your time to read my manifesto, please feel free to contact me via email ( if you have any questions. 

James Cole

  1. Create a strategic plan to lower overall SMSU club costs, in order to maximise the percentage of membership fees that clubs receive. For example, by ensuring a better/more appropriate organisation of travel, or creating a ‘courses for referees/umpires’ scheme.
  2. Assist clubs in achieving sponsorship deals by organising marketability workshops and offering on call club development meetings.
  3. Oversee the re-development/improvement of playing facilities at Ted Lock according to demand; for example, the levelling of playing fields or improvement of facilities. This will be achieved using the SMSU’s budget for clubs and societies, in excess £30,000, and by liaising with NGBs.
  4. Create an online platform to track students that are interest in club membership and those who have paid membership fees, which will be accessible to all committee members. All new and returning students will be asked complete a short questionnaire during ‘Welcome Freshers’ fortnight to track which clubs they are interested in joining, to assist the Freshers’ Fair sign up process, and prevent any missed opportunities. The same platform could also be used to track those who have paid their membership fees.
  5. Promotion of recreational events during ‘Welcome Freshers’, i.e. hall stars and SIMMSactive events, involving the collaboration with clubs to organise and deliver these events. This will not only help clubs to achieve club accreditation status, but also provide possible recruitment opportunities.

Chris Murray


My name is Chris Murray, I am a final year student studying Physical and Sport education. I am running for sports president because I am hardworking, passionate and resilient. I have investigated 3 key areas that will drive sport at St Mary’s to the next level! I have been on the Volleyball committee for the last two years which has allowed me to progress my understanding the systems the club need to run and what works and what needs a looking into. I have also been sports chair working alongside Aly within the last year and have implanted the new coverage of SIMMS TV which has had some success of the view into how a BUCS Wednesday looks.

Communication and Marketing

  • More coverage of BUCS sports and activities though SIMMS TV 
  • Team of the week (Voted by Liam and Sports president or twitter voting)
  • Committee of the month (based on written criteria)
  • All clubs to have a twitter account that is updated weekly (mainly on BUCS Wednesdays) 

Club development

  • Sports nutrition and complete wellness programs for athletes
  •  Working with clubs to get outside connections with external clubs to gain training slots and work on development.
  • Revamping the SU page for each sports team cater to how they want it
  • Getting involved in worldwide campaigns / SU campaigns

Sporting development

  • Bringing the students are more wide range of sporting activities/ events outside BUCS/LUSL   
  • Monthly workshop with possible guest speaker for certain workshops.
  • Organize a pre-varsity with local or UK universities.   

Alexander Rooney

As a student athlete and committee member, I have seen it all, BUCS promotion and relegation, cup runs and losses, but most importantly, I've seen the benefit that the support of the student union and the university can make to sport here at St Mary's.

I want to help you get the most from your time here as a team member of the blue and white army. I want to hear your ideas and put them into action to support you in becoming the best athlete, and best teams you can be, by making sure there is increased assistance for your clubs development, ensuring you feel you belong to your club and this university. 

I plan on consolidating upon the strong work of the recent predecessors and striving forward to cover all manner of issues from; accreditation support, membership fees, funding, training resources, coach development, transparency of decisions, and wider recruitment.

To do this, I have three manifesto points: 

  • Restructuring accreditation: To help rewards clubs for less work with increasing rewards for increased achievement
  • Belonging: Increase the pride of being a Simmie, through small details like match day photographers and continuation of fan buses
  • Honesty: Let you know: what is going and why things happen, and I want you to have a say

All in all, I want to give back as much as possible because of how much I have loved representing St Mary's on the pitch. 

Iveta Tsoneva

Since I was a child, I have had a huge interest in sports. Being active and working in a team are what I have always wanted. There is something I feel strongly about. I started doing athletics when I was in 2nd grade. I continued practicing different sports. At the age of 18 I already know I should further my education in the field of Sports, Fitness and Coaching Science. Sport can be played as part of a team and working alongside my team mates which was an incredible opportunity for me to learn the value of trusting your colleagues, accomplishing success and facing losses together. Participating in many competitions was my favourite part of working with many people. Additionally, I represented my school playing basketball and volleyball competitively against others.I learnt a lot about discipline and how to keep going even though you do not have the powers to. Hard work, motivation and time management are also some of the skills I gained whilst doing athletics. Furthermore, I believe that sport can provide me with better opportunities in the future. I think that the position as a Sport President at the university will really help my dream to become true. I would be able to understand deeper how I could develop myself into the sport industry. Also it will be fun meeting with different people and sharing ideas and experiences in a way to increase the number of students who participate sports and show our passion about it.

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