Edinburgh University Sports Union

Edinburgh University Sports Union

Infobox Students Union
name = Edinburgh University Sports Union

motto =
established = 1866
institution = University of Edinburgh
president = Joe Gray
secretary = Irene McTernan
location = Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
members = c. 23,000 total
affiliated = British Universities and Colleges Sport, Scottish Universities Sport
free =
homepage = http://www.eusu.ed.ac.uk

Edinburgh University Sports Union (E.U.S.U.) is the representative body of the 55 Full and 10 Associate Member Sports Clubs and its Members. Its Members are defined as:

(1) matriculated students of the University,

(2) non-matriculated students enrolled for one or more classes at the University.

(3) Edinburgh University Graduates (and spouses), Edinburgh University staff (and spouses) and spouses of those persons included in paragraph 3.1(1) and (2).

(4) others who have paid the University User charges for the current academic year and had their request for membership approved by the Executive Committee of E.U.S.U.

The University of Edinburgh was ranked 5th in the British Universities' Sports Association rankings in 2007/08, 4th in 2006/07 and 5th in 2005/06.


Edinburgh University Sports Union is run by an elected Executive Committee comprising 9 students, the Director of the CSE and 2 Senior Advisers. It is chaired by an elected Sabbatical President. The elections for the Executive Committee are held at the AGM which is held in the third or exam semester of the University year.

The Executive Committee is also supported by a permanent staff which is composed of a Senior Treasurer, a Bookkeeper, a Secretary and, appointed in September 2007, a Sport Development Officer.

Finally, there is an Honorary President and 10 Honorary Vice Presidents.

EUSU is guided by a constitution, a copy of which can be found here: [http://www.eusu.ed.ac.uk/content/constitution]

tructure of EUSU


The Annual General Meeting of Edinburgh University Sports Union must be attended by 2 members of each member club and any other members who wish to attend. It is held in the last semester of the university year. At this AGM as well as reports from the President, Hon. Treasurer and Vice President the election of the Executive Committee is held.

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee is the body that runs the Sports Union. Chaired by a Sabbatical President with 8 other student members filling the roles of Hon. Treasurer, Vice President, Vice President Intramural, Hon. Secretary, Publicity Officer, Sponsorship Officer, and 2 Intramural Co-ordinators. Each of these roles is responsible for ensuring different parts of the EUSU runs correctly.

General Committee

Attended by at least one member of each Sports Union Member Club - 1 vote per Club and per Exec. Member Meets several times per semester. This Committee meets to ratify Policy and Finance decisions and to act as a medium through which information can pass to the Clubs from the Sports Union and vice versa. This Committee can act as a Court of Appeal for those Clubs disputing finance and policy decisions.

At the first general meeting of the year positions are elected on 2 of the 3 sub committees of EUSU, the Finance Committee and the Publicity Committee. At the 2nd meeting positions on the Blues and Colours Committee are elected.

Finance Committee

Chaired by the Hon. Treasurer. Eight Ordinary Members, President, VPIM, Hon. Secretary plus the Senior Treasurer and a representative from the CSE inattendance. Approves the Sports Union budget and administers allSports Union funds (e.g. Representation, BUSA Reserve, Equipment etc)

Publicity & Marketing Committee

Chaired by the Publicity Officer. Flexible composition. Meets to discuss and implement the effective Publicity and Marketing of the Sports Union.

Blues and Colours Committee

Chaired by the President. Three Ordinary Members, Hon. Secretary, Vice President, Director of the CSE, three graduate Members. Meets to discuss and approve or otherwise applications for Blues, Half Blues and Colours.

Intra-Mural Sports Association

Chaired by the VPIM. President, Hon. Secretary, Two Intra-Mural Co-ordinators, plus Director of the CSE in attendance. For all matters pertaining to Intra-Mural Sport.

Officer Bearers

Executive Committee

Permanent Staff


Edinburgh University is fortunate to have top class facilities.

The CSE Pleasance boasts a large sports hall, 4 glass backed squash courts, 2 hard backed squash courts, 2 weight training gyms, a free weights room, a circuit training gym, a combat salle, a rifle range, an archery range, a boxing gym, three multi purpose rooms and a top class fitness assessment and sports injuries clinic, FASIC.

In addition, the CSE runs the Peffermill Playing Fields and the Firbush Point Centre at Loch Tay in Perthshire. Peffermill is a 27 acre site close to the University with two floodlit synthetic pitches as well as grass Football, Rugby, Lacrosse, Shinty and Cricket pitches. Peffermill also hosts the national Hockey Academy.

Firbush is the Universities outdoor centre offering superb facilities and courses throughout the year in Sailing, Hillwalking, Mountaineering, Windsurfing, Canoeing and First Aid.

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CSE Pleasance

The main indoor facility which comprises:

* superb gyms, including 100 station state of the art CV gym, 4 free weights gym, body circuit gym, 35 station nautilus gym, and much much more;
* fantastic sports halls, 4 squash courts and a boxing base;
* top class exercise classes (60+ to choose from every week), workshops, gym support and personal fitness advice;
* pioneering FASIC - Sports Injuries Centre and leading sports bursary programmes;

Peffermill Playing Fields

The University of Edinburgh's Peffermill Playing Fields boasts some of the finest sports facilities in Scotland. Located only 4km from the city centre and benefited recently from a £3.5m refurbishment to incorporate the National Hockey Academy, this magnificent 2.7 hectare site offers a hugely impressive array of training and competition facilities for everyone to enjoy. Peffermill comprises two internationally accredited water based artificial pitches, with surrounding floodlighting and a synthetic training track. Three changing pavilions provide ample facilities to support over a dozen grass pitches for football, rugby, and lacrosse as well as cricket, tennis and golf provision. Generous on site parking is available for 160 cars and six coaches.

The facilities at Peffermill are open to all, from the casual user to the international athlete with users from a variety of sectors including the University community, local clubs, corporate organisations, schools and national governing bodies of sport.

In recent years the quality of Peffermill's facilities has hosted international hockey events including a World Cup Qualifying tournament, the Millennium Youth Games, British University Games, European Women's Cup Winners Cup, both Adidas and Coca Cola Festivals of Football; international student rugby matches, international softball and lacrosse festivals, numerous domestic school sports and Club and corporate competitions. In July 2007, Peffermill staged the 2007 European Under 18 Hockey Championships, yet again underlining its place as a world class hockey venue. In 2010, it will host the 2010 World Universities' Hockey Championships.

In addition to sporting events our Laurie Liddell Clubhouse has hosted meetings, seminars and courses in medicine, sport and business.

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Located on Holyrood Road, just 250 metres from the Pleasance, is the superb 25 metre six lane pool, which provides a great environment for all levels of swimming, from recreational to elite. The pool is also used for research, lifeguard training and water sports such as Water Polo, Canoe, Life Saving, Triathlon or Swimming.


EUSU has the broadest imaginable array of sports, with 65 different Clubs, all run for students, by students.

Below are links to each Club's own website, where you'll be able to find all the Club's details - activities, training times and locations, as well as contact details for the Club's Officials if you have a question or would like to become a member.

If you can't spot what you're looking for, or want to start up a new club, don't hesitate to contact the Sports Union Office, and we'll provide you with all the details you need.

Prospective Students

EUSU recognises that sport is increasingly a vital part of the university experience for people and that having information on clubs is vital for making that choice to ensure you have the best possible time at university. So the Prospective Students section of the website was created at: [http://www.eusu.ed.ac.uk/st/content/prospective/]


Edinburgh University sports teams compete in the BUSA [British Universities Sports Association] leagues. These leagues are regionalised through the first part of the year and then in February these become the Knock Out stages. The tables available for our league teams can be found here: [http://www.eusu.ed.ac.uk/st/content/Leagues]


EUSU has a strong Intramural sports tradition with variety, competition and friendly social play all available.

If you like sport but don't reckon you're the new Pelé or Flintoff; if you like sport but don't reckon you could run a marathon; if you like sport but hate being bossed about by your coach, then join up for Intra Mural sport this year.

Everyone's heard the old adage "it's not the winning, it's the taking part that counts" - and nothing could more perfectly summarise the Intra-Mural sports programme.

Sport at Edinburgh isn't just about winning - it's also about students enjoying sport in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. Already the biggest in Scotland - the EUSU Intra-Mural programme is constantly growing in size and variety; a testament to its success. So dig out those trainers, polish your banter, find a good team name (recent gems include "Yer Maw", "FC Beercelona", "Arthur's Feet" and so on) and get involved! If your ego can take losing a football match by more than ten goals (trust the writer - this is sadly possible), your stamina can take getting up at 7am on Sunday to cross Edinburgh (this doesn't happen very often - honest!), your guts can take the post match celebrations and most importantly you enjoy having fun, then this programme is for you!

Football (Men's and Women's), Basketball, Cricket (summer term), Hockey, Netball, Rugby and Squash are all up for grabs, and fixtures are played weekly. Although it's all about having fun and participating , there are league tables (and bragging rights) at stake, so be sure to avoid mid table mediocrity or relegation dogfights! Get stuck in with a bunch of mates, but be quick, the leagues are very quickly fully subscribed. Registration forms are available at the Sports Union office.

All [http://www.eusu.ed.ac.uk/st/content/intratables] .


EUSU, along with the Centre for Sport and Exercise, is investing in the development of the University's sporting scene. New facilities are planned and under construction including a new Archery range, an expansion of the Pleasance Sports Centre and a 3G Astroturf pitch at Peffermill.

Full Member clubs

*Archery Club
*Association Football Club M (see Edinburgh University A.F.C.)
*Association Football Club F
*Athletics Club
*Badminton Club
*Basketball Club
*Boat Club (see Edinburgh University Boat Club)
*Boxing Club
*Canoe Club
*Cricket Club
*Cross Country (See Running Club)
*Curling Club
*Cycling Club
*Equestrian Club.
*Exmoor Pony Trekking S.
*Fencing Club
*Gliding Club
*Golf Club
*Hare & Hounds (Running Club)
*Hillwalking Club
*Hockey Club M
*Hockey Club F
*Hot Air Balloon Club
*Ice Hockey Club
*Judo Club
*Ju Jitsu Club
*Karate Club (Shotokan)
*Karate Club (Shukokai)
*Kendo Club
*Korfball Club
*Lacrosse Club F
*Lacrosse Club M
*Motor Sport Club
*Mountaineering Club
*Netball Club
*Orienteering Club
*Rifle Club
*Roller Hockey Club
*Rugby Club M
*Rugby Club F
*Sailing Club
*Shinty Club
*Skydiving Club
*Snowsports Club
*Squash Club
*Sub Aqua Club
*Swimming & Water Polo Cl.
*Table Tennis Club
*Taekwondo Club
*Tennis Club
*Trampoline Club
*Triathlon Club
*Ultimate Frisbee Club
*Volleyball Club
*Weightlifting Club
*Windsurfing & Surfing Club

Associate Member Clubs

*Aikido Club
*American Football Club
*Clay Pigeon Shooting Club
*Gaelic Football Club
*Gymnastics Club
*Kickboxing Club
*Life Saving Club
*Polo Club

Recognised Member Clubs

* Angling Club
* Rugby Fives Club
* Mordern Pentathlon Club

Links and Affiliations

* [http://www.eusu.ed.ac.uk Edinburgh University Sports Union (EUSU)]
* [http://www.busa.org.uk/ British University Sports Association (BUSA)]
* [http://www.susport.org.uk/ Scottish University Sports (SUS)]
* [http://www.eusa.ed.ac.uk/ Edinburgh University Students Association (EUSA)]
* [http://www.edinburghuniversityrfc.co.uk/ Edinburgh University Rugby Football Club (EURFC)]
* [http://www.euhc.co.uk/mens Edinburgh University Men's Hockey Club (EUMHC)]
* [http://www.euhc.co.uk/Womens Edinburgh University Women's Hockey Club (EUWHC)]
* [http://rowing.eusu.ed.ac.uk Edinburgh University Boat Club (EUBC)]

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