Being on a Club Committee
AU Clubs are run by committees of student volunteers who are elected to their specific roles on an annual basis. The number of roles on a committee varies by club and is specified in each club’s constitution. All club committees are overseen by a Chairperson and a minimum of two other officers. It is also required that officers fulfill the roles of Treasurer and Secretary. It is preferable for these to be two individual committee positions. The Club Chair is responsible for their club as a whole and represents its interests to the AU. Other common committee positions include Social Secretary, Media Secretary, Fixtures Secretary and Kit Secretary. Many clubs have more than one student fulfilling these roles and others have even more positions than the ones listed here. The size of the committee generally depends on the size and needs of the club.
You don’t need to have lots of experience to be on committee - as long as you have enthusiasm, commitment and a love for your club you will develop the rest. The AU provides committee training sessions that will give you all the information you will need to perform your role effectively. Providing that you are willing to devote time and effort to your committee role, there is no reason that you should not run for a position.
The benefits of being on club committee are almost unquantifiable. Within your committee you will basically take charge of your club, managing its finances and its membership, liaising with the AU and resolving any issues that arise, which many professional jobs entail. You will get to learn more about how the AU works, giving you excellent grounding to be able to take up further LSU or AU positions if you so wish. Not only will you have the opportunity to make a difference in your club, improve it and give something back but it is also a brilliant way to further key skills such as teamwork, organisation, leadership and initiative. Being on a Club Committee automatically makes you a member of the Coach and Volunteer Academy, allowing you to log your voluntary hours for rewards and opening up further opportunities.