Sports and Student Union Projects
The women's rowing team
We're committed to developing talented athletes.
The University is committed to providing a first class student experience at Cardiff University which includes enhancing the learning, social and sporting environment for its students, staff and the wider community as a whole, as well as offering students the opportunity to develop as individuals during their time at Cardiff.
Sport & Exercise
Development projects include:
- Upgrading and building new facilities throughout the University Estate
- Development of Health and Fitness centres/suites
- Development and funding of sports and coaching bursaries
- Development of three new floodlit, all-weather tennis courts
- Development of 3G rubber crumb, floodlit all-weather training pitch
- Student Enterprise Unit
- Student Volunteering Cardiff
- Student Development Unit
- Student Societies
Sponsorship and Fundraising
Upgrade of Field Hall; Of the two indoor facilities the old Field Hall, housing cricket nets, basketball, netball and other indoor sports is due for an upgrade to modernise its facilities in order to meet the demands of both student and community based sport. We are currently seeking funding for this project as part of the development of the University’s sports complex project.
Floodlit, all weather tennis courts; the University is committed to upgrading its sporting facilities to meet its world class aspirations as an academic institution and the development of a brand new tennis facility at the University Sports Centre – Talybont is the next phase of this strategy. The University is currently seeking funding for this project due to be completed in 2008.
Development and funding of sports and coaching bursaries; The Sports Bursary Scheme is committed to providing a network of support services, expertise and practical solutions to students who have the talent and the dedication to combine a high level academic course with excellence in sport and coaching. Further support for bursaries are most welcome and further information on the scheme can be found here. www.cf.ac.uk/sport/performance/bursary/index.html
Gym & Fitness Facilities; the University is seeking to build a new power gym at the University ports Centre- Talybont to assist power athletes (swimmers, rowers rugby players etc.) with their physical development. Likewise as part of the upgrade of the Student Union building a new fitness facility with gymnasium, changing rooms, exercise studio and treatment rooms is another priority to enhance the facilities currently available at the University.
Sponsorship and fundraising opportunities are also available for:
Student Enterprise Unit; Student Enterprise at Cardiff University has been set up to help students gain entrepreneurial qualities and enterprise skills which can be applied to make an organisation successful.
We offer skills training and mentoring services, business start up support and run several events throughout the year including the annual Enterprise Week.
Student Volunteering Cardiff; Student Volunteering Cardiff is one of the UK's largest student led volunteering organisations. We currently have approximately 900 volunteers working on more than 35 projects with disadvantaged and vulnerable people in Cardiff.
Our projects include working with children and young people with a disability, working in a homeless drop in centre, helping people with mental health problems, and working with adults with learning disabilities in a community garden.
Student Development Unit; The Student Development Unit offers students the opportunity to develop their “soft” and personal skills through a curriculum based around a Certificate in Professional Development including modules on communication, personal effectiveness and leadership.
Student Societies; Here at Cardiff, we have over 120 societies affiliated to the Students' Union and the Society community offers over 7,000 students a lively and vibrant experience throughout their studies, whether they be an Undergraduate, Postgraduate, UK or International Student. Our individual Societies offer a very diverse range of events, activities and interests. Societies range from Amnesty International to Y Gymdeithas Cymraeg (Welsh Society) and everything else in between.
Student Union Societies sponsorship allows organisations to reach a wide range of the Cardiff student community and gain brand awareness across the Cardiff University network including advertising in the student newspaper, Gair Rhydd, web presence on cardiffstudents.com, as well as the Societies Awards 2008 event. We also offer on-site commercial activity in the Union to sponsors.
Cardiff University v. Swansea University Annual Varsity Match;
The annual Cardiff University v. Swansea University Varsity Rugby Challenge is the second largest of its type in the UK after the Oxford and Cambridge Varsity match at Twickenham and is played before an enthusiastic crowd not only of students, alumni and supporters of both Universities, but also engaging a large corporate audience.
Cardiff and Swansea University Athletic Unions on an annual basis seek a title sponsor for one of the most prestigious events in the Welsh rugby calendar. We are anticipating that the event will be grow year on year to rival some of the professional games in the Welsh rugby calendar.
Overall Athletic Union sponsorship; with over 5,000 members the Athletic Union has 65 affiliated sports clubs. Sport is an integral part of University life and through overall sponsorship of the AU organisations will be able to maintain a consistent presence across campus, reaching not only the Cardiff University student community, but also gain brand recognition across the UK university network.
Individual Athletic Union club sponsorship including; Rugby, Football, Hockey, Netball, Cricket, Rowing, Squash, Tennis, Badminton, Sailing and Lacrosse. These are the University’s priority sports where teams compete at the highest level in student sport. In order to maintain this level of achievement teams require support for coaching, kit, travel expenses
Recent partnerships and funding have included the following:
125th Anniversary Varsity Rugby
The Co-operative Bank are the sponsors the 2008 Varsity Match in the 125th Anniversary year of Cardiff University, the event will take place at Cardiff Arms Park on Wednesday 23rd April 2008. The University and the Athletic Union are very grateful for their support
We are equally delighted to be working with an organisation committed to ethical banking with the bank's ethical policy introduced in 1992 to set out precisely what ethical standards would govern the types of businesses the bank would and would not offer services to.
Today, the bank continues to be the only high street bank that gives customers a say in how their money is used and which encourages their input into the ongoing development of its Ethical Policy.
Cardiff University is proud to announce the support of new coaching scholarships for students wishing to become sports coaches within the local community. A contribution towards this brand new initiative was kindly donated by the Sports Council for Wales through their Community Chest initiative.
Athletic Union Sponsorship
KPMG have once again sponsored the Athletic Union here at Cardiff University, creating brand awareness across 5,000 student athletes with branded clothing and web presence.
KPMG in the UK is a leading provider of professional services including audit, tax, financial and risk advisory. KPMG in the UK has over 10,000 partners and staff working in 22 offices and is part of a strong global network of members firms.
Global consultancy Accenture were headline sponsor of the Welsh Varsity Rugby Challenge in 2007 held at Cardiff Arms Park. Their generous contribution helped make the event, the second largest Varsity rugby match in the UK, a great success.
For Further information please contact:
Development Officer – Sports
Development and Alumni Relations Division
46 Park Place
Tel: +44 (0) 29 20 870 377