By Rob Wells, The Linc
Ed Bosworth, current President of ULCC and who has been part of their leadership since its creation, said that the current funding system could be justified: “The hockey and the football clubs are the crowd bringers,” says Mr Bosworth, noting that, since they have so many more members, the larger clubs are entitled to the money.
“You have the ‘big five’ who are more recognised,” referring to hockey, football, rugby, cricket and basketball. “Because we’re in the ‘big five’ we get what we need. I think other teams get more than they need. The ULCC receives £3,000 in funding from the SU, and another £1,200 to £1,500 from membership fees.”
Some of the teams with larger budgets, he suspects, “are maybe not managing [their finances] as well as they should be,” though he is quick to add: “I don’t envy having to manage the larger teams.”
Chris Farrell, the incoming Sports and Teams officer, says: “I know personally that the largest teams in the university were still suffering” — due to a lack of money.
Despite this, Mr Bosworth acknowledge: “more needs to go to the smaller clubs”. Though to balance this, he fears that the smaller clubs might take the money from the bigger clubs.
Referring to the election of Rowing Club president Chris Farrell, he says he would “rather have a football or rugby player [in the job]. I’m cautious and apprehensive.” He says he wants to look after the smaller clubs. Our best sports are football and golf. If we take money away from them we will go down in status I suppose.”
Whatever happens generally, Mr Bosworth is satisfied with the ULCC’s position. “I’m not going to whinge about it, I’m happy with what we get from the Athletic Union.”Tweet