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Edinburgh University Sports Union (EUSU) is the representative body of more than sixty University of Edinburgh sports clubs.

Edinburgh University Sports Union
InstitutionUniversity of Edinburgh
LocationEdinburgh, Scotland, UK
PresidentPaul Duffy
AffiliationsBritish Universities and Colleges Sport, Scottish Student Sport

Edinburgh University sports teams compete in the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) and Scottish Student Sport leagues. Edinburgh was ranked 3rd in the BUCS rankings in 2016/17, 2015/16, 2014/15, 5th in 2013/14, and 6th in 2012/13 and 2011/12.[1]

EUSU has a strong Intramural sports tradition. Football (Men's and Women's), Basketball, Hockey, Netball, Rugby and Squash are available, and fixtures are played weekly.



EUSU is primarily run by an elected Executive Committee composed of 10 students. It is chaired by an elected Sabbatical President. The other members fill the roles of Honorary Treasurer, Vice President, Vice President Intramural, Honorary Secretary, Publicity Officer, Sponsorship Officer, Alumni Officer, Intramural Co-ordinator and Participation Officer. The Executive Committee is supported by the Director of the University's Sport and Exercise, and around five permanent members of staff.[2]

The Finance Committee is chaired by the Honorary Treasurer. On it sit eight ordinary members, the President, the Sponsorship Officer, the Honorary Secretary, the staff member responsible for finance and a representative of the University's Centre for Sport and Exercise. It approves the Sports Union budget and administers all funds (such as Representation, BUCS Reserve, Equipment etc.)

The Blues and Colours Committee is chaired by the President. On it sit three ordinary members, the Honorary Secretary, the Vice President, the Director of the CSE and three graduate members. It meets to discuss and approve applications for Blues, Half Blues and Colours.

The Media Team is responsible for all communications and marketing that comes from the Sports Union.

The General Committee must be attended by at least one member of every member club; each club and member of the Executive Committee has one vote. The General Committee meets several times a semester to ratify policy and finance decisions and to exchange information between EUSU and the clubs. It can act as a Court of Appeal for those Clubs disputing finance and policy decisions.

The Annual General Meeting must be attended by 2 members of each member club. Any other member who wishes may attend. It is held in the last semester of the university year. Reports from the President, Honorary Treasurer and Vice President are presented, and elections to the Executive Committee are held.

There are also eight Honorary Vice Presidents and an Honorary President.

Sports Alumni AssociationEdit

University of Edinburgh Medical Women's 4s in 1922

The University of Edinburgh Sports Alumni Association is made up of a Board of graduates who are responsible for overseeing the policy and strategy of the Association, and a Committee of students who are responsible for the day-to-day management of the Association.

From 2013, all sporting graduates of the University of Edinburgh automatically receive lifetime membership to the University of Edinburgh Sports Alumni Association, which aims to foster the relationship with graduates and their former university sports clubs.


Sporting facilities at the University of Edinburgh are run by the Centre for Sport and Exercise, not by EUSU, though EUSU clubs are of course their primary users. Other users come from a variety of sectors, including the university community, corporate organisations, schools and local clubs.

The University's main indoor facility is located at Pleasance. It includes 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 multipurpose rooms and a fitness assessment and sports injuries clinic, (FASIC).

The University's 25-metre swimming pool is located at St Leonard's Land, 250 metres from the Pleasance. The pool is also used for research, lifeguard training and water sports such as water polo, canoeing and triathlon.

The University's outdoor centre is the Firbush Point Centre on Loch Tay in Perthshire. It offers courses throughout the year in sailing, hillwalking and mountaineering, windsurfing, canoeing and first aid.

The University has playing fields at Peffermill, around 4 km from the city centre and covering 27 acres (110,000 m2). Peffermill's facilities include three changing pavilions, two floodlit synthetic pitches as well as grass football, rugby, lacrosse, shinty and cricket pitches. It also hosts the national Hockey Academy after a £3.5m refurbishment. Peffermill has hosted events including a Hockey World Cup tournament, the Millennium Youth Games, the British University Games, the EHF Women's Cup Winners' Cup and the 2010 World Universities' Hockey Championships. The Laurie Liddell Clubhouse has hosted meetings, seminars and courses in medicine, sport and business.

New facilities planned or under construction include a new Archery range, an expansion of the Pleasance Sports Centre and a 3G Astroturf pitch at Peffermill.



  1. ^ "BUCSPoints - BUCScore". Retrieved 8 March 2016.
  2. ^ "Staff | About Us Sports Union". Retrieved 12 September 2012.

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