THE new sports officer, Imogen Stanley, has set out an ambitious two-year plan to get Swansea into the top 20 of the BUCS (British Universities and College Sports) overall standings.
This announcement comes after Swansea secured their joint highest position of 25th last season, matching their finish from 2010.
“After last year, when we had our joint highest finish in BUCS, I want to be pushing the top 20,” she said.
“But this isn’t going to happen in a year. I am working with Sport Swansea and the Students’ Union to create a strategy for sport with objectives to aim for 2014.”
Stanley believes Swansea are also capable of winning the Welsh Varsity Shield, which is given for winning the most sports at Varsity, something Swansea has never done.
She said: “Varsity is something we can work on this year; we only won four sports in 2012. In 2013, I want Swansea to win 10 sports and in 2014, I want us to win 14 and take home the shield we so deserve to win.”
Stanley has continued to work through the summer in preparation for the year, helping to fully merge the former Athletics’ Union (now Sport Swansea) with the Students’ Union.
She said: “Preparations for the season are going well, I have spent a lot of time making my captain’s handbook so that the committees know about all the changes that have happened moving sports into the Students’ Union.
“I have also started to look into funding and grant programmes that we can apply for to support our smaller and developing clubs.”
Stanley remains focused on raising the profile of smaller clubs this year but wants to help all initiatives if they come to her attention.
She said: “Small and developing clubs will continue to be my priority. But I also fully support and would encourage students to expand their sports.
“This year, for example, a new Welsh rugby freshers’ league is starting. Sadie Thwaites [Sport Swansea’s administrator] and I are also looking into getting more women involved in sport using netball. This is provisional and won’t be started until September 2013 if it goes ahead.
“I am also working with the local water sports centre, I want to make sure the centre is fit for students and I am working with the university to ensure this.”
Stanley, the former sailing captain, still has her green and white spirit burning strong as the season draws closer, with rivalries firmly on her mind.
She added: “I want to see us smash Cardiff.”