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Becoming a member

It is very easy to sign up for membership. It costs £8 for the entire academic year.

How to become a member

Participation statement

All participants who take out a club membership must read and agree to the below participation statement.

Becoming a leader

Grade 1 leader

Grade 1 leader training is run yearly, usually in October-November. We will advertise when this is going to happen via our social networks/emails - so make sure you're up to date!

Grade 1 training is taught and assessed internally by the club. We will go over basic navigational techniques (map and compass, including GPS), as well as group leading techniques and walk planning. 

We will put these skills into practice outdoors on a training walk as well as running through safety scenarios and discussing your responsibilities as a leader.

After you've completed your initial training, assessment comes in two parts:

Once we are happy with both of your co-lead walks, we will sign you off. You will officially be a Grade 1 SUWC leader.

Grade 2 leader

Grade 2 leader training is an extra level of ability and commitment. This is a level that you can progress to after you have built up experience as a Grade 1 leader. 

We don't expect our leaders to undergo Grade 2 training. You can stay at Grade 1 for your entire time with the club, and that is fine.

Grade 2 leading involves leading groups in harsher, more remote environments. The closest example of that near Sheffield is Kinder Scout Moor, although we very often visit Grade 2 terrain on our trips.

We require a greater level of training before you are allowed to take groups on these walks because they can very quickly become dangerous. Whilst Kinder, for example, can be lovely and easy terrain in great weather, it can very quickly change when the (very changeable) weather rolls in.

Grade 2 training both consolidates the experience you will have gained leading Grade 1 walks, and teaches you new techniques that far better equip you to safely lead a walk on Grade 2 terrain.

The training is currently provided by North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC), who have an agreement with Sport Sheffield to provide experts for training for all Club Sport.

Joining committee

Joining committee is not an extra level of commitment above being a leader. We don't require you to be a leader at all (except for a couple of the roles).

We always aim to have a fun, welcoming committee each year who oversee the running of the club. They try to make sure everything happens as smoothly as possible.

We split all the jobs up into roles. Normally each committee member doesn't have a huge amount of work each week but it does depend on your role. Pick a role that you think you'd be best at and enjoy!

How to join committee

To join committee, you need to apply at one of our AGMs (Annual General Meeting), or EGMs (Extraordinary General Meeting). 

We are mandated to hold an AGM every year, around the beginning of April. This is where we vote the new committee for the following academic year in. 

Any roles that are not filled will be voted for at an EGM, typically held at the beginning of the new academic year.

If you have any questions about joining committee or are generally interested, feel free to ask any of us about our roles. 

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Executive committee positions

These are the core committee positions which all University of Sheffield sports clubs are required to fulfil. Otherwise, Sport Sheffield will force the club to be disbanded.

These roles must be held by full time students of the University of Sheffield.

Safety and training officer is the only role that can be carried out in conjunction with another executive committee position.

President/Club captain

The president is the person who leads the committee to success. They organise and chair the committee meetings, as well as provide instruction and direction to everyone on the team. 

Their role includes ensuring that all the clubs good practise guidelines and constitution are adhered to and helping ensure a smooth transition between old and new committee members. They are also responsible for liaising with Sport Sheffield with regards to policy matters.

A person that has previously been on committee, or has significant experience with the club (such as regularly attending events or is a walks leader with the club) is recommended for this position.


The vice-president/secretary is the person responsible with administering the club. This includes managing the club email account and replying to any queries we get, as well as keeping and writing up minutes for each of the committee meetings. 

This role also involves assisting the president with any additional tasks, as well as taking over their duties if for whatever reason they are not able to perform them (eg: illness).


The treasurer is the person responsible for all the money the club has. They make sure we have enough money to perform the clubs tasks, and performing all the necessary paperwork associated with running the club accounts (in accordance with Sport Sheffield procedures). 

They also help decide how the club's money is spent, by producing the club's annual budget proposal and financial plan for the academic year.

Safety and training officer

The safety and training officer is the person that ensures that all our club members stay safe on the events we hold. This involves performing the necessary risk assessments, reviewing the clubs good practise safety guidelines, liaising with the Sport Sheffield safety adviser, and ensuring that safe practise is followed by members of the club at all times. 

They are also responsible for training new walks leaders of the club by organising and taking prospective leaders on the necessary training exercises.

It is recommended that this role is carried out by an existing Grade 1 or 2 walks leader.

Welfare and inclusions officer

The welfare and inclusions officer is the person that makes sure that everyone is represented in the club and that no one is unreasonably prevented from taking part in club activities. 

This includes being able to talk to prospective and current members about any concerns they have about being able to take part in the clubs events, as well as liaise with any disabled members in order to ensure that their needs are met as best as reasonably possible.

Extended committee positions

These are additional committee positions specific to the Walking Club which are required to organise and publicise our events.

Walks officer

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Trips officer

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Publicity officer

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Social secretary

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Equipment officer

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Committee 2024/25: Sign up and register your manifestos below:

Executive Committee (Captain, Secretary, Treasurer, Inclusions and Safety)

Extended Committee (Walks, Trips, Publicity, Social Sec, Equipment and Activities)