YUSU have released a report indicating the amount of grant money that each sports club receives.
The clubs which receive the highest amount per member, an amount somewhere between £50 and £110, include Octopush, Inline and Ice Hockey, Ben Lairig, Sailing, and Polo.
The clubs which win the most BUCS points for the University, such as UYRFC, receive less per head than these teams.
The top five most popular sports clubs – Badminton, YUSnow, Squash, Athletics, and Hockey – all receive funding from the lowest grant bracket, between £0 and £19.
UYBC social secretary and second year Economics student Sam Agass was disappointed with the findings, stating: “I think it’s outrageous. The biggest sports clubs such as rugby, rowing, football and lacrosse should all receive the most funding. These sports are seen as the most prestigious at York and are the most successful clubs – they should receive the financial biggest backing”.
However York Sport President Sam Asfahani has defended the grant allocations system, claiming that York Sport is “the one part of university that is completely fair”.
“There is no favouritism. Every club is treated exactly the same, and we’re proud of that,” said Asfahani,
He went on to label the grants allocation system as a “precise mathematical formula”, taking into account three factors when deciding clubs’ grants.
“When formulating what a club’s grant allocation will be we take into account membership numbers, income expenditure, and whether the club uses the sports hall or not. Clubs that don’t use the sports hall receive slightly higher grants than they would if they did utilise the sports hall’s facilities.
“We re-jig the formula every year, and we always invite sports clubs to give us feedback.”
High profile clubs such as Football, UYRFC, UYBC and Fencing, a club whose women’s team are one of only two in the University to compete in a Premier BUCS league, all receive grants per member of £30-39 whilst boasting similar membership numbers.
Lacrosse, however, currently only receives an average grant per member of £0-19, despite having similar membership numbers to the clubs above.
The Hockey Club, one of the University’s most consistent deliverers of BUCS points, also receives an average grant per person of £0-19, despite having little over 20 members more than UYRUFC.
Meanwhile the Sailing Club, which belongs to the top bracket of average grant allocations per member of £50-110 and has a recorded 40 members, receives a total annual grant of at least £2000 – more than the total possible grant allocation amount available to the Hockey Club.
The report did not include exact figures for grant allocations.