The University of St Andrews Clay Pigeon Shooting Club has been banned from Sinners after a member of the club allegedly produced counterfeit Sinners bands on two occasions.
Sinners, a night-out in Club 601 for sports clubs, takes place nearly once a month at the St Andrews Students’ Association.
According to the Athletic Union Events Team, fake Sinners bands were found by the Union staff on the night of the event on two occasions, with the bands having the Clay Pigeon club name written on them.
Although the Union staff were unable to name those attendees who wore the falsified bands, the AU Events Team noted that they were forced to adhere to what was written on the wristbands and thus take action against the entire Clay Pigeon club.
As a result, the Club has been hit with a six-month ban from the recurring event, though this will only affect the club’s Sinners tickets for the rest of the academic year due to the summer break.
In an email from the AU Events Team, received by all members of the Clay Pigeon club, the team stated, “Having sinners at the Union is something that we negotiate on a yearly basis – we are therefore obliged to take a strong stance in line with the Union’s policy to dissuade individuals from your club/other clubs from faking bands in future.”
In an address to the club, President Alex Brown stated, “Over the break I have been chasing this up, stating how we wouldn’t be stupid enough to write our own club on fake bands, or how the Union failed to take names[or] photos of the culprits, or how we had tickets left over last Sinners. Even so, the AU are wanting to make an example of us so there is nothing we can do.”
Speaking to The Saint, Athletic Union President Fiona Murray addressed the Union’s recurring issue with fake wristbands and the specific incident with the Clay Pigeon club.
Ms Murray stated, “The AU works alongside the Students’ Association on multiple projects throughout the year including Sinners. We therefore adhere to the Union’s policies and work to ensure our clubs respect this relationship. The Union has had issues with fake wristbands in the past and so the AU Exec are following the same disciplinary procedures in dealing with this specific incident.”
On the club specifically, she said, “The Clay Pigeon club have been very understanding and compliant and as a result, I am confident that we will not have similar issues in the future. The Clay Pigeon club will not be allocated sinners bands for the final sinners of the year but will receive their usual allocation for the first sinners of the 2019/20 academic year.”
The Union staff have dealt with counterfeit wristbands on multiple occasions throughout the years, not only at Sinners but with all of its ticketed events.
On discipline for such infractions, Director of Events and Services Adam Powrie stated, “The disciplinary procedures are in place as a preventative and safety measure. We have had issues with fake wristbands in the past, and we follow the same disciplinary procedures in dealing with these incidents.
“It is unfortunate that a club has had their Sinners privileges revoked, however, we must ensure that students are aware of the repercussions for violating the rules of the Students’ Association.”
While the Sinners attendees who were allegedly part of the Clay Pigeon club are still unknown to the Union and the club itself, Mr Brown expressed optimism for the club’s social scene for the rest of the academic year.
In a statement to The Saint, Mr Brown stated, “We respect that the AU have their processes when dealing with these situations and they did everything in their power to help us. Sadly, one person has ruined it for the Club, and we have dealt with the situation.
“Despite this, our social scene is as good as ever. We have two dinners upcoming in April and we still have socials every week in which high numbers of both members and non-members attend.”
The University of St Andrews Clay Pigeon Shooting Club has over 90 members and prides itself on being one of the most active and welcoming clubs in St Andrews, according to their page on the AU website.