Lottery boost to get more students playing sport
The Minister for Sport and the Olympics, Hugh Robertson MP, and Olympic Gold medalist, Amy Williams, yesterday joined Sport England in Birmingham to announce projects benefitting from investment to get more university students playing sport.
41 initiatives have secured National Lottery funding through Active Universities. They will give tens of thousands of students the chance to try out a new sport, or get back into one they've tried before, as part of the mass participation legacy from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Boosting student participation will have a lasting impact on grassroots sport because research shows that students who do play sport at university are far more likely to continue participating throughout their lives. It will also help tackle the issue of drop-off in sports participation that sees many young people giving up sport in their late teens and early twenties.
"This funding for 41 different sport projects across the country is exactly what our Olympic legacy promise is about," said Hugh Robertson. "It offers more opportunities for people to get involved. This will boost university sport and encourage students to continue playing once their studies are over."
Olympic Gold medalist, Amy Williams, told stakeholders at the event at the University of Birmingham how she only took up the skeleton while at the University of Bath, having been a 400m runner at school.
"Going to university is a great chance to try out something new and in my case that something new was the skeleton", said Amy. "Sport is an amazing way to make friends, get fit, have fun and pick up skills that could help you get a job when your student days are over."
Great news for Cornwall... Truro College and University College Falmouth were both successful in their bids to receive funding to support their students in getting more active.