Colleges Awarded Funding Boost

Sport England is investing £5 million of National Lottery money into further education colleges to help get students active.

Sport England are going to be funding traditional activities, such as gym and fitness classes, archery, self-defence, and yoga and Pilates, as well as new ways to get students active.

Some of the exciting activities include Raveminton, which involves playing badminton under ultra-violet (UV) lights with fluorescent lines, neon nets and shuttlecocks sprayed with UV paint.

One in five students at further education colleges in England are currently not active enough. This means that nearly 138,000 students are doing less than the recommended 30 minutes of physical activity each week – which is why Sport England is funding 49 colleges to help them get students active.

Tag American football, bubble football – where five-a-side football players go up against each while wearing an inflatable orb – and Parkour are just some of the other more non-traditional activities Sport England will be funding to get students active.

Mike Diaper, Executive Director of Children & Young People at Sport England said:

“College is a crucial time in a young person’s development. It is often the first time that activity is not a compulsory part of their curriculum and as a consequence all too many young people become inactive.”

“This funding will enable colleges to use innovative ways to embed activity in student’s lifestyles so they can continue to be active for years to come.”

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