Colleges and sixth forms benefit from £5.8m fund

Minister for Sport Helen Grant
Minister for Sport Helen Grant

Further education and sixth form colleges across the South East have been invited to bid for a share of £5.8 million of National Lottery investment from Sport England’s Further Education Activation Fund.

The fund aims to boost the number of students taking part in sport by supporting colleges to design and develop projects tailored to the sporting needs of their students.

Sport England’s Active People Survey shows that college students play the least sport of students aged 16 and over.

Minister for Sport, Helen Grant said: “We want people to develop a sporting habit for life. We know there is a challenge to address the drop off rate of people participating in sport after they leave school but the Further Education Activation Fund will make a difference on that front.”

Mike Diaper, Director of Community Sport at Sport England, said “Colleges are hubs for their communities supporting people of all ages and have the potential to influence the sporting habits of both young people and adults. This fund will help colleges provide practical, innovative, affordable and attractive sporting opportunities that fit in with their busy lifestyles.”

The announcement is the second round of funding from the £8m Further Education Activation Fund. In the first funding round, Southampton College was awarded £119,700 to get its students more active by responding to student requests for more water based activities.

The college, alongside other colleges in the area, now offers taster sessions in a number of water sports including sailing, rowing, kayaking and power boating. Once students have completed a taster session, they can then choose to specialise in a particular discipline or continue with general water based activities.

The funding is part of Sport England’s five-year £1 billion Youth and Community Strategy which is helping more people than ever to get involved in sport. There are 15.5 million people playing sport every week, an increase of 1.57 million since 2005/06.

Applications are now being accepted and will close on January 20 2014. Visit the website to find out more.