AoC Sport wins Sport England funding to support colleges

AoC Sport is pleased to announce that Sport England has approved funding to support colleges for the next two years.

The National Lottery funding will run from 1 September 2018 until 31 August 2020 at a value of almost £760,000.

In keeping with the ‘Towards an Active Nation’ strategy, Sport England has given a clear steer that AoC Sport should be investing in projects which engage inactive students in sport and physical activity.

AoC Sport managing director, Marcus Kingwell, said: “We are delighted that Sport England are continuing to invest in AoC Sport and the college sector.

“Our vision is every student active and this funding will help us target the most inactive young people in colleges, which in turn will benefit their education, employability and health.”

Therefore, AoC Sport will be using the investment to support and deliver a series of targeted interventions in colleges.

The aim is to increase the levels of sport and physical activity within lower socio-economic groups, women and girls, inactive students and volunteers.

The interventions include a This Girl Can Ambassador programme and a project to increase the number and diversity of student volunteers.

The ambassadors will promote existing activity in colleges and the community and use non-traditional activities to increase participation and tackle inactivity, particularly among those from under-represented groups.

AoC Sport also wants to increase the diversity of student volunteers to better reflect society. In order to achieve this, AoC Sport will work with departments other than sport, as well as colleges with a diverse population to ensure opportunities are available to all students.

Sport England currently invests £5million into 49 colleges, as part of the Tackling Inactivity in Colleges (TIIC) programme.

The funding spans two years and enables the colleges on the programme to implement projects to get students more active.

AoC Sport also received £434,000 of National Lottery funding to deliver projects in 2017-18.

Cassell Bailey, Head of Children & Young People (Education) at Sport England, said: “We are delighted to offer National Lottery funding to AoC Sport to support projects in colleges which will tackle inactivity among students.

“College is a time when students often stop participating in sport and physical activity so this investment is a great opportunity to embed this into their lifestyles so they can continue to be active for years to come.

“Not only will it help improve their physical and mental health, it can also help them prepare for the challenge of university or the workplace.”

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