College Grassroots Hubs – further recruitment

AoC Sport is delighted to announce an opportunity has arisen for colleges to become one of our prestigious College Grassroots Hubs. 89 of the College Hubs from last year’s programme have been selected to transition into this year’s College Grassroots Hubs model.  We now have an exclusive opportunity for 11 more colleges to come on board, who can access the funding to invest in their college and community to grow participation in football.

If you wish to apply to become a College Grassroots Hub please complete this application form and submit to Nick.Hawkins@aoc.co.uk – successful applicants will be awarded tier three status and receive £600 to grow and develop college and community football for the remainder of this academic year. Deadline for applications is Monday 29 October 2018. Movement between tiers 1-3 is possible from the summer of 2019 upon request and will be reviewed on annual basis (subject to performance).

All new College Grassroots Hubs will be expected to recruit one male and one female student activator to facilitate and deliver activity, with the overarching aim of engaging 70 internal (college student) participants and 30 external (local community) participants into regular football activity. Also, to ensure that inclusive opportunities are being provided by our hubs, the following percentage of total players should be a minimum of 30% female, 10% disability and 10% Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic groups.

The 93 Hubs in 2017-18 engaged 41,167 participants and over 3800 volunteers. Independent research showed the football hub activity helped tackle inactivity (9% of players had not played football before attending the hub) and increased students ambitions to progress onto further study and potential students to apply to college (71% of players stated that they were more likely to consider applying to college or University). Other independent research also highlighted the role football plays in improving students’ attainment (78% of respondents agreed or strongly agreed), attendance (72%), employability (89%), mental well-being (74%) and their student experience (87%).

If you are a member college of AoC Sport and would like more information about becoming a College Grassroots Hub, or have a question about the application, please contact AoC Sport National Football Development Officer, Alice Kempski via Alice.Kempski@aoc.co.uk or on 07464 541442.

Application form available here: College Grassroots Hub Application 18-19

Deadline: 29 October 2018

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