Sport and physical activity can improve the physical and mental health of staff and students. The evidence base demonstrating effectiveness is increasing and becoming more robust all the time. As such, increased media coverage is generating more interest in this area of work.
We work with partners including the Association of Colleges to advocate the benefits of sport and physical activity as a tool to improve health outcomes, including reducing sickness absence, enhancing social cohesion and supporting the personal development, behaviour and welfare of students, increasing self-esteem and reducing anxiety.
We have recently published a report ‘Improving mental wellbeing in colleges through physical activity’, which showed that physical activity can help students improve their mental wellbeing.
For further information about this area of work please contact Kirstie Hickson
- AoC Sport and ukactive Research Institute investigate physical activity and sport among college students
- Association for Young People’s Health: The connections between young people’s mental health and sport participation
- Five Ways to Wellbeing
- Performance Matters: Mental Health in Elite Sport