£170,000 funding to get more students active

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Students at Oxford Brookes will have more chances to take part in sport thanks to £170,000 of National Lottery funding from Sport England’s University Sport Activation Fund

Students at Oxford Brookes will have more chances to take part in sport thanks to £170,000 of National Lottery funding from Sport England’s University Sport Activation Fund.

The University will revamp its sporting offer after consulting with over 500 students on what would encourage them to take part in more sport.

As part of the Brookes Active, the University will offer a number of new sports sessions both within and outside of the existing facilities. This will also involve greater link-ups with local sports groups and national governing bodies to support as many students as possible. 

Pop-up and more regular sessions across a number of activities, including canoeing, fencing, running, cycling, street-golf, climbing, Zumba fitness, Pilates and more will be introduced alongside the existing sporting offer.

In addition to encouraging students, this investment will also benefit the University’s wider community who make use of the Brookes Sport facilities.  

Oxford Brookes is one of 54 universities to benefit from nearly £10 million of funding to help get nearly 180,000 new students playing sport 

We believe our project will improve the health and well-being of our students, raising their aspirations and their quality of life in University, as well as benefitting our wider community who use our facilities.

Keith Kelly, Director of Sport

Keith Kelly, Director of Sport at the university, said: “In line with ongoing efforts throughout all areas of sport within Oxford Brookes, this National Lottery funding means we can provide an inclusive programme for far more students than is currently the case which can only help benefit the overall student experience.

“Having listened to the students’ voice we can now offer them access to sport-specific coaches in a broad range of activities, inspiring them to continue or start enjoying sport, and increase their level of activity.

“We believe our project will improve the health and well-being of our students, raising their aspirations and their quality of life in University, as well as benefitting our wider community who use our facilities.”

Currently just over half (52 per cent) of higher education students take part in sport at least once a week. The funding will support projects to not only maintain this level of participation but also increase it by trialling new methods of getting students into sport and offering a wider variety of opportunities to keep them playing sport during their time at university. 

The projects will particularly concentrate on those that do not currently play. It will also help tackle the issue of many young people giving up sport in their late teens and early twenties.

Sport England Director of Community Sport, Mike Diaper, said: “We know universities play a vital role in maintaining and growing a student’s love of sport. They can encourage them to continue playing once they’ve left school or help those less sporty discover a new sport. By investing in Oxford Brookes University we’re helping students develop a lifelong sporting habit while they study.”

Karen Rothery, Chief Executive of British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS), said: “Universities have really risen to the challenge to increase sport participation, firstly through Active Universities, and now through the University Sport Activation Fund. We at BUCS are delighted that our work with Sport England over the past five years has resulted in such a success story, and are confident that we will continue to enhance the student experience through sport in many creative ways throughout the life of the University Sport Activation Fund delivery.”

The latest funding for university sport builds on Sport England’s highly successful three year ‘Active Universities’ programme which delivering a 2 per cent rise in the number of students playing sport regularly at the 41 university projects we invested in. 

Further information on Brookes Sport is available online.