54 universities across the country will receive a share of £10 million of National Lottery investment from Sport England’s University Sport Activation Fund, giving nearly 180,000 new students the opportunity to play sport regularly.
Currently, only 52% of higher education students participate in sporting activity at least once a week. The new funding will ensure that projects get the funding to increase this level of participation, by offering a wider range of opportunities and trialling new methods of getting students into sport.
Commenting on the funding, Karen Rothery of British Universities & Colleges Sport 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.”