Wiltshire College has been awarded £136,000 of funding from Sport England to encourage students to take part in regular activity.
The funding comes after Sport England research found that nearly one fifth of college students do less than England’s Chief Medical Officer’s recommendations of 30 minutes physical activity per week.
It also revealed that nearly two thirds of those students do no activity at all.*
As part of a new strategy ‘Towards an Active Nation’ to support students to carry out regular activity, Sport England is investing £5million into projects in colleges around the country.
Mike Diaper, Executive Director of Community Sport, said: “We are delighted to offer Wiltshire College National Lottery funding to help get students active.
“College is a crucial time in a young person’s development.
“It is often the first time that activity is not a compulsory part of their study programme and therefore all too many young people become inactive.
“This funding will allow colleges to be innovative in addressing the needs and desires of their students to help embed activity in their lifestyle in college and for years to come.”
Linda Westmore is Head of Student Services at Wiltshire College.
She said: “We are thrilled to have been given this funding.
“Our two-year ‘Wiltshire College Active’ programme aims to promote activity to students through the provision of engaging enjoyable activities across the main college campuses.
“FIT4WORK programmes which enhance employability skills such as teamwork and communication have also been devised.
“Physical activity also impacts positively on mental health, well-being and personal development all of which can enhance students’ lives.”