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£93k Funding To Get Students Moving
Lancaster & Morecambe College has been awarded £93,000 funding from Sport England and the National Lottery to encourage students to get active after shock research found a fifth of students aged 16-18 in the UK do less than thirty minutes of activity each week.
After a successful application to Sport England for a proportion of the £5million the organisation is investing in colleges as part of its new national strategy, ‘Towards an Active Nation’; the College will use the funding to increase more accessible opportunities for students to get active.
Sport England research found:
- Nearly 1/5 (roughly 138,000) college students are inactive i.e. do less than 30 minutes of physical activity a week as per England’s Chief Medical Officer’s recommendations. Nearly 2/3 of the inactive group do nothing at all.
- Students who go to college are more inactive than students who go to sixth form or university.
- Being active can make a big difference to everyone’s health: 1 in 6 adults in the UK die as a result of being inactive.
As a result, Sport England is committing £5million for projects in colleges that will support inactive students into regular activity.
LMC Principal, Wes Johnson, said: “We are delighted to have received this funding for such an important project. Inactivity is a serious problem right across the nation and research tells us that one in six adults in the UK will die simply as a result of not moving enough. As a college, we are committed to providing the best possible start in life for our students – not only in terms of academic qualifications, but also in life experiences and mental wellbeing.
We hope this funding will help develop more active habits for our students to continue for the rest of their lives so they can enjoy the physical and mental benefits of leading active and healthy lifestyles.”
The College will use the funding to increase the physical activity levels of students, with a specific focus on groups who feel they have fewer opportunities such as young women, students with disabilities and those from underprivileged backgrounds. The Tackling Inactivity team intends to diversify its offering to include more accessible options such as yoga, dance and low intensity fitness classes.
Mike Diaper, Executive Director of Community Sport at Sport England said: “We are delighted to offer Lancaster & Morecambe 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.”
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