A Preston college has landed a £90,000 cash windfall to help get more students involved in sport.
The grant from Sport England’s Further Education Activation Fund, is Myerscough College’s share of a £4m pot of funding to help get thousands of new students in the further education sector playing sport.
The college will use the funding to recruit two sports activators, one part-time based at centres in Blackburn and Merseyside, as well as a full time activator at the main Bilsborrow campus.
The new staff will help deliver a physical activity programme to all students, including those that are ‘non-sporty’, or studying a non-sport related subject.
Amy Thompson from thecollege said: “This lottery funding means we can provide an inclusive programme for all college students.
“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 start and enjoy 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 college.”
Myerscough College has a strong reputation for delivering a wide range of courses across a range of sports, but nationally, students in further education play less sport than people in both secondary school and higher education.