Bexhill College has been given £136,000 in funding from Sport England to reduce the number of students who are completing less than thirty minutes of activity each week.
Sport England's new Strategy ‘Towards an Active Nation' puts tackling inactivity at the heart of what they do. As part of this initiative Sport England is investing £5 million into projects in colleges that will support their inactive students into regular activity.
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.
Bexhill College's project aims to get more students active in an innovative way. The project has a number of different elements including wellbeing classes like yoga, tai chi and combat style classes which will promote fitness and mental wellbeing. By engaging students through timetabled wellbeing sessions, these will link to employability skills whilst developing positive sustained wellbeing habits.
Karen Hucker, Principal said: ‘We are extremely pleased to have been awarded this grant. This will benefit the students in many ways but particularly be able to ensure more students are well prepared and resilient for their futures, academically, physically and mentally.'
On Wednesday 20th September Bexhill College organised bubble football sessions with over 100 students from different sections of the College engaging in activities. The students who took part study a range of subjects including law, IVS, performing arts, French, media and film studies.
Clare Cole, Head of Sport and Public Services said: ‘We are excited to be delivering this project with our fantastic staff team and outstanding facilities. It is being well received by the students and activities are being tailored to different courses such as business, childcare, information technology and travel and tourism.”
Around one in five college students are inactive and many come from groups that have lower socio-economic status or from ethnic groups that are less likely to be active. Colleges in the programme will target these groups specifically to reduce the activity gap between them and their student peers.
Mike Diaper, Executive Director of Community Sport said:
"We are delighted to offer Bexhill 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.
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