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National Lottery grant will encourage healthier sporting lifestyles

Students at Roehampton will have more chances to play sport after staff at the University were successful in winning £152,000 of National Lottery funding from Sport England’s University Sport Activation Fund.

Posted: 26 September 2014

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Students will be encouraged to get involved with sports like hockey

The University is one of 62 institutions in the country to benefit from more than £11 million of funding to help get nearly 195,000 new students playing sport.

Roehampton will provide a range of new sporting programmes aimed at those who would not normally play sports, after asking more than 800 students what would make them want to do so.

A new Campus Club will offer flexible recreational and social activities for students across all four colleges and the URS (University of Roehampton Sport) for Life project will provide training and development opportunities for 20 student ambassadors to become peer leaders.

David Dickinson, Director of Student Experience at the University of Roehampton, said: “Our students already have a wealth of activities outside the classroom available to them, but this funding will help us encourage those who might not usually get involved in sport to do so. Healthier lifestyles mean our students are more likely to perform better in lectures, lessons and exams, giving them the best chance of success in their degrees.

“The URS for Life campaign is specifically designed around what students have said is important for them, with the intention that the sports they start playing at university will stay a part of the lives well after graduation.”

Nationally 52 per cent of higher education students take part in sport at least once a week. Sport England’s funding will support projects to maintain and increase participation by trialling new methods of involvement. The projects will particularly concentrate on those that do not currently play. It will also help tackle the issue of many young people giving up sport in their late teens and early 20s.

Sport England Director of Community Sport, Mike Diaper, said: “We know universities play a vital role in maintaining and growing a student’s love of sport. They can encourage them to continue playing once they’ve left school or help those less sporty discover a new sport. By investing in University of Roehampton we’re helping students develop a lifelong sporting habit while they study.”

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