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Launching Active Students

Friday 29-06-2018 - 17:26

There is appetite on the ground for support with how students participate in sport. Last year, you might remember that we ran a pilot Activities Fund to support students running campaigns. Now, we're thrilled to announce that we’re teaming up with Sport England to design a new programme. Ali Milani, VP (Union Development) explains more...

When I was elected as your Vice President Union Development in 2017, I vowed to increase participation in Student Opportunities - with particular focus on supporting students’ unions to remove barriers to participation. I was, and still am, passionate about the impact that physical activity has.  I have worked hard to put this front and centre of my Student Opportunities priorities. 

We’ve now teamed up with Sport England to design a new programme: The Active Students Project. 

The Active Students programme has three key themes: 

1.    Engaging students in physical activity 

We’re interested in how students’ unions can encourage, support and interest students who currently undertake no physical activity to give something a go. Especially those student groups currently underrepresented in student activities and sports. This may include, but is not limited to, the following groups: BAME students, LGBT+ students, disabled students, students of faith, women students, student parents, student carers and those from lower socio-economics groups. 

2.    Partnership & Collaboration

The projects will have the support of the students’ unions and parent institutions from both HE and FE institutions within a city or locality, as well as buy-in from local sports provision organisations and community groups/organisations. 

Students’ unions should work through student leaders of their clubs, societies, faith and liberation groups to design and deliver the projects, to ensure that student leadership is at the heart of these projects. They will also be encouraged to work with their student media groups to capture the impact of the projects on participants.

3.    Impact

Demonstrating the impact of Student Opportunities is crucial to our future success. We know that there are multiple benefits to being involved in physical activities and we want to clearly prove this with Active Students. This project isn’t just about engaging hundreds of students in new activity but it’s about improving their mental wellbeing, their resilience, and their confidence to engage in wider civic life. 

Key dates

  • Open call for expressions of interest from SUs (June 2018) 
  • Expression of interest deadline (mid-July)
  • Successful projects are notified (August)
  • Projects start (September)
  • Project close and evaluation (August 2019) 
     

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