Students encouraged into sport with new £100,000 projects

From left: Adam Tenant,  Badminton Coach and  Donna Knowles, Sports Development Co-ordinator at New College Durham, with two new students.
From left: Adam Tenant, Badminton Coach and Donna Knowles, Sports Development Co-ordinator at New College Durham, with two new students.
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A COLLEGE is on the ball with a new sporting project.

More students at New College Durham will have the opportunity to get involved in sports activities thanks to the new £100,000 project.

The Durham City college has been awarded a grant from Sport England of £80,000 towards the development of Step It Up.

This project will enable the college to offer a broader sports activity programme to increase participation in sport, and will help provide extra resources, equipment, workforce and coaching over the next three 
years.

It will specifically target non-active students and encourage them to participate in sport for at least an hour a week.

Donna Knowles, sports development co-ordinator at New College Durham, said: “The Sport England Activation funding means we can provide an inclusive and sustainable programme for all college students.

“Having consulted with a wide range of students, we can now offer them access to sports and physical activity programmes in a broader range of activities, which were not previously accessible to them due to their course commitments. These new activities will inspire them to engage with, and enjoy, sport and increase their level of activity, improve their overall health and well-being and raise their aspirations and quality of life in college.”

Over the past six years, the college has increased its sports and physical activity programme to more than 20 activities a week and embedded a regular sports development programme into college life.

It hopes that through Step It Up, it can ensure sport and physical activity becomes a habit for life for all of the students.