Beach festival part of plans to get Sunderland students more active

Sporting facilities at The University of Sunderland.
Sporting facilities at The University of Sunderland.
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BEACH festivals could be on the cards for Wearside students thanks to a cash injection.

The University of Sunderland has received a £163,260 boost from the National Lottery to help get all students more active.

Sport England’s University Sport Activation Fund says 54 universities will benefit from nearly £10million to help get more students playing sport.

After a consultation Sunderland University has a new sports programme based around addressing participation barriers, motivations and sporting interests.

The Urban Active project will focus on three key areas, flexible use of sports equipment, regular activity sessions at all campuses and innovative participation events including glow sports, beach festivals and cycle-in movie nights.

Matt Dossett, sport development manager at the university, said: “The funding from Sport England will allow us to extend our offer to a wider number of students at the university who at the moment wouldn’t perhaps get involved in sport because of lack of time or other commitments.”

He said in partnership with the Students’ Union, listening to what people want, they have created a range of events and activities which will help get more students involved in sport and keep them active in the future.

Matt said: “Sport is proven to enhance personal wellbeing and fitness, social engagement, and even employability. It also plays a huge part in the experience students have while studying on our courses.”

The Urban Active project will begin at the university later this year.