SUNDERLAND University has received more than £160,000 from Sport England to boost the standard of sport in the region.
Schools and universities across the North East have been handed funding of nearly £1m.
The institute, which was given £163,260, is one of 54 universities across the country which will share a £10m funding pot to get nearly 180,000 new students playing sport regularly.
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.
“By investing in the 54 universities we’re helping students develop a lifelong sporting habit while they study.”
Meanwhile 15 schools in the region have been awarded between £26,500 and £30,000 from Sport England to create multi-sport activity areas, activity surfaces, sport enclosures, ball hoops and running tracks.
Ian Simon, executive director of Tyne & Wear Sport, said: “We have been working with many schools to help them to obtain the maximum value from the additional funding and support that is available to them.
“It is great to see that those schools with limited outside space for sport will soon be able to give their young pupils an even better first experience of PE and sport in school.”