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Over 102,000 students have now tried sport in the past year as part of Sport England’s Active Universities programme meaning that the initiative has now surpassed its initial target by more than 20,000.
The Active Universities programme targets broader participation in university sports by encouraging students to develop a sporting a habit for life rather.
The survey results, together with the results of the HE Sport Survey which measures sports participation at a university level, help show the impact the Active Universities investment is having on university sport.
The findings also found that the number of students not playing any sport had fallen, with 57% of students at universities with Active Universities funded projects now playing sport at least once a week.
The clearest indications of the impact of the programme on higher education student sport have been shown in female and disabled students taking part.
The results from the HE Sport Survey show that 53% of female students are now playing sport at least once a week, which has increased by two per cent in one year.
Meanwhile nearly half of all disabled students are now playing sport weekly which demonstrates a rise of 3% on last year’s results.
There has also been an increase in those playing sport more than once a week which shows a serious commitment to a sporting lifestyle given the increasing demands on a student’s time.
This success can be partially attributed to new, focused sport sessions at times which suit students.
At Essex University, they developed "Take Part Tuesdays”, inviting students to come down to the Sport Centre in the evening.
Meanwhile at Derby University, they has success with their subsidised ‘Learn to Row’ programme showing that by making sports that seem intimidating more accessible it’s a great way to get people involved.
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