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Students at further education and sixth form colleges across the country will have more opportunities to get into sport thanks to a £4 million funding boost from the second round of Sport England’s Further Education Activation Fund.
Over the next three years, 58 projects will be delivered at 67 further education and sixth form colleges across England to help get 54,000 new students playing sport.
"Our investment in further education and sixth form colleges is vital if we are to get more young people playing sport,” said Sport England CEO Jennie Price.
"By investing in these 67 colleges, including 27 who are receiving our funding for the first time, we’re helping to make sport more accessible, more attractive and more convenient to young people as they move on from school to college.”
The 58 projects will offer students the chance to take part in a range of traditional and non-traditional sports including roller skating, sub-aqua, dodgeball and surfing.
The projects will also target female, BME and disabled student to get more of them taking part.
The funding comes at a time when Sport England’s Active People Survey shows that further education college students play the least sport of young people aged 16 and over who are in education.
The research demonstrates that 65% of school pupils aged 16 and over do sport at least once a week, compared to 53% of higher education students and 50% of further education students.
The Further Education Activation Fund aims to boost the number of students taking part in sport by supporting colleges to design and develop projects tailored to the sporting needs of their students.
Over two rounds of funding, 107 colleges have benefited from £6 million of investment.
As well as giving students the chance to play sport, the funding is also enabling a number of colleges to work together more closely, sharing facilities and expertise.
It supports the work of the 153 College Sport Makers, recruited through £17 million of investment from Sport England, who help market sports opportunities as well as linking colleges with community sports clubs, running leagues and sports groups and offering coaching for certain sports at their further education college.
To see the full list of colleges to receive funding, Click Here.