Friday, 22nd September 2017

South Tyneside College has been given £60,000 funding from Sport England to reduce the number of their students who are completing less than thirty minutes of activity each week. South Tyneside College would like to thank the National lottery for this funding which will help raise the activity levels of its students and staff.

Sport England’s new Strategy ‘Towards an Active Nation’ puts tackling inactivity at the heart of what they do. As part of this initiative Sport England is investing £5 million into projects in colleges that will support their inactive students into regular activity.

Sport England research found:

  • Nearly 1/5 (roughly 138,000) college students are inactive i.e. do less than 30 minutes of physical activity a week as per England’s Chief Medical Officer’s recommendations. Nearly 2/3 of the inactive group do nothing at all [i]

  • Students who go to college are more inactive than students who go to sixth form or university.[ii]

  • Being active can make a big difference to everyone’s health: 1 in 6 adults in the UK die as a result of being inactive. :]

The programme at South Tyneside College will look to work with students who currently fall below the activity threshold as outlined by the Chief Medical Officer’s recommendations. During the programme the students will have regular contact with the Project Lead to design a programme which is fun and engaging for them. A student consultation has been designed to help students plan the enrichment timetable for the academic year, which will be reviewed termly to ensure the activities are meeting their needs.

Around one in five college students are inactive and many come from groups that have lower socio-economic status or from ethnic groups that are less likely to be active. Colleges in the programme will target these groups specifically to reduce the activity gap between them and their student peers.

Mike Diaper, Executive Director of Community Sport said:

“We are delighted to offer South Tyneside College National Lottery funding to help get students active. College is a crucial time in a young person’s development. It is often the first time that activity is not a compulsory part of their study programme and therefore all too many young people become inactive. This funding will allow colleges to be innovative in addressing the needs and desires of their students to help embed activity in their lifestyle in college and for years to come.”

About Sport England

Sport England is a public body and invests more than £300 million National Lottery and government money each year in projects and programmes that help people get active and play sport.

It wants everyone in England, regardless of age, background, or level of ability, to feel able to engage in sport and physical activity. That’s why a lot of its work is specifically focused on helping people who do no, or very little, physical activity and groups who are typically less active - like women, disabled people and people on lower incomes.

For information the programme at South Tyneside College please contact: Christopher Reay- Developing an Active College – Project Lead

For further information on the national programme please contact: