UWE Bristol wins £1000 of funding to increase participation in sport and physical activity

Issue date: 02 July 2012

UWE Bristol has recently been awarded £1000 of funding by RELAYS (Regional Educational Legacy in Arts and Youth Sport) in order to increase engagement in sport via its 'Social Sport' programme.

UWE Bristol's Social Sport programme is a positive engagement programme to offer a range of activities including Badminton, Boxing, Climbing and team sports such as Netball, Futsal and 11-a-side football. It is managed by a full time sport development officer who works jointly with the students union to create a stepping stone link into the student sports clubs as well as providing for those who just want to play for fun, socialise and meet new people.

Catherine Ogilvie, Sport Development, UWE Bristol said, “The programme has grown 80% from 2010-2012 with just over 500 participants taking part. We aim to maintain a steady growth of participation in physical activity year on year at an affordable price. The programme currently has a capacity of around 800 which can increase with additional support for greater provision.”

The funding shall be reinvested into the programme to expand provision for staff and students at UWE Bristol and the wider community to increase physical activity.

RELAYS (Regional Educational Legacy in Arts and Youth Sport) is an innovative and ambitious project delivered through universities and cultural organisations in the south west of England. It aims to inspire young people and their communities to participate in, create and promote cultural and sporting activities; engaging the region with the London 2012 Games and creating a lasting legacy beyond 2012. RELAYS focuses on three main areas of engagement – sport, culture and business.

For more information about UWE Bristol's Centre for Sport, please visit www.uwe.ac.uk/sport

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