New footballing opportunities for UWE Bristol students

Issue date: 13 November 2013

UWE Bristol's Sports Development Team has been successful in applying for the 'University Football Activator' programme run in conjunction with British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) and the Football Association (FA). This programme, funded by Sport England aims to grow national participation in football by 9,000 new participants over four years. UWE is now able to play a significant part by appointing a 'football activator'.

This post provides a UWE student with a fantastic opportunity to get experience within the sport development industry, work with national partners and enhance their employability post-graduation. Their remit is to run UWE's Mars Just Play football sessions and the Halls 6-a-side League, encouraging and developing new participants into football.

The halls league sits alongside an already jam packed social football programme at UWE, which is open to all students, staff and community members, however this league is the first social sport league to run exclusively for freshers. The introduction of the activator has enabled over 122 individuals to get involved in these two football programmes during the first month.

The success of this programme has been recognised by the FA National Game Youth Council and awarded the 'Football Legacy Programme'. The Football Legacy Programme recognises football provision run 'by young people for young people'.

The activator sits within the sport development team at UWE's Centre for Sport and is an integral part of delivery for our social sport programme and EDGE sports volunteering programme, which enables students and staff to undertake sports coaching and officiating qualifications free of charge.

For more information on social football at UWE please visit our website

For more information on EDGE sports volunteering please visit the webpage

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