Lottery boost for University of Nottingham sport

26 Jun 2014 15:27:54.707
University of Nottingham students will have more chances to play sport thanks to £296,680 of National Lottery funding from Sport England’s University Sport Activation Fund. 
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The University is one of 54 universities to benefit from almost £10 million of funding aimed at getting nearly 180,000 new students playing sport.


The funding will directly benefit the University’s IN2Sport programme, run in partnership with Nottingham Trent University. IN2Sport will offer students the chance to take part in sport without the commitment of regular training. Weekly sessions in sports such as badminton, futsal, netball, handball, rounders, tennis and lacrosse will be offered at both universities with sessions run by student volunteers.


The programme targets those students who are interested in sport but may not wish to play in a university team, those who have been unsuccessful at club trials as well as students who are unsure of their standard of play or want to move up a level from what they are already doing.


Sam Bell-Minogue, Assistant Director of Sport (Participation) at the University, said: “This Lottery funding means we can provide an inclusive programme for all university students. Having listened to the students’ voice we can now offer them access to sport-specific coaches in a broad range of activities, inspiring them to start and enjoy sport and increase their levels of activity.


“We believe IN2Sport will improve the health and well-being of our students, raising their aspirations and their quality of life.”


Currently just over half of higher education students take part in sport at least once a week. The funding will support projects to increase this level of participation by trialling new methods of getting students into sport and offering a wider variety of opportunities to keep them playing sport during their time at university.  It will also help tackle the issue of many young people giving up sport in their late teens and early twenties.


Sport England Director of Community Sport, Mike Diaper, said: “We know universities play a vital role in maintaining and growing a student’s love of sport. They can encourage them to continue playing once they’ve left school or help those less sporty discover a new sport. By investing in The University of Nottingham we’re helping students develop a lifelong sporting habit while they study.”


Karen Rothery, Chief Executive of British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS), said: “Universities have really risen to the challenge to increase sport participation, firstly through Active Universities, and now through the University Sport Activation Fund. We at BUCS are delighted that our work with Sport England over the past five years has resulted in such a success story, and are confident that we will continue to enhance the student experience through sport in many creative ways throughout the life of the University Sport Activation Fund delivery.”


This project forms only a small part of The University of Nottingham’s six year vision for sport. Over the past year a significant amount of funding has allowed improvements of the facilities at both the Jubilee Campus and Grove Farm sports fields. These projects play a large part enhancing student sporting experience and the delivery of a wide range and breadth of activity through programmes such as IN2Sport.


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Notes to editors: The University of Nottingham has 43,000 students and is ‘the nearest Britain has to a truly global university, with campuses in China and Malaysia modelled on a headquarters that is among the most attractive in Britain’ (Times Good University Guide 2014). It is also the most popular university in the UK among graduate employers, one of the world’s greenest universities, and winner of the Times Higher Education Award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Sustainable Development’. It is ranked in the World’s Top 75 universities by the QS World University Rankings.


Impact: The Nottingham Campaign, its biggest ever fundraising campaign, will deliver the University’s vision to change lives, tackle global issues and shape the future. More news…


Sport England is focused on helping people and communities across the country create a sporting habit for life. We will invest over £1 billion of National Lottery and Exchequer funding between 2012 and 2017 in organisations and projects that will:


  • Help more people have a sporting habit for life
  • Create more opportunities for young people to play sport
  • Nurture and develop talent
  • Provide the right facilities in the right places
  • Support local authorities and unlock local funding
  • Ensure real opportunities for communities.


The National Lottery has been changing lives for 18 years.  Every week National Lottery players raise over £30 million to help change people's lives across the UK.

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