£80,000 fund to encourage over-16 sport

Calderdale College
Calderdale College

Calderdale College has been awarded £80,000 as an incentive to get students more involved in sport.

The Halifax-based college is one of a number of colleges to benefit from a £4 million sport investment from the National Lottery.

Grant Soames, Inspire Centre general manager at Calderdale College, welcomes the new funding. He said: “The College will be offering a broad range of Wednesday afternoon enrichment activities for all students including swimming and fitness classes at the Halifax Pool at a subsidised rate of one pound.”

The Sport England’s Further Education Fund is among 62 projects which aim to promote sport and physical activity to students across England.

The Sport England’s Active People Survey found that two in three (65 per cent) school pupils aged 16 or over do sport at least once a week, but for those in higher education this is only half of students.

Sport England chief executive, Jennie Price, said: “Our investment in further education and sixth form colleges is vital if we are to get more young people playing sport. By investing in Calderdale College we’re helping to make sport more accessible, more attractive and more convenient to young people as they move from school to college.”

Over 100 colleges have benefitted from the financial funding which has also enabled colleges to share facilities and expertise and work more closely together in the pursuit to raise the bar on students’ fitness.