COLLEGE students can look forward to better opportunities to get involved in sport thanks to a £55,000 funding boost.
Hartlepool Sixth Form College, in Blakelock Road, has been awarded the National Lottery investment from Sport England’s Further Education Activation Fund.
The college is one of 62 projects at further education and sixth form colleges across England to benefit from £4m of funding to help get 59,000 new students playing sport.
It has been welcomed by sport leaders at the town college who will use it to appoint a new female sport activator - a role which will target increasing female student’s participation in recreational sport and physical activity.
The new appointment will work across Hartlepool Sixth Form College and Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form in Darlington.
Joe Cooke, from the College, said: “It is fantastic news to be awarded this funding from Sport England.
“The enrichment offer in both Colleges has really grown over the last 18 months, and with this new appointment we will be able to target those courses which are heavily populated with female students, offering a more varied and tailored enrichment programme to suit their needs.
“We believe our project will improve the health and well-being of our female students, raising their aspirations and their quality of life in college.”
Sport England’s Active People Survey show college students play the least sport of young people aged 16 and over who are in education.
Jennie Price, Sport England chief executive, 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 Hartlepool Sixth Form we’re helping to make sport more accessible, more attractive and more convenient to young people as they move on from school to college.”
Over two rounds of funding, 115 colleges have benefitted from £6.5m of investment and it also aims to enable colleges to work together more closely.
It is also supporting the work of the 153 College Sport Makers who help market sports opportunities as well as linking colleges with community sports clubs. For information call Joe Cooke on (01429) 294444.