Lilian Greenwood MP has welcomed news that the University of Nottingham has been successful in its bid for investment from Active Universities, a £10m National Lottery fund run by Sport England, to get more university students playing sport.
University students in Nottingham are being urged to give sport another go after a project secured £247,600 in National Lottery funding from Sport England. Along with 40 other projects, Nu2sport is being backed by Sport England’s £10 million Active Universities fund to get more university students playing sport, as part of the mass participation legacy from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Nu2sport will be run jointly by the University of Nottingham, Nottingham Trent University and Sport Nottinghamshire, offering entry level sport activities across 11 sports, including football, rugby union, judo and swimming. The project will benefit more than 3,000 students and staff with an additional 48 coaches and 150 student volunteers recruited to help deliver activities. Nu2sport will also ensure links to local sports clubs are established to sustain participation in sport.
Lilian Greenwood said:
“It is great to hear that students in Nottingham will benefit from the Active Universities initiative. Improving participation in sport was a cornerstone of London’s 2012 bid and I’m pleased that our city will be at the heart of this project.”
“Improving participation amongst students will have a real impact on grassroots sport with research showing that students who play sport at university are far more likely to continue participating throughout their lives.”
“Sport England and the National Lottery should be commended for investing in such an innovative and exciting project that will benefit our young people, not just now, but for years to come.”
University of Nottingham Director of Sport, Dan Tilley, said:
‘We are delighted to have secured funding to deliver the Nu2sport project. Aside from the ability to address the issues of inactivity and engagement amongst our students, one of the most exciting elements is the partnership between the two universities and Sport Nottinghamshire. It allows us to deliver a much more flexible, inclusive and comprehensive offer. We are grateful to Sport England for their support and funding, and to BUCS who have been central to securing this funding.”
Sport England’s Chief Executive, Jennie Price, said:
“Young adults who are still playing sport when they leave university are likely to stick with it for life, so this is a good investment in the future. These projects have been chosen because they really listened to what students wanted, so we are confident they will succeed in increasing participation.”