Further education and sixth form colleges across the east of England are being invited to bid for a share of £5.8 million of National Lottery investment from Sport England’s Further Education Activation Fund.
The fund aims to boost the number of students taking part in sport by helping colleges to design and develop projects tailored to the sporting needs of their students.
Sport England’s Active People Survey shows that college students play the least sport of students aged 16 and over.
Almost two thirds of school pupils aged 16 and over take part in sport at least once a week, compared to 52 per cent of higher education students and 50 per cent of further education students.
Minister for Sport Helen Grant said: “We want people to develop a sporting habit for life. We know there is a challenge to address the drop off rate of people participating in sport after they leave school but the Further Education Activation Fund will make a difference on that front.
“It encourages innovative thinking and projects to help keep young people playing sport and bring others back participating.”
Mike Diaper, director of community sport at Sport England, added: “Colleges are hubs for their communities, supporting people of all ages, and have the potential to influence the sporting habits of both young people and adults.
“This fund will help colleges provide practical, innovative, affordable and attractive sporting opportunities that fit in with their busy lifestyles.”
The funding is part of Sport England’s five-year £1 billion Youth and Community Strategy which is helping more people than ever to get involved in sport.
Applications are now being accepted to the Further Education Activation Fund and will close on January 20, 2014. To find out more and to make an application visit www.sportengland.org/funding/our-different-funds/