Persuading Rotherham students to get sporty

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A South Yorkshire college is joining a national campaign to get more students playing sport with help from a Lottery grant of over £43,500.

The cash for Thomas Rotherham College in Rotherham is part of a £4 million Sport England project aimed at getting 59,000 new students playing sport.

Over 700 students at the college were quizzed on what was likely to encourage them to play more sport.

As a result facilities will be revamped and free gym induction sessions will be held, while students will be able to use the fitness gym at a discounted rate.

The college is also expanding its outdoor activities, introducing kayaking sessions, while young people will be able to get involved in multi-sport activities with specialist coaches.

And a new student-led volunteer programme will be set up to allow them to develop their own sporting project in return for a coaching qualification.

The college’s head of PE, Glyn Telling Jones, said: “The project is an exciting initiative that will help target specific learners to increase physical activity levels at the college.

“This will have a fantastic impact on the retention and achievement of students as well as making their stay here a valuable and rewarding experience.

“There is a varied offer developed after thorough consultation with our students and we are confident we can raise levels of activity for non-sporty students.”

Further education college students play the least sport of young people aged 16 and over who are in education, according to research.

Sport England’s Active People Survey showed that around 65 per cent of school pupils aged 16 and over enjoyed sport at least once a week, compared to 53 per cent of higher education students and 50 per cent of further education students.

Chief executive Jennie Price said: “By investing in Thomas Rotherham we’re helping to make sport more accessible, more attractive and more convenient to young people.”