Sheffield university sport in £300k boost

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Sport at Sheffield University is to receive a £300,000 boost which will double the amount of activities available to its students.

The new funding from Sport England will increase support from eight sports on campus to 19 – with the aim of creating social sporting habits for life.

The university already has 51 sports clubs with more than 3,500 members, while 4,000 students are involved in other activities.

The cash will allow an extra 4,000 students to take part in schemes such as the Give It A Go programme, which provides a range of new sports for students to try. It will also create opportunities for a further 500 student sport volunteers.

Kate Rickard, access sport officer who submitted the bid, said: “This will ensure our students are not only academically excellent, but have a fantastic range of social sporting opportunities available to them during their time at the university.

“Not only will our students be happier and healthier, but it will help them develop employability skills like leadership and teamwork.”

The funding will also pay for two extra members of staff focusing on social sport, as well as providing funding for new equipment.