Bid to get college students into sport

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CHESTERFIELD college students are among tens of thousands across the country who can look forward to improved sporting opportunities thanks to new National Lottery funding from Sport England.

£17m of investment will fund 150 new jobs for full-time sports professionals to act as College Sport Makers over the next five years, helping students to get involved in sport and Chesterfield College is among a group of colleges across the UK which was successful in its bid for such a position.

College students play the least sport of young people aged 16 and over who are in education. Research shows that around 65 per cent of school pupils aged 16 and over do sport at least once a week, compared to 53 per cent of higher education students and 50 per cent of college students.

Participation is lower among young women than men at college so the new workers will have a specific remit to ensure the sporting opportunities are attractive to young women and are marketed effectively to them.

Trevor Clay, principal at Chesterfield College said it was ‘fantastic news.’