Boxing, badminton and dance could be on the cards at college thanks to £80k investment

Students in the gym at Aylesbury College
Students in the gym at Aylesbury College

An £80,000 lottery grant will mean college students could get to try their hand at several new sports activities.

Sport England’s Further Education Activation Fund awarded the cash to Aylesbury College thanks to investment from the National Lottery.

The money will be used to hire a sports co-ordinator over a three-year period to develop sporting activities while raising awareness in the college and local area.

Before the grant was awarded, students took part in an extensive consultation exercise which made clear that there was great desire to create a more active and sporting college environment. Students said they would like to try boxing, badminton, dance, football and gym and fitness.

Aylesbury College principal Karen Mitchell said: “This lottery funding will help us to increase our sports activity in the college, and in turn the health and well-being of our young people, while complementing the wide range of sport courses we offer.”

The appointed sports co-ordinator will also work closely with outside partners including the County Sports Partnership, Aylesbury Vale District Council, Bucks UTC, local schools and commercial leisure providers. These links will help make students aware of the benefits of facilities and services within the local community.

Sport England’s Further Education Activation Fund aims to boost the number of students taking part in sport by assisting colleges to design and develop projects tailored to the sporting needs of their students.

Sport England chief executive Jennie Price said: “Our investment in further education and sixth form colleges is vital if we are to get more young people playing sport.

“By investing in Aylesbury College we’re helping to make sport more accessible, more attractive and more convenient to young people.”