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BUCS Active funded projects announced 12/04/2018

12 universities have been successful in receiving BUCS Active funding linked to projects tackling inactive female students and using physical activity to tackle mental health issues. Collectively, these 12 projects will be receiving £125,000 to support activity aimed at targeting over 4,000 new student participants.

This opportunity has been made available through the funding BUCS received from Sport England. BUCS were overwhelmed with the response from members with 44 Expressions of interests received from 40 institutions across England, combining in a request of £470,000 to reach over 18,000 students across the two interventions.

The successful universities who will be receiving BUCS Active funding is as follows:

Tackling inactivity in female students: University of Sussex, University of Warwick, University of Hertfordshire, and the University of Wolverhampton.

Using physical activity to tackle mental health issues:
University of Sunderland, University of Essex, University of Birmingham, University of Bristol, University of Exeter, King's College London, Imperial College London and the University of East Anglia.

Cassell Bailey, Sport England commented: “Sport England are delighted to continue our partnership with BUCS and the HE Sector through the delivery of BUCS Active projects. These projects will make a valuable contribution to Sport England’s vision of a more active nation for everyone.  The 12 projects will support our ambition to work and think differently to address the barriers to being more active and contribute to the Government outcomes for sport; physical wellbeing, mental wellbeing, individual development, social and community development, and economic development”.

Jon Brookstein, Head of Development at BUCS commented “The progressive nature of the higher education sector makes it a perfect environment to deliver targeted physical activity and well-being outcomes that are so important to institutions, Sport England and DCMS. This funding represents a great opportunity for institutions to come up with innovative solutions to challenges that are being felt right across the sporting landscape and we look forward to working with the 12 universities to support their delivery over the next 8 months. We were delighted with the quantity and caliber of proposals received from BUCS members for this funding, further outlining the expertise and potential within the sector to reach challenging audiences with physical activity interventions". 
All projects will be delivered by universities from the end of April through to December 2018. A summary of the successful projects is available to view here.
Over the next eight months BUCS will be working closely with the 12 universities as they deliver their projects with the aim of sharing key challenges and successes with the sector, to help other universities that may be looking to target a similar demographic of students.

The projects will also deliver against the mission statements set out in the Inclusion and Physical Activity & Health strands of the BUCS strategy - to make inclusion and accessibility the norm and enable the HE community to become more active more often.

For further information please contact Amy Seaman, BUCS Development Manager. 
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