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Sport England

Sport England have funded the Sport Development Team at BUCS since 2010 to raise the profile of higher education sport. The aim alongside this has been to increase and sustain the level of participation of students through higher education and to measure the impact that sport has.

Sport England is investing £493m into 46 National Governing Bodies (NGBs) between 2013 and 2017. NGBs are critical in helping Sport England achieve their goal of more people developing a sporting habit for life. These investments in the 46 sports will be made following a robust and challenging process to assess the quality of their plans and their ability to deliver for community sport and talent development. To view Sport England's strategy 2012-17 click here

Higher Education Sports Participation & Satisfaction Survey (HESPSS)

Sport England commissioned TNS BMRB to conduct a three year study to examine the impact of funding on sports participation and satisfaction amongst all students in HEIs participating in the Active Universities themed funding round. The second year of the survey was conducted online, in November 2012 and April/May 2013, with each wave lasting three weeks (1st year conducted November 2011 and May 2012). 41 projects have been funded through Active Universities and in Year 2 52 HEIs took part in the study. 

The Year 2 report summarises the key national findings from the second year of the study, with comparison to the first (baseline) year. Overall 31,448 students participated in the survey across the two waves in Year 1 and 37,163 in Year 2. To view this report click here

Active Universities

In 2011 Sport England invested £8 million of Lottery funding into 41 projects as part of Active Universities. The projects were tasked with encouraging students to try new sports and continue to play sport throughout their time at university. All of these projects will ran until 2014.
Reports on the Active Universities projects are published every six months and demonstrate the overall progress of the 41 projects, as well as providing good practice examples of what works when delivering sport to students. The latest Active Universities report can be found here
The projects are also required to take part in the Higher Education Sport Participation and Satisfaction Survey which measures student participation and satisfaction across the university population. The purpose of this survey is to understand the impact the project has on sport participation numbers across the whole university landscape, not just amongst the Active Universities projects. There is a separate annual report for this survey. All of these documents can be downloaded below.

HE Sport Audit 2012

Sport England worked with BUCS to encourage universities in England to complete an HE Sport audit in October 2012. Sixty-five universities completed the audit which has provided Sport England with a wealth of information for the following purpose:

- To help make the case for further Sport England investment into the HE sector in 2014

- To refresh the information NGBs currently have about sport delivery in universities

- To maximise the partnership between Sport England, BUCS and the HE sector

Through the data provided Sport England and BUCS are working together to further understand some of the challenges facing university sport and involve other sport partners to help solve these. For example, coaching.

Sport England have developed fact sheets to highlight the key findings from the audit. These have been themed to bring together all the data submitted within each university audit return, you can download these below.

- Workforce

- Place

- Partnerships

- Sport Provision & Aspirations

 - Student Experience


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