Fourteen institutions will be supported with Sport England funding over an 18-month period through the Active Wellbeing Fund.

The aim of the Active Wellbeing Fund is to support institutions to deliver projects that improve the wellbeing of students and staff by tackling inequalities which may exist.

Projects focus on strengthening the connections between physical activity and wellbeing, so students and staff members can feel the benefits of an active lifestyle. The projects are designed to engage targeted audiences via a place-based approach.

We are excited to announce that, through Sport England funding, 14 institutions will be supported from January 2024. Details of each project is here.

Natalie Sinclair, Participatory Programmes Assistant Manager at the University of Huddersfield, highlighted the impact their project, which focusses on engaging and retaining Muslim females in physical activity, will have.

Natalie commented: “This is the first time we have received funding from BUCS for our Active Wellbeing programmes and the support will make a significant impact in our project delivery. Our aim is to increase engagement amongst Muslim women and break down cultural barriers to physical activity. The place-based inspired project will focus on upskilling a female workforce who can deliver an activity programme that is facilitated in a safe space to create a sense of belonging and community.”

Sean Harris, BUCS Active Wellbeing Manager added: “We received several applications for the fund, which highlights the demand and priority of Active Wellbeing initiatives across the membership. We would like to thank all those who applied and congratulate the 14 successful projects. We are keen to continually evolve our support across this pillar of the BUCS Strategy and in addition we look forward to working closely with the project leads to deliver impactful outcomes within their institutions.”

Find out more about how BUCS are supporting institutions across the Active Wellbeing pillar here.

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