Since 2018, BUCS and Sport England have set out to deliver positive impact across three key areas: inactivity in female students, using physical activity to improve mental wellbeing and increasing the number of students from lower socio-economic backgrounds engaging in sport and physical activity.
We are now delighted to share the BUCS Active 4 Impact Report for 2021-22:
In 2021-22, the number of students participating in BUCS Active 4 has soared across each of the three interventions.
We have engaged with 6,502 across the mental wellbeing pillar (target was 3,500), 1,893 across the lower socio-economic pillar (target was 1,750) and 4,044 across the inactivity in female students' pillar (target was 3,500). That’s a total of 12,439 students which are now taking part in physical activity who might not have done before.
Sam Bell-Minogue, Director of Delivery at BUCS, is full of praise for the outcomes of BUCS Active 4: “The BUCS Active project provides students with not just the opportunity to be physically active, but the confidence to make both their university experience better, and their own life experiences more rewarding.
We are extremely grateful for Sport England’s continued support and investment which has been integral to the project's success. We also know that this whole project would not have been possible without the buy in and commitment from the 22 universities delivering initiatives on the ground in 2021-22 and the many more that have been involved since 2018.”
We look forward to continuing our work with Sport England and universities across the UK as we work together towards a common goal of getting more students active.
You can find out more about the BUCS Active project and how your institution can get involved here.
To celebrate and profile the fantastic work institutions are delivering within BUCS Active, we are hosting a network day at Aston Villa FC, Villa Park, on Tuesday 28 March. The day will bring BUCS members together to facilitate networking around physical activity within Higher Education.
More information and booking details can be found here.