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.
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In 2022-23, the number of students participating in BUCS Active 5 has surpassed the targets across each of the three interventions.
The projects engaged with 1,533 across the mental wellbeing pillar (target was 1,400), 1,667 across the lower socio-economic pillar (target was 875) and 1,341 across the inactivity in female students' pillar (target was 1,275). That’s a total of 4,541 students which are now taking part in physical activity who might not have done before.
Sean Harris, BUCS Active Wellbeing Manager commented: "The BUCS Active project provides students with not just the opportunity to be physically active, but the confidence to make their university experience better, develop transferred skills and make 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 would like to thank and congratulate the 9 universities who delivered 13 projects, with all surpassing their participation targets through a variety of delivery methods in 2022-23.”
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.