University wins almost £160k to help its students get active

STUDENTS at the University of Brighton in Hastings will have more chances to play sport thanks to £163,555 of National Lottery funding from Sport England’s University Sport Activation Fund.

The university is one of 54 to benefit from nearly £10 million of funding to help get nearly 180,000 new students playing sport.

For students studying at the university’s Hastings campus this funding means a dedicated member of staff can be appointed, to organise and encourage participation in sporting activities at the campus.

The University of Brighton’s sports department, Sport Brighton, will increase its recreational sports offer through its Parklife programme, which has been shaped after consulting with 800 students across the five university campuses on what would make them more physically active.

Michelle Page, deputy head of sport, said: “This Lottery funding means we can extend our offer and actively respond to the demands of the student population to provide new and innovative ways to get students active. Parklife aims to get more people active.”