The University of Strathclyde Sports Union has been granted project funding to support a new Active Campus project from 2020, aimed at increasing student and staff participation in sport and physical activity.
Working in partnership with Strath Union and Strathclyde Sport, we successfully bid to the University’s strategic project fund to access investment for our flagship StrathActive social and recreational sport programme.
The initiative aims to engage new communities of people at Strathclyde and connect them with regular opportunities to take part in sport and physical activities on campus.
In addition to the well-established club sport programme, the focus of our activity over the next few years will be to develop new and exciting participation level opportunities for individuals to get involved in social and recreational sport, outdoor adventure, intramural events, as well as community volunteering and engagement.
Sports President, Maddy Watson said:
“It is fantastic we have been successful with our application.
We hope that the funding will increase the number of people taking part in organised programmes on campus, overall helping to instil lifelong activity habits and improve the physical and mental wellbeing of our communities.
By working closely with the University and Strath Union, we will have a positive impact on the student experience and this project further cements our reputation for sport following the opening of our state-of-the-art Strathclyde Sport facility in 2018.”
Data collected from the 2018 British Active Students Survey revealed that active students have higher mental wellbeing, social inclusion and greater positive perceptions of academic attainment and employability compared to inactive students.
Evidence shows the positive benefits of physical activity, but barriers and priority areas still remain in higher education institutions.
Investment from the University of Strathclyde will enable the Sports Union and partners to have a truly cross-cutting and impactful intervention on wellbeing and achievement for the whole student body, not just for the individuals already engaged.
Based out of the £31m Strathclyde Sports facility, the University of Strathclyde Sports Union is the coordinating body for organised student sport at the University of Strathclyde.
Strathclyde is one of Scotland’s largest universities with over 23,000 students enrolled across four schools.
For more information on the existing StrathActive programme visit www.strath.ac.uk/strathclydesport.