SFX has been granted £98,000 funding from Sport England to put help increase the level of physical activity among our students, particularly focusing on those who undertake less than thirty minutes of physical activity each week.
Sport England’s new strategy ‘Towards an Active Nation’ puts tackling inactivity at the heart of what they do. It is a focus of the programme that participating colleges will target groups who are generally known to be less active in a bid to reduce the activity gap between them and their student peers.
SFX will invest the funding in the creation of its ‘Active Lives, Active Minds’ project. As an institution, SFX recognises the positive impact physical activity has upon mental and emotional well-being and learning. The project, led by former student and Masters graduate, Shanice Pryce-Royal, aims to boost the number of students engaging in sustained activity by providing an extensive and varied enrichment programme of physical activities that students would otherwise have very little opportunity to take part in outside of the College – this includes Zumba, Hula, Box-Fit, Ice skating, Trampolining and Rock Climbing.
Shanice has already increased the number of activities aimed specifically at female students (who tend to be less active in comparison to male students), including introducing female-only time slots in the fitness suite.
The ‘Active Lives, Active Minds’ project approach will embed physical activity in the programmes of study. Sessions will move away from conventional P.E. into opportunities that are engaging and motivating for specific student cohorts – revolutionising their experience and habit of physical activity. There will also be a wider range of sport-based enrichment activities for students to participate in outside of lessons.
Mike Diaper, Executive Director of Community Sport said: “We are delighted to offer St. Francis Xavier 6th Form College National Lottery funding to help get students active. College is a crucial time in a young person’s development. It is often the first time that activity is not a compulsory part of their study programme and therefore all too many young people become inactive. This funding will allow colleges to be innovative in addressing the needs and desires of their students to help embed activity in their lifestyle in college and for years to come.”