Together Trust’s Bridge College has been given £50,000 of National Lottery funding by Sport England to encourage students to get at least 30 minutes of exercise each week.
Sport England’s new strategy ‘Towards an Active Nation’ puts tackling inactivity at the heart of what they do. As part of this initiative, Sport England is investing £5 million into projects in colleges that will support their inactive students into regular activity
Run by the leading North West charity, Together Trust, the college based in Openshaw, Manchester is non-residential specialist education college for students aged 16 to 25 years with disabilities, complex needs and autism.
Around one in five colleges are inactive for students and many more from groups that have lower socio-economic status of from ethnic groups that are less likely to be active.
Colleges in the programme will target these groups specifically to reduce the activity gap between them and their student peers.
The vision is to transform Bridge College into a hub for disability sport within Greater Manchester, by both increasing sports participation for the students at the college and members of the community with disabilities.
Principal at Bridge College, Lisa Duncalf, said: “This funding gives us the opportunity to enrich the local community and there is a strong commitment by Bridge College to sustain sports participation for the individuals further than their involvement with the project and throughout their lives.”
Executive director of community sport, Mike Diaper, said: “We are delighted to offer Bridge 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.”
The Together Trust with people with disabilities, complex needs and autism to help them to live the lives they choose – helping support the needs of 2,000 people and their families each year.
For more information about the Together Trust visit www.togethertrust.org.uk or call 0161 283 4848.