We are supporting and funding colleges across the country to help more students embrace sport and ensure it is a regular part of their lives.
Further education and sixth form colleges play a significant role in maintaining and growing their students' interest in sport and physical activity, as well as providing opportunities for them to try out new sports. Colleges are key in ensuring that young people make a smooth transition from school to college and on to employment or further study. As a result they can also have a huge effect on reducing the number of young people that drop out of sport as they move through these key transition points.
We work closely with Association of Colleges and British Colleges Sport on the delivery of the National FE Sport Strategy - Growing Sport, Growing Colleges, which aims for all learners in colleges to have access to sporting opportunities. This partnership also advocates and promotes the value of sport to colleges and community sport partners.
Sport England acknowledged the importance of colleges in engaging and retaining people of all ages in sport, especially 14-19yrs, by developing Active Colleges. Active Colleges is a £25 million Lottery investment ring-fenced to benefit students in further education colleges in England. The aim of Active Colleges is an increase in regular participation (at least 30 minutes per week) in sport by further education students in England.
This funding will be deployed through two key strands: