University Sport Activation Fund

In the 2012-17 Sport England Youth and Community Strategy, Sport England showed its commitment to working in partnership with the HE sector and set itself an objective of three quarters of university students aged 18-24 will get the chance to take up a new sport or continue playing a sport they played at school or college. 

Sport England recognises that universities play a significant role in maintaining and growing student interest in sport. University sport can encourage students to continue playing sport upon leaving school or college, as well as engage students who do not play sport regularly to take up a new sport that appeals to them.

The University Sport Activation Fund is a £15 million revenue fund aimed at universities, to challenge themselves continue to enhance their sport offer to appeal to more HE students, and demonstrate the value that sport plays within wider university objectives. We hope that by doing this we will start to create a sporting habit for life amongst more HE students.

The University Sport Activation Fund opens on 6 January 2014, and all the information on how to apply will be available at this time.

Sport England will be holding pre-application workshops, these will be held on:





10 January 2014


CCT Smithfield Venue

10.00 – 12.00


16 January 2014


Hilton Garden Hotel

10.00 – 12.00

1.00- 3.00

17 January 2014


The studio

10.00 – 12.00

1.00- 3.00

23 January 2014


Manchester Velodrome

10.00 – 12.00

1.00- 3.00

Booking for these events has now closed. Please refer to the resources below for further information or contact our funding helpline if you have any queries: 03458 508 508 or email the funding inbox.