Improving mental wellbeing for students

Improving physical and mental wellbeing for students is top of the agenda at Tameside College in Greater Manchester

We’re investing £61,655 of National Lottery funding into ‘GO Tameside’ – a new programme that focuses on removing the barriers to taking part in sport and activity.

State of play

We know that students who go to college are more inactive than students who go to sixth form or university.

Almost one-fifth of further education students in the UK do less than the recommended 30 minutes of physical activity a week – and almost two-thirds of the inactive group do nothing at all. 

But we know that it only takes a small amount of regular activity to make a big difference, especially for those who are least active.

Outstanding support

The 'GO Tameside' programme will offer outstanding support to students and actively promote the link between positive mental wellbeing and physical activity.

Tameside College is one of the 49 further education colleges we're funding to help get students active.

Almost one-fifth of further education students in the UK do less than the recommended 30 minutes of physical activity a week

Luke Podmore, sports development officer, said: “We’ve developed an active culture for 16-19 year olds here at Tameside College.

“It’s been a key part of the college strategy, which has not only promoted healthier lifestyles but supported social, personal development. 

“This award will allow us to offer a wider range of activities to meet the diverse needs of our learners.”

Students lead the way

Students have been at the heart of designing the programme.

Activities planned are designed with the student lifestyle in mind, taking into account the times of day available to do exercise and the structure and length of different activities.

Ambassadors will also build upon the college’s current work and support groups to make sure some of the least active and under-represented voices are heard.

Follow up

Check back in six months for an update on the impact the programme is having and the difference it’s making to the lives and mental wellbeing of young people in Tameside.