Stephen Timms MP has expressed his delight that the University of East London has been successful in its bid for investment from Active Universities, a £10m National Lottery funding round run by Sport England, to get more university students playing sport. 

Students at the University of East London are being urged to take part in sporting activities after the university secured £245,789 National Lottery funding from Sport England.

Along with 40 other projects, Try a Sport 365 is being backed by Sport England’s £10 million Active Universities fund to get more university students playing sport, as part of the mass participation legacy from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Try a Sport 365 is aiming increase sports participation in students all year round by offering taster and social sessions in Olympic and Paralympic sports. 

Research shows that just over 70% of students remain in the East London area upon graduation, so encouraging students to discover sport while at university will ensure continued participation in sport is sustained.

Speaking after the announcement, Stephen Timms, MP for East Ham, said: 

“This investment will give many students here in East London the chance to try out a new sport, or get back into one they’ve tried before. It seems fitting that students from UEL will benefit as the UEL Stratford campus is only a short walk from the Olympic Park and the Docklands campus is but a stones throw away from the Excel – another Olympic venue.”

University of East London Director of Sport, David Cosford, said:

“When it comes to sport we know exactly what our students want to do, when they want to do it, and how they want to do it, when it comes to sport. Try A Sport 365 will give year-round opportunities to our students rather than following the typical academic calendar. We will also aim to give every student the opportunity to try every Olympic sport through taster sessions, tournaments, drop in sessions, learn to sessions and many more innovative examples of engagement to break down barriers to participation.”

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