£1.45M FOR ACTIVE CAMPUS NETWORK IN SCOTTISH COLLEGES
The Active Campus Network will be delivered in partnership with Scottish Student Sport and Colleges Scotland. It will strengthen the existing network of sport and physical activity staff already working within the college sector through the appointment of new Active Campus Coordinators.
Central to the daily work of Active Campus Coordinators will be the creation of participation opportunities that improve the physical and mental wellbeing of students and staff. The innovative project will also further enhance the approach colleges take to creating high quality, effective work-based placements for sports students, helping equip them for potential future employment opportunities.
Details of the planned investment were confirmed at Scottish Student Sport’s 2023 Conference by Chief Executive of sportscotland, Forbes Dunlop, who said: “This exciting new partnership will help put sport and physical activity at the centre of college life by giving students across the country the opportunity to get active, significantly benefiting the physical and mental wellbeing of participants.
“It will also create and support job opportunities in colleges across the country as well as providing work-based placements for students, helping to strengthen the already fantastic work being carried out across the college sector. We are looking forward to the first Active Campus Coordinators getting to work this August.”
“We see great value in working closely with sportscotland and this project promises to further strengthen our existing links. We have been greatly encouraged by the uptake from colleges seeking to be part of the network and in time we hope that full coverage can be achieved across our membership. We can’t wait to get started and to play our part in supporting this new national network to be a huge success.”
“We’ve got great partners in sportscotland and Scottish Student Sport, and by working together this project will increase opportunities for activity as part of daily campus life. Colleges are civic anchors, and as well as giving opportunities to students and staff, there will be close working with local communities.