It has just been revealed that Bishop Burton College, near Beverley, has won over £100,000 in funding from Sport England for a sport development officer.
James Earl, the college’s director of sport and sporting partnerships, said: “Obviously, the students that are signed-up on courses with our department are already engaged in keeping active.
“But there are a whole host of young people out there - a former colleague of mine used to call them the ‘need-a-nudge-kids’ - who wouldn’t dream of signing up for a sporting activity.
“This funding has secured the employment of somebody for the next five years who will have the job of getting the students active. There is the natural spin-off that they will hopefully develop lifelong skills for keeping healthy, as well as the added bonus that we might discover some hidden talent out there.
“Who knows, we might have somebody studying with us who has never played, for example, squash but they might actually be a potential champion. It’s a very exciting prospect.”
Bishop Burton College principal and chief executive Jeanette Dawson OBE has been involved in improving access to sports for students at a strategic national level.
Sport England is focused on helping people and communities create a sporting habit for life. It plans to invest over £1 billion of National Lottery and Exchequer funding between 2012 and 2017 in organisations and projects that will help more people have a sporting habit for life, develop talent, provide facilities and support local authorities.
For further information visit www.sportengland.org