Sports cash boost for Stoke on Trent College

STAFF and students at Stoke on Trent College are celebrating following an announcement that they have secured almost £50,000 to improve sport on campus.

The cash comes after the college put forward a successful bid to Sport England to secure a slice of National Lottery investment worth a total of £426,677 which will benefit hundreds of further education students at colleges throughout the West Midlands.

The funding is aimed at creating better opportunities to get involved in sport, and Anthony Brannen, Assistant Director Sport, Leisure and Public Services at Stoke on Trent College, said the £48,602 secured by Stoke would enable them to launch a wide range of sporting opportunities.

He said:

“We are delighted that our bid has been successful, as this means we can now go ahead and implement a whole range of activities which our students have asked for following a detailed consultation with them. These include sessions in spinning, tag rugby, skiing, handball, tennis, and a range of female only sessions. In addition to weekly sessions, the College also intends to implement a range of inter campus and intra course competitions together with a calendar of one-off events/taster sessions to give students the chance to try new sports and activities. This bid is in addition to a decision by the college to begin building a state-of-the-art indoor sports hall, fitness suite and aerobics facilities at the Cauldon Campus, which mark a £4m investment in the site. The work is expected to be completed ready for the start of the new Autumn term.

Lynn Tindale, Assistant Director Learner Support at Stoke on Trent College, said:

“This funding will enable us to provide a new range of exciting Enrichment Opportunities around the ‘Health and Fitness’ agenda. The College has already been awarded the ‘Healthy FE’ national quality standard in February this year for delivering high quality information, advice and guidance services to learners, and we are very proud to be recognised as one of the best colleges in the West Midlands region.”

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