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P1. Physical Activity: Community
1 January, 2013
Submitted: 6 May, 2014
Through your physical activity pledges you will be working with employees, customers/consumers and/or local communities. For each group (as applicable) please describe the specific activities or projects you have undertaken over the past year.
For example, employee incentive schemes to promote physical activity, awareness raising activities or improvements to facilites to promote active travel.
AoC has been working with Colleges to encourage them to include employee health and physical activity schemes as part of their sport strategies. The number of colleges with a Healthy FE plan was measured at 32% in 2012, and we have been running strategy development workshops resulting in over 150 colleges (44%) now developing plans to increase student and staff activity levels. College Sport Makers have started to introduce staff activities to encourage college employees to get active. An example of this is at North Warwickshire and Hinckley College, where a a Staff Olympics was organised. The day encouraged staff teams to participate in rounders, golf, skittles, table tennis and many other activities. Staff were able to participate at their own ability with a focus on team cohesion and getting involved.
This resulted in over 160 staff getting involved, many of whom were not previous advocates of sport. As a result of the day many staff members have requested a tailored sports package for their department or are promoting the sports offer to their cohort. The day was endorsed at the Collegeu2019s staff development day by the Principal with a promise for it to return again next year.
At AoC, employees have undertaken charity fun runs and there is a cycle scheme to promote active travel.
For example, supporting/sponsoring local physical activity programmes, promoting physical activity to customers through website campaigns or in-store materials.
AoC's customers and stakeholders include all colleges in England, associate members and external partner organisations. This year we have been working with StreetGames, another responsibility deal partner, on introducing their Us Girls programme into college. We have also been working with the County Sport Partnership Network and supporting CSPs to work more effectively with colleges. We promote physical activity to these bodies through a regular weekly sport briefing and blog posts and twitter. Our publications this year have included new material to help colleges set standards for their provision, and updates on the progress of the national strategy.
For example, support for community-based physical activity programmes (such as funding, sponsorship or other promotion activity), working with local partners to engage communities is physical activity opportunities.
We have encouraged colleges to engage with community sport through promoting partnership working with County Sport Partnerships.
CSPs and colleges have worked together to create 55 new satellite clubs which help college students link to community clubs and vice versa.
There have been 33 other projects resulting in 10,571 new participants this year (FE Activation Fund projects).
Next year, 27 colleges being funded for the first time aiming to deliver 54,000 new participants
Over 90% of Colleges now have a link with their CSP, and 81% of them have secured funding for community sport activities.
Please estimate the number of people that (a) participated in your community programmes:
Please estimate the number of people that (b) were more active as a result of participating:
Please explain how you arrived at these estimates (if unknown, please explain why):
Data has been taken from the College Sport Maker delivery plans and the annual AoC sport survey, completed by 70% of colleges. The figure of 10,571 is the total number of new participants delivered through the Sport England Lottery funded Activation Fund projects.
Please indicate which of the following demographic groups within the local community that you have worked with to promote increased participation in physical activity:
Women, Men, Older adults (65+), Children & young people, Black or Minority Ethnic (BME) Communities, Disabled People, People from deprived communities, Other (please specify)
We work with children and young people, BME communities, disabled people, people from deprived communities.
For example, Walsall College introduced a new activity project for disabled students, and have attracted 116 disabled students to an activity session, once per week, throughout the year. These are new participants.
We would be interested to know if your pledge activity over the last year has delivered a measurable increase in participation in physical activity. If so, please describe and provide an estimate of the level of increase and how you measured this. There is a 2000-character limit when completing this section.
We will be able to measure the increase in participation when the results of our AoC annual survey are collated in July and August 2014. In last year's survey, when data was collected in June 2013 and collated in August 2013, we measured a figure of 15% of full time students were regularly active as a result of college organised activity. This equates to 135,000. We hope and anticipate that this figure will rise to 200,000 in this year's survey.
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