Association of Colleges
P1. Physical Activity: Community
1 January, 2013
Submitted: 19 December, 2011
There are 347 Further Education and Sixth Form colleges in England. AoC will support colleges to implement the national strategy Growing sport, Growing colleges", which includes the development of community links as one of its seven strategic areas.AoC is committed to the Physical Activity: Community pledge We will use our local presence to get more children and adults more active, more often including engaging communities in planning and delivery and we will deliver this by:Ensuring that the local presence and role of colleges is recognised locally amongst community sport partners. Colleges are community organisations and work successfully in partnership with local employers and community groups to ensure quality education and employment outcomes for students.Collating information regarding good partnership working which has resulted in more activity, in order to ensure similar activity happens elsewhereDelivering pilot projects in partnership with Sport England, to help colleges deliver more activity for students which is planned in conjunction with community partnersEncouraging colleges to develop club links (data collected in summer 2011 indicates that colleges, on average, have good links with nine community clubs).working with selected county sport partnerships (CSPs) to provide familiarisation training which leads on to action planning with colleges in their area, focussing on the key strands of participation, leadership, competition pathways and college community links to develop the workforce in sports development.More specifically, AoC will work with:Eight colleges in the North East to examine how they can improve their links with CSPs, national governing bodies of sport, local clubs and employers. Members of staff are being freed up to develop these community links and help students get more opportunities to participate both on and off the college site.Ten colleges in the North West to explore the demand for sport for older students, working in conjunction with the CSPs to ensure that older student activators are trained to organise sporting opportunities in community settings.Selected colleges in the West Midlands to develop student management teams, each of which will have a responsibility to organise more sporting opportunities amongst current non participants. The partnerships with national governing bodies of sport within this project will help to ensure that the new sporting opportunities will involve community groups and lead to the establishment of stronger club links.CSPs to ensure that students can play, lead, coach, officiate and administer sport in community settings. We will do this by helping staff within CSPs and other organisations to get to know their colleges better through familiarisation training and action planning.Our targets for more people, more active under the community pledge are to create 5,000 more participants through the pilot projects, engage 10 CSPs to work more creatively and effectively with colleges, and develop strong relationships with 10 NGBs to help them work on projects to ensure more participants from within the FE sector.