February 2011 For immediate release Leeds Met Secures Sport Development Funding

Leeds Metropolitan University has secured National Lottery funding from Sport England in an effort to increase participation in sport amongst students.

Carnegie Rackets Sports Development Project is being backed by Sport England¶s £10 million Active Universities campaign , along with 40 other projects, to get more university students playing sport, as part of the mass participation legacy from the London 2 012 Olympic and Paralympics Games. Carnegie Rackets Sports Development Project will use the £140, 650 to offer taster sessions, social activities, intramural leagues and events across five racket sports ± badminton, tennis, table tennis, squash and racket ball.

The project will develop opportunities for players of all levels while also addressing the barriers that prevent students participating in sport. It will also ensure links are created within the community to allow students who choose to stay in the area after graduation a seamless transition into community clubs.

Sarah Humphreys, Sports Participation Officer, said: ³This project not only demonstrates the potential to deliver across five different sports, but also to establish clear pathways for student engagement to continue post -university with the assistance of local clubs and sporting partners. It¶s a win -win situation

for all involved in the project, and we are thrilled at being awarded Sport England lottery funding to get it off the ground.´

The Active Universities projects will give tens of thousands of students across the country the chance to try out a new sport, or get back into one they¶ve tried before.

Boosting student participation will have a lasting impact on grassroots sport because research shows that students who do play sport at university are far more likely to continue participating throughout their lives . It will also help tackle the issue of drop -off in sports participation that sees many young people giving up sport in their late teens and early twenties. Sport England¶s Chief Executive, Jennie Price, said: ³Young adults who are still playing sport when they leave university are likely to stick with it for life, so this is a good investment in the future. These projects have been chosen because they really listened to what students wanted, so we are confident they will succeed in increasing participation.´

The announcement was welcomed by the Minister for Sport and the Olympics, Hugh Robertson MP and Olympic Gold medallist, Amy Williams.


For further details please contact Mark Dorey in the News and Media team at Leeds Met on 0113 812 3021 or email m.dorey@leedsmet.ac.uk
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Leeds Metropolitan University has 30,000 students and over 300,000 associate students through its p artnerships with 24 colleges.


The University has achieved its best ever Research Assessment Exercise results. Sports-Related Studies is in the top 6 institutions in the country with research rated at the highest levels of 4* and 3*.


The University¶s award-winning learning environments include the iconic Rose Bowl building, awarded Best Commercial Property Development in the 2009 Yorkshire Property Awards; Broadcasting Place, winner of the 201 0 Leeds Architecture Awards New Building category and the pioneering Carnegie Village student accommodation.


Leeds Metropolitan is one of only a handful of UK universities to have been awarded the Carbon Trust Standard.


The University is home to The UK Centre for Coaching Excellence for sport and disability sport and is 2nd in the British University and Colleges Sport (BUCS) rankings.

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