Tuesday 1 July 2014
Queen Mary Students’ Union has received £180,000 over three years from Sport England, and an extra £35,000 added to its annual block grant from QMUL, to expand its successful Get Active sports programme. Students will also get the chance to play some of these new sports at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, which offer world-class sporting facilities on their doorstep: QMSU has just secured the use of the London Aquatic Centre for swimming and diving sessions in addition to access to the Copper Box arena, and are working to get preferred access to more facilities.
Get Active offers students a low cost and low commitment opportunity to play sport. The programme currently consists of over forty sessions a week in wide range of sports. The funding will be used remove further barriers to students participating in sport and offer a more diverse and varied programme. Nine new sports - archery, cheerleading, cycling, diving, dodgeball, hockey, jitsu, rowing and swimming – will now be offered alongside football, basketball, tennis, netball and table tennis. Special sessions will also be offered to open up sports to more women and disabled students. Also new for next year, students’ first Get Active session will be free of charge.
Katarina Nordanger, the Union’s Vice President Welfare said “This is fantastic news, the Get Active programme has already done so much to extent sporting opportunities to students. We’re very happy to be able to continue the programme for another three years and expand it further to include brand new sports and make it even more accessible”.
The Union’s Chief Executive, Mike Wojcik, further commented “Universities and Students’ Unions play a vital role in maintaining and growing a student’s love of sport, encouraging them to continue and expand their sporting interests. Sport can also contribute to the development of a community helping students make new friends and feel part of their university. Get Active does both of these things while breaking down the barriers to sport, giving the opportunity for anyone to give it a go, whether they consider themselves to be into sport or not. I am confident this new investment will enhance the experiences of hundreds of students at QMUL over the next three years.”
The new Get Active programme will be launched in September. For updates and the latest information please follow @QMGetActive on Twitter.
All students and staff can use the public facilities at the Park – find out more on their website: http://queenelizabetholympicpark.co.uk/the-park/things-to-do/sports-and-fitness