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P5. Physical Activity Inclusion
1 January, 2013
Submitted: 5 September, 2013
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. Around 30% of Colleges now have Healthy FE plans which include activities for employees. Examples include sport sessions at lunchtimes, cycle schemes and dance/aerobics classes. The College Sport maker programme, introduced this year, has led to 166 new posts in Colleges, many of whom are now introducing staff health programmes to complement the offer for students. 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.
There are 23 Colleges with over 70% of their cohort from BME communities, and although AoC's customers and stakeholders include all Colleges in England, associate members and external partner organisations, through the inclusion pledge we hope to work specifically with these 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. Over 90% of Colleges now have a link with their CSP, and 81% of them have secured funding for community sport activities.
We have also been promoting community use of college sport facilities, and have seen a rise this year in the number of college facilities that are open to community use. 91% of College synthetic pitches and 81% of College sports halls are now open for the community to use.
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):
AOC sport survey
Sport England student survey
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)
Women, Men, Children and young people, BME communities, disabled people, people from deprived communities
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.
AoC sport survey has shown:
Colleges offer an average of 462 activities per year, 41 different clubs and sessions, across 17 different sports.
Over 150,000 students now participate, up from 120,000 in 2011
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