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BUCS ‘Participation Programme of the Year Winners’ 2016/17


We are pleased to announce that we recently won a top award from British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS), the national governing body for higher education sport.

The award recognises the ‘Participation Programme of the Year’ for delivering a breadth of opportunities for students to get involved in social and recreational sport during their time at university.

The “ueactive” programme, co-funded by Sport England, is a big part of our participation programme, which began in September 2014, and sits alongside the Ziggurat student and staff challenge. We were named as winner of the ‘Participation Programme of the Year’ category at the awards ceremony, and we received the trophy from Colin Murray, the host of BBC Radio Five Live’s ‘Fighting Talk’ panel show.

“The link between being active and general health and wellbeing is proven, so we developed this initiative to make it easier for UEA students and staff to make physical activity part of their working day,” said Phil Steele, Director of Sport. “We’re delighted by the response, which has been so good that we now have regular social leagues and tournaments.

“Before we introduced ‘ueactive’, we had limited opportunities available for people who didn’t want to commit to courses and clubs. The success of the programme has resulted in over 4,000 unique participants, more than 26 per cent of the student population, which from a standing start was recognised as the most impactful of all 157 university participation programmes.”

The scheme’s popularity has increased year on year, and we have been working with the wider Sportspark team, UEA and the Students’ Union to encourage under-represented groups to become involved. This year we are expanding our programme to include an inclusive ueaccess focus.

More information about the award winners is available online here.

Pictured: Colin Murray, Rachel Tomes, Becky Wilkinson, James Raywood, Joe Skeet, Jacki Robinson, Camille Koosyial, Phil Steele, Technogym representative