Students at Tyne Metropolitan College are being inspired to get up and go after £136,000 of National Lottery funding was secured to boost exercise levels.

Learners will be encouraged to put on their trainers and become more active after the huge cash incentive from Sport England.

Sport England, a public body that invests in better health, wants to reduce the number of learners nationally who are completing less than thirty minutes of activity each week.

The programme will work with those who currently fall below this UK-wide recommended fitness threshold.

At TyneMet, it will aim to positively improve the activity levels of more than 600 learners within the college and across the local area.

Our Sport Development team will regularly consult with students to shape the programme and utilise a wide range of innovative activities to engage and motivate individuals to become more active.

The project also involves working in partnership with the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), which will support the bid with partnership funding of £10,000 to employ a tennis activator who will engage people in the sport through delivery of pop up events, tasters and regular activities.

Audrey Kingham, Principal at TyneMet, said: “We consider this a real privilege to be in receipt of this funding from the National Lottery following a very competitive process.

“The team have worked very hard over recent years to engage and encourage people from our broadest community to engage in activity in order to improve their physical and mental wellbeing.

“This funding will enable us to further develop the foundation stones that have been put into place and will help us to grow the opportunities we have available for all of our students.

“We would also like to take the opportunity to thank the LTA for supporting and contributing to this project in order to use tennis as one of the strands to engage people within the college and the wider community who will be able to benefit from the project aims and ethos.”

The programme is part of Sport England’s new Towards an Active Nation strategy which aims to puts tackling inactivity at the heart of its agenda. It will see £5m invested into projects in colleges that will support inactive students into regular activity.

Research shows almost 20 percent, or roughly 138,000 college students, do less than 30 minutes of physical activity a week, as per England’s Chief Medical Officer’s recommendations. Worryingly, nearly two-thirds of this inactive group do nothing at all. Figures also show students who go to college are more inactive than those who go to sixth form or university.

Mike Diaper, Executive Director of Community Sport at Sport England, said: “We are delighted to offer Tyne Metropolitan College National Lottery funding to help get students active.

“College is a crucial time in a young person’s development.

“It is often the first time that activity is not a compulsory part of their study programme and therefore all too many young people become inactive.

“This funding will allow colleges to be innovative in addressing the needs and desires of their students to help embed activity in their lifestyle in college and for years to come.”

Sport England invests more than £300m of National Lottery and government money each year in projects and programmes that help people get active and play sport.

It wants everyone in England, regardless of age, background, or level of ability, to feel able to engage in sport and physical activity.

To do so, much of its work is specifically focused on helping people who do no, or very little, physical activity and groups who are typically less active - like women, disabled people and people on lower incomes.

More information on the national programme please contact SportEnglandFE.Team@sportengland.org