Since September, the University’s Football Activator has set up a programme of projects, which allows students of all abilities to get involved. Mars Just Play sessions on campus let students ‘turn up and play’ at times that suit them, without a membership so they can ‘pay as they play.’
The Activator’s priority each year is to engage new participants in football, via flexible intramural formats and new activities such as futsal.
The University were one of only eight institutions nationally, successful at securing British University & College Sport’s Team Twenty Three intramural equipment package at Category Two level.
Speaking at the launch of this project, Stan Cinnamond, Director of Sport said, ‘As a centre for sporting excellence, the University of St Mark & St John values the strong working relationship that it has with the Devon Football Association and the FA. In collaboration with the Devon FA, the University and the local community that it serves within Plymouth, have benefitted significantly from the various football-related initiatives that have been introduced over the last several years at the University campus.’
This diverse programme of initiatives includes the development of a Foundation Degree in Football Coaching and Development.
Sarah Stocker, UFA for the University added, ‘Devon FA support with Team Twenty Three and Mars Just Play branding has provided more opportunities for students to become involved, as well as developing their game and enhancing their student experience at the University. As a result, participation and performance levels have also increased, demonstrating the rise in quality of the Marjon Football offer, which is now only going to grow.’
Words by Stan Cinnamond
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