Marjon Activate

Overview of Project

The objective of the project is to increase the percentage of students participating in recreational sporting opportunities both at the University of St Mark and St John (Marjon) campus and various community sports clubs. The project will provide more flexible sporting opportunities through use of an interactive website, which allows students to engage in an informal basis.

What are the project’s targets groups?

The project is targeted at all students at the University, with a particular focus on those students who do not normally participate in sport regularly.

What is the project’s delivery style?

The project format and delivery has been adopted from a tried and tested existing model (Falmouth and Exeter Sports Initiative (FLEXSI), The project offers a flexible and informal approach in the delivery of sport(s) and / or physical activities both on and off the main campus. The University will deliver a 40 week multi- sport(s)/physical activity programme in a flexible and informal manner each year, which will enable students to engage on their own terms without commitment. By offering a wider portfolio of activities, it is hoped that the sporting offer / pathway is more attractive to individuals who currently do not participate.

How will the project consult with students on an on-going basis?

The Marjon Activate Sports Development Officer will be working in close liaison with students studying sports development courses who will be assisting the SDO as voluntary Activators and administrators. It is planned that this group of students will assist the SDO to regularly survey the student population through on line questionnaires, focus groups, various on line forums and through direct contact. This will enable the Marjon Activate SDO to respond to the needs of a changing student population on a regular basis.

What is the projects USP?

The projects USP is the wide range of activities it can offer students, including activities that may normally challenge many students financially or logistically. Activities such as skiing, snowboarding, sailing and horse riding which are catered for off campus will become accessible due to subsidised travel and activity prices. The flexible nature of the project is also another major advantage.

What difference will the project make over three years?

Ultimately the project is expected to increase participation in sport and recreational activities within the student community. However, we expect the health and well-being of the student population within the University to improve as well as introducing or reintroducing students to regular physical activity. With the ideas and choices of activities being student driven through the research which is being conducted regularly, there is an expectation that activities which start as recreational group activities will develop into formal established university sports clubs which are self-sustaining in the future and provide students with a clear progressive route to participation in formal/competitive sport.

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