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Students bring their A-game to make Royal Holloway's be.active programme a success

Posted on 19/11/2012

A year after its launch, Royal Holloway’s be.active programme boasts more than 2000 users and over 600 members as it goes into its second year.

A sports programme designed to provide a fun and social way to exercise, be.active is part of the nationwide Active Universities campaign funded through Sport England. With over £8 million of investment from the National Lottery, the aim is to encourage more students across the UK to get fit and improve participation among young people, who often give up sport in their late teens and early twenties.

be.active offers students at Royal Holloway the chance to try eight sports including basketball and badminton as well as 5-a-side football and dance exercise classes such as Zumba. All the equipment is provided, with the option of ‘pay as you play’ or a yearly £30 membership.

As well as seeing an increase in the amount of participants throughout the year, organisers say it has also been a great platform for volunteering in sport. For example, this term, 28 students put themselves forward as volunteers, giving up a combined 172 hours of their time.

Kate Carey, Sports Activator at Royal Holloway said: “I am delighted with the way the first year of be.active has gone. It has been fantastic to see the enjoyment everyone is getting from the activities as well as the impressive commitment shown by our student volunteers.

“I am optimistic that our numbers will continue to grow this year and the programme will go from strength to strength.”

More than 46,000 university students have got involved in the first year of Sport England’s Active Universities campaign. In their report, Royal Holloway is shown to have exceeded targets for be.active, having almost engaged double the number of participants predicted.

Indeed feedback from participants and volunteers has been very positive. One volunteer said the scheme “had a lot to offer students at Royal Holloway...making sport more accessible” and providing the opportunity to “keep fit, meet new people and try out new sports and activities that they might have avoided otherwise.”

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