New sports maker role at Sussex Downs College

Sussex Downs College Eastbourne campus
Sussex Downs College Eastbourne campus

Sussex Downs College is to get a share of £1.7 million Lottery funding for improved sporting opportunities.

The cash from Sports England will fund new jobs for full-time sports professionals to act as College Sport Makers over the next five years, helping students to get involved in sport.

22 colleges across the south east successfully bid for the cash and the College Sports Makers will help individual sports to market their opportunities to students as well as linking colleges with community sports clubs, running leagues and sports groups and offering coaching for certain sports.

Every College Sport Maker will be expected to help hundreds of students to make sport a bigger part of their lives.

Research shows that college students play the least sport of young people aged 16 and over who are in education.

Richard Lewis, chair of Sport England, said, “Too many teenagers drop out of sport when they leave school, as it gets squeezed by competing demands like studying, work and relationships. We want College Sport Makers to remind young people how much fun sport is so they develop a sporting habit for life.”