Colleges in Scotland launch new sport scheme initiative

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North East Scotland will be one of 13 colleges in Scotland to take part in a new sport initiative launched last week by Minister for Sport, Health Improvement and Mental Health, Jamie Hepburn.

The scheme aims to promote physical activity and sport among students, providing them with the opportunity to participate in sporting activity and cross-college competitions on Wednesday afternoons.

The project is coordinated and supported by Scottish Student Sport, which works with colleges and universities to foster, promote and develop student sport and physical activity.

Initially five sports will be involved – football, badminton, basketball, rugby and volleyball, with some teams having already started to compete.

There are also plans to extend to include other sports as the project progresses. It is hoped that students’ associations will support students who are interested in setting up their own sports club in a different discipline.

A spokesperson for North East Scotland College said:

“North East Scotland College has a regional student programme for Basketball, Football, Rugby and Badminton.

“We have already held a cross-college basketball match between Aberdeen and Fraserburgh and we are in the process of planning a cross-college badminton match with other events lined up for later in the year.

“We are committed to providing new opportunities to increase sporting activity and have appointed a Sports Coaching Coordinator who coordinates with Student Sport Scotland on various sporting activities.

“In addition, we have a Healthy Working Lives programme which allows students and staff to take part in a number of activities including fitness sessions, high intensity training, badminton, football, basketball, volleyball, and one-to-one programmes in both Aberdeen and Fraserburgh.”

The sports sessions are optional and those not interested in sport will be supported to take part in other extra-curricular activities of their choice that will also add to a positive student experience.

Scottish Student Sport is supported by sportscotland and Scottish Funding Council.