Thousands of pounds will boost university sports

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STUDENTS at the University of Portsmouth have a better chance than ever to get back on to the sports fields and pitches.

The university’s sport and recreation department has won £140,000 National Lottery funding from Sport England to help attract students back into playing sport or to take up a new sport for the first time.

The money has come from the £10m Active Universities fund which aims to inspire students across England to play sport as part of the mass participation legacy from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Paul Tilley, head of sport, said: ‘Winning this funding is great news. We will receive about £140,000 to kick-start the project, including funding for one full-time member of staff over three years.

‘We will be looking to do more female-only programmes and have a real drive to engage with first year students through halls of residence activities and international students with a big focus on cricket, table tennis, badminton and basketball.’

At the University of Portsmouth, 250 men play football in some capacity for the university but another 250 men are on the waiting list.

The extra lottery funding will help ensure all who want to play are given a chance to.

Another of Portsmouth’s projects will be a four-sport inter-university event in which students compete against Southampton University.

The University of Chichester is also celebrating after securing a similar fund worth £72,000.