Sports Funding Boosts Participation

26 January 2012

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Participation in sport is on the increase at Derby, as Team Derby channels almost £180,000 of Sport England Active Universities Lottery Funding into increasing opportunities and choice of sport and activities through its Different Degrees programme.

Since September, Team Derby and the UDSU Athletic Union have been working hard to get more staff and students interested in taking part in sport and activity for fun and recreation.

Students are now able to play socially against other Derby teams in netball, rugby, rounders and football, give a new sport a go at dedicated sessions with qualified coaches in 'pay as you play' sessions in squash, golf, rowing, boxing , athletics and tag rugby and join newly launched clubs in boxing and golf.

Team Derby Sports Participation Officer, Alex Molloy, said: "We've seen a fantastic take-up of our new sports and activities so far this year, and we hope that many of the new sports and teams we have launched will take off and gain enough members to become official Athletics Union sports clubs.

"Not only have we been able to offer more sports at our Derby and Buxton campuses, but students have also enjoyed coaching at Kedleston Park, Duffield and Morley Hayes Golf Club and Derby Rowing Club, who we must thank for their support of the Different Degrees initiative."

For more information on activities you can get involved in, visit the team derby website.

Different Degrees is backed by Sport England's £10 million Active Universities fund which aims to get more university students playing sport, as part of the mass participation legacy from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. For more information visit

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