UEL wins funding to put on free exercise classes for the community
SportsDock throws opens its doors
By Lee Pinkerton
The University of East London (UEL) has been awarded a grant to put on free exercise classes for the local community in its Docklands-based SportsDock fitness facility.
Funding from British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS), the governing body for university sport in the UK, will allow UEL to host a special event on 24 March with free classes targeting low socio-economic groups and BME communities. There will be gym-based, high-intensity and holistic-orientated classes.
The event will also highlight the importance of exercise in helping mental health, with SportsDock organisers working alongside the Occupational Health Department
Thomas Pratt, SportsDock Centre Manager said, “The University of East London is London’s leading university for civic engagement and UELSports is fully embedded within the community. We are committed to increasing participation in sport and promoting health and well-being, not only to our staff and students, but to the borough of Newham and beyond.
“SportsDock is situated right at the heart of our community and this event will be yet another opportunity for us to actively encourage participants from underrepresented groups to get active.”
BUCS, working in partnership with EMD UK (Exercise, Move, Dance UK), the national governing body for group exercise, is providing funding opportunities for universities in England to run group exercise classes for underrepresented groups. Following an announcement last month, a large number of universities applied for money.
The 12 successful applicants proposed a variety of activities to encourage participants from underrepresented groups, including the disabled and those from BME and low socio-economic backgrounds, to get active through group exercise classes. There will be a mix of projects from one-time mass participation events to a timetable of activities across a number of weeks.
EMD UK Business Development Manager Lucy Carpenter said, "It is really positive to see so many students, societies and staff accessing the funding to create a more active nation within their university community. I felt really inspired reading the applications and overall EMD UK were really impressed with the engaging and well thought-out bids submitted within such a short deadline.”
BUCS Development Manager Amy Seaman said, “It’s great that universities have been given this opportunity to target underrepresented groups within their institutions through group exercise. The variety of projects that this funding will support is fantastic and I look forward to seeing the impact this has on the HE sector becoming more physically active.”
The SportsDock open day will take place on Saturday 24 March, 2.30pm-7.30pm
No advance booking is needed to take part, however a short health questionnaire will need to be filled in prior to participating.