People working in the Further Education (FE) sector have for many years provided a varied and extensive programme of sport for students, with many colleges having established a long tradition of excellence in sport. This provision has generally taken place without the involvement of external agencies locally or nationally.
In recent years, however, there has been increasing pressure on provision for extracurricular sport and enrichment activities due to funding policies that rewarded colleges for the delivery of academic or vocational qualifications. This has led to timetabling pressures, with many colleges losing the traditional Wednesday afternoon sports session, increasing pressures on staff and subsequent lack of volunteers to take teams, and resourcing pressures for kit, equipment and transport costs.
During the last decade, the substantial government funding into school sport and the rise of the School Sports Partnerships (SSPs) in the early to mid 2000s led to the increasing demand for similar support for the 16+ sector. This resulted in the introduction of the FE Sport Co-ordinator (FESCo) pilot programme in 2008. Following the successful pilot scheme in 30 colleges in 2008, there are now more than 360 FESCos working in FE colleges throughout England.
The impact and importance of the FE sector in terms of both the health of the nation and national targets for sports participation has now been recognised by many organisations outside the sector. The value that sport in FE brings in terms of social cohesion, economic vitality, community engagement and other wider benefits are now also becoming clearer.
Editor's comments - [ The Association of Colleges (AoC) and Sport England commissioned Prospects4Sport in October 2009 to understand further the impact of sport in the sector and how colleges can best be supported. The brief was to:
- collate all the existing research relating to sports participation in further education colleges including the current capacity and resources
- identify patterns or relationships in participation, or any potential gaps in data available
- identify practical ways in which the infrastructures supporting college and community sport can help individual colleges
- recommend appropriate actions to improve sports delivery at local and strategic level
- at strategic level: identify improvements to enhance the support to college sport in England, and determine good practice for college–community links
- at participation level: identify how colleges can directly influence student participation.
The scope of the project included formal, informal, competitive and non competitive activities, for both the 16-19 age group and adults within colleges. ] Reference this?Prospects4Sport. (2010). This page title in italics. Retrieved date, from <this page's full URL>
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Reference : Prospects4Sport. (2009). The Future ofFurther Education Sport. London: Association of Colleges/Sport England
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