AoC Sport briefing 19/19

Published: 15 May 2019

Social impact of sport and culture

This week the DCMS Committee today has published a report ‘Changing Lives: the social impact of participation in culture and sport’. The report highlights the impact of sport in tackling criminal justice, education and health issues, as well as transforming our towns and cities. The evidence in the report is indisputable about the positive social impact of participation in culture and sport. Government investment and policy from all departments needs to recognise the value of sport and harness its power to address long-standing issues in society.

We know from our research that participation in sport and physical activity has a positive impact on students physical and mental health, but it goes further than that and increases levels of attainment, employability and social inclusion. There are also examples of colleges using the power of sport to support their local communities by providing holiday activities for children.

To view the full report click here

British Active Student Survey report

The physical activity habits of Further Education students have been explored through the British Active Students Survey 2018/19. The report also explores the impact of sport and physical activity on physical and mental health, academic and employability prospects.

The report, produced by the ukactive Research Institute and delivered in partnership with Sport England and Matrix Fitness, surveyed 3,661 college students on their physical activity levels, as well as various measures of mental wellbeing.  The evidence shows that physical activity could be a major tool in battling rising levels of loneliness among younger people, with active students 21% less likely to report feeling lonely all the time

The research also found a raft of additional mental health benefits for students who regularly exercise. Active students rated their life satisfaction significantly higher than less active students, while also reporting higher levels of happiness, increased perception of social inclusion and higher grade expectations.

To view the full report click here.