AoC Sport is committed to ensuring every student has the opportunity to be physically active. To do this, our work focuses on increasing diversity within our programmes and tackling inequalities.
AoC Sport’s volunteering data shows that female, students from ethnic minority backgrounds and disabled students were under-represented in sport and physical activity volunteer roles in 2019/20. Data from the British Active Student Survey 2020 shows that these groups were also less active than their male, white and non-disabled peers.
The Development Fund is for colleges who are part of the AoC Sport Leadership Academy and who are committed to diversifying their student volunteer workforce.
AoC Sport deliver three ambassador programmes to help diversify the workforce and increase participation amongst underrepresented groups.
The Inclusion Ambassador role is to promote and inspire disabled students in their college to take part in sport and physical activity and to work with staff members at college to ensure all sessions are inclusive for disabled students to attend.
The Mental Health Ambassador role is to promote the benefits of sport and physical activity on mental health and to encourage students in their college to take part in sport and physical activity.
The This Girl Can Ambassador role is to promote and inspire other females within college to participate in sport and physical activity and to raise awareness of the Sport England This Girl Can campaign.
To find out more about the work we do in this area for and for opportunities for your college, please visit our specific pages or contact Diversity and Inclusion Development Officer Shannon Howarth.