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Sport participation in college hits new heights

More college students than ever are participating in sport, according to research showing a fifth are now taking part in physical activities.

The proportion is up from 15% last year as colleges now provide an average of 55 different types of clubs, sessions, teams and events, an increase from 38 in 2012.

Richard Atkins, chair of membership organisation AoC Sport, said: “It is excellent news that participation levels are on the up. But we realise there is still more that needs to be done.

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“In the last year, the number of females taking part in sport and physical activity has fallen from 31% to 30%. While this is only a slight drop, we want to make sure college sport is accessible to everyone at all levels – whether it is taking part in a weekly Zumba class, or being part of the college basketball team.”

Natalie Thornhill

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