The first ever Further Education Sport Survey is underway.
This is an important milestone in ensuring that the ambitions of colleges in Wales and our project partners in Sport Wales are fulfilled. Our aim is to create a step change in the engagement of students in physical activity and sport in the coming period.
Colleges are resolved to ‘raising their game’ in this key area and concerted work is underway – led by ColegauCymru – to make this happen. It’s not widely appreciated that there are more 16-19 year old students studying in colleges in Wales than there are in school sixth forms. Their needs and aspirations need to be fully taken into account.
To that end, this first national survey will allow us to have a baseline upon which we can plan future priorities. The survey itself will focus on participation and volunteering levels in colleges. The data it provides will form the basis for future development of college provision for “active young adults” – a new focus group for colleges and Sport Wales.
The survey should help colleges see more clearly what their cohort of students want to do in terms of sport and physical activity while they are at the college. These priorities will then be supported by various new projects, many of them collaborative with local authorities and sports governing bodies, to meet the needs of this key group of young people.
These are exciting developments that will have a real impact on what colleges do in the period ahead.
More information on the FE Sport Survey is available on the Sport Wales website