College will get share of £735,000 from Sport England

A BOROUGH college has been chosen as one of few colleges in the region to receive a funding boost to back sports for young people.

TyneMet College will receive a share of £735,000 from Sport England to help pay for College Sport Makers, who will be responsible for helping students get involved with sport over the next five years.

The funding is part of a £1bn, five year Youth and Community Strategy to increase sport participation of youngsters and inspire a new generation of athletes.

Mark McCutcheon, head of the North East Sports Academy (NESA) at the college, said: “We actively promote sporting opportunities for our students through NESA and our coaching staff.

“However, the College Sports Maker initiative will help us to ensure that those students who do not currently participate in much sport and activity for a range of reasons are prioritised.

“We are excited about this initiative and it will be of real benefit to a wide range of students.”