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1,100-plus schoolchildren join community sports festival at University

More than 1,100 students visited the University for its Festival of Sport


MORE THAN 1,100 students from schools throughout the south have visited the University of Chichester for the Festival of Sport.

The event, organised by the Institute of Sport, provides year nine and ten students with opportunities to participate in different sports, learn about exercise and its effects on the body in various strength and stamina tests, and find out what facilities and courses are on offer at the University.

Institute of Sport director Professor Mike Lauder said: “We’ve run the Festival of Sport for four years now. The event has grown in that time and we added some new activities this year to cater for an extra 300 students.

“The intention has always been to make sure that students have a good time and that they experience a range of different sports and activities. Hopefully they will learn something as well. It might be something new that they are trying, it might involve a bit of science, or connect with the way we do things at university.

The event provides year nine and ten students with opportunities to participate in different sports

“We hope the students come to a university and see that it can be a fun place and that Chichester itself is a fun place to learn at the same time, which is very much the philosophy of our courses.”

Clare Deacon, the Institute of Sport's placements coordinator, who was the festival's key organiser said: “We had participants from 42 schools. A number of schools return each year. We’ve got good links with these because in many cases the teachers are ex-students of the university.

“A lot of the schools involved with the Festival of Sport take our students on work placements so it’s nice to give them a thank you with a day that allows the pupils to try out all sorts of sports from rugby, football, tennis and cricket to orienteering, climbing and new games like spikeball in a university with all its facilities.”

Pupils also found out what facilities and courses were on offer at the university

Ryan Acquah, who graduated from the University in 2015 and is now Head of PE at Bourne Community College said: “This is our third year at the Festival of Sport. We’ve brought 50 students who have selected to take part in GCSE or BTEC PE in year 10.

“It’s a fantastic event. Our students have an opportunity to get a feel for a university campus and try different things. There’s the chance to play sport against other schools, so those students who are more competitive enjoy this, as well as trying other activities and using equipment and technology they wouldn’t have done before.”

For more about the University’s Institute of Sport, including its community outreach events to support schoolchildren across the south coast, go to More photos are available on the University's Institute of Sport Twitter account at

The intention has always been to make sure that students experience a range of different sports, said Prof Mike Lauder