The new funding will be used to help develop physical opportunities at Truro and Penwith College and Callywith College for their female members of staff as part of Sport England’s ‘This Girl Can’ funding programme.
HWS has already successfully delivered a number of Sport England initiatives including offering over 60 different physical activities each week across the campuses and will use the new funding to help establish a number of weekly physical activity sessions and gym classes that will be specifically aimed at female staff.
HWS was developed 9 years ago as part of Sport England’s ‘Active Colleges’ programme, with the funding helping to create positive physical activity role models, change attitudes towards physical activity and to promote positive mental health and physical wellbeing.
Over the years HWS has won a number of awards at both national and local level, and played a significant part in the College receiving the National Association of College’s Beacon award.
Using non-intrusive venues, the new sessions will include a provision for one to one and small friendship group gym inductions and regular gym sessions. Participants will gain confidence in using gym equipment and be free from fear of judgement whilst becoming familiar with using machines and equipment.
Activities will be provided before work, during lunch breaks and after work finishes, and form part of the ongoing successful HWS programme that provides students with activities throughout the day to support positive mental health and physical wellbeing.
Our work can have a positive impact on people's lives.
Julian Wills, HWS Project Lead said: “We are delighted to have secured further funding to expand our physical activity offer and encourage additional female staff participation. We pride ourselves on delivering quality physical activity opportunities and have demonstrated over the past nine years how our work can have a positive impact on people’s lives”.
The delivery of this programme will start in January 2021 across Truro and Penwith College and Callywith College.