The Let’s Do Leicester project launched in January and has provided students at University of Leicester with additional opportunities to engage in physical activity along with employment opportunities.
The partnership project between the University of Leicester, Students Union and Sport England has enabled sessions to be made easy accessible to the students at minimal or no cost, with the added benefit of not having to have a Sports Card to participate in.
Sessions are currently available across campus and in the Oadby Student Village. Students have the option of participating in sessions that take place in conventional locations such as Sports halls, Astro Turfs etc. as well more contemporary locations that enhance accessibility such as Halls of residence common rooms and halls.
The project currently offers 7 activities during the autumn semester at the University these include Football, Dance Fitness, Swimming, Netball, Basketball, Athletics (Bootcamp) and Badminton. During the summer semester additional sessions such as Cycling, Archery, Rounders and Bubble Football will be introduced to the schedule. The project currently offers 27 additional opportunities for students to take part in and get active per week.
Let’s Do Leicester has not only provided a non-competitive, zero commitment and friendly environment for students to get active but has also provided students with the opportunity to develop the career portfolios through paid work as Student Instructors/Officials and Student Activators. The project has introduced over 25 paid jobs for the students to be a part of gain experience in preparation for when they leave the University.
Following the launch of the project on the 26th of January the project has already seen 150 students participate with growing numbers each week.