• Northumbria University wins British Universities and College Sport (BUCS) Workforce Programme of the Year 2017.
Northumbria University Sport’s Student Development Programme was named the BUCS Workforce Programme of the Year 2017 at the annual BUCS Awards Dinner, hosted at the University of Hertfordshire on Thursday 14th July. A record number of 246 nominations were received across nine categories, making it the most competitive Awards to date.
Brand new for 2017, the Workforce Programme of the Year Award was introduced to recognise universities’ impact in Student Development, particularly around life and employability skills. Northumbria University’s success in this category recognised their dedicated Sport team, which sees staff and students working together on campus and throughout the community, and in partnership with British Tennis across the North East.
The university’s partnership with the Lawn Tennis Association has been going from strength to strength, with student volunteers getting involved in a range of opportunities across the area. Last year alone, the team delivered over 500 voluntary hours of tennis activity. This included helping to run Great British Tennis Weekend events, mini tennis competitions, delivering coaching and park led activities, enabling thousands of people of all ages and abilities to get involved in the game.
Sarah Stephenson (Sport Services Assistant for Student & Staff Development) was delighted with the National Award: “We are exceptionally proud of the work our students do, and the impact they have within Northumbria University and our local communities. We pride ourselves in offering our students every opportunity to become workplace-ready and there are so many examples of graduates who have been part of the Northumbria Sport team now making their mark in the wider world!”
Jo Cunliffe (Regional Tennis Participation Manager) added: “This is a fantastic achievement for Northumbria University and we are so honoured to have played a part in their success. There is nothing more rewarding than supporting the next generation and all of the students who have become involved in tennis through the partnership have been a credit to themselves and the University. I am certain they will be a huge asset to whichever organisations are lucky to recruit them in the future!”
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For more information please contact:
Jo Cunliffe (Regional Tennis Participation Manager) on 0795 8233715 or Jo.Cunliffe@LTA.org.uk
NOTES TO EDITORS
• The pictures attached are,
1) Kate Wallace (far left) and Dom Hughes (far right) volunteering at the Tony Blair Sports Foundation Year 3 Tennis Challenge Cup with Gosforth East Middle School volunteers
2) Dom Hughes (left) and Kate Wallace (right) at the Tony Blair Sports Foundation Year 3 Tennis Challenge Cup in Jesmond.
• The Lawn Tennis Association’s (LTA) mission is to get more people playing tennis more often, and its role is to develop, promote and govern tennis in Britain.
• For more information on the LTA and British tennis, visit: www.lta.org.uk