ACTIVE Ruth Nicholson is giving students in the North East a sporting chance to get fit by leading a new £17m national initiative.
The 34-year-old has been appointed South Tyneside College’s “sport maker” with a brief to get hundreds of learners into sport and leading healthy lifestyles.
Her challenging task is to encourage students to start sports and physical activities alongside their classroom studies by utilising college exercise facilities.
She will also link up and form partnerships with sports and community groups throughout South Tyneside to bring added opportunities in a variety of sporting fields.
Ruth has the support of Sport England – which operates through the Government’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport – for her new role.
Sport England is funding her role and that of 152 other sport makers throughout the country in an initiative aimed at encouraging thousands of college students to shape up.
Ruth said: “I want to encourage those who may want to get fit but who think they don’t have the time, don’t want to exercise alone or haven’t found a sport they enjoy to get involved.”
Sport makers is part of Sport England’s Active Colleges, a £25m initiative to benefit students in further education .
Ruth plans to conduct a survey to find out what sports they would like to do and how they would like them run.