The University has launched a new strategy, setting out its aims to enhance the relationship between sport and fitness providers across collegiate Cambridge.
An integrated governance structure, a unified sport brand and knowledge sharing are some of the priorities identified in a new Strategy for Sport.
The strategy aims to encourage greater collaboration between the University, Colleges, clubs and other organisations involved in the delivery of sport to staff and students. This partnership will be facilitated by the University’s Sports Service, which will provide greater administrative support to clubs and develop a joined-up approach to promoting physical activity.
Mr Nick Brooking, Director of Sport, said: “More than a hundred representatives from University clubs contributed to the development of the strategy and a common theme was the need for a more coordinated approach to sport delivery. By building a partnership between our clubs we can ensure that Cambridge sport is fit for the future and has a louder, collective voice when bidding for resources.”
Several initiatives outlined in the strategy are already underway. Plans for new hockey pitches on the Wilberforce Road Sports Ground have been submitted to Council and the potential recruitment of a fundraiser to serve clubs and societies is under discussion.
There is an ambition to raise £12m for a swimming pool on the West Cambridge site and to launch a fund to help student athletes with the costs associated with representative and performance sport – such as travel, strength and conditioning, physiotherapy and nutritional advice. The University is also working to increase the number of staff and local residents using its exercise facilities - particularly during vacation times when demand from students reduces.
Mr Brooking added: “I am determined that the opportunity to participate in physical activity should be at the heart of Cambridge life for students, staff and the wider community. A joined-up approach is the best way to get the most out of the opportunities available across the University.”