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The University of York Sports Strategy has been approved

Posted on 15 July 2021

We are pleased to announce that the University of York Sports Strategy has been approved by the University Executive Board.

The Strategy will provide a recognisable identity and purpose to which all sport, physical activity and wellbeing activity, planning and opportunities are aligned.

Strategic aims have been identified following extensive discussion, engagement,consultation and collaboration between student, staff and community stakeholders including YUSU, GSA, York Sport and the University of York.

The development of the Strategy has clearly underlined a shared purpose between all areas of the University towards improving sport provision, physical activity and wellbeing, within both our staff and student community, and across the wider city.

The Sport Strategy Group and Sport Working Group, through the stakeholders represented within them, will now clarify the actions required to deliver the objectives, which align to the overall University Strategic Vision and benefit our University community. 

Stephen Talboys, Director of Technology, Estates and Campus Services; “The University of York Sport Strategy will bring a clear direction to sport at the University and I am delighted that the Strategy has achieved the support of UEB. 

The level of collaboration between YUSU, GSA, York Sport and the University to create this has been remarkable. 

There are ambitious plans and impressive targets for us all to achieve when the strategy is launched later in the year, and I know the teams are very much looking forward to the challenges ahead.” 

Maddi Cannell, former YUSU York Sport President; “The approval of York’s first ever Sports Strategy by UEB is fantastic news for the future of sport at York! It brings improving the student experience to the forefront of delivery and gives a clear vision and direction for the future. I only see York going from strength to strength as the aims included in this strategy become reality! I am really proud to have been a part of bringing all our University and external partners together to create one vision for sport, physical activity and wellbeing at York.”

Kieth Morris, Head of Sport;

“Having an agreed University Sport Strategy, which has been created with and on behalf of all the respective groups on our campus and within the local community, provides a clear purpose and clarity to what we are seeking to achieve and how we will do so.

It has never been more relevant that we consider how we can work collaboratively, efficiently and effectively to engage through sport, physical activity and wellbeing. It is important that the positive impact of this is realised and by having this agreed strategic direction for the whole University, we are now better placed than ever before to achieve this.”

The Strategy will officially launch in Autumn 2021 at the beginning of the new academic year.