College Sports Maker

As part of Active Colleges, Sport England has invested up to £17 million over five years to create 150 full time sports development professionals – College Sport Makers. Here at Winstanley College we have our own College Sport Maker, Ben Rutherford.  Ben has been working to widen the offer for students; raising student participation in sport and reducing the drop out of young people from sport, especially at 16 and 18 years old.

Activities are open for all students to come down and try, irrelevant of ability levels. The activities cater for people that have never tried the activities before and for people that are competent so come along and give them a go. Sessions are designed for students to be able to enjoy their free time in college and try something new.  Turn up and have fun with your friends, or make new ones there!


Examples of activities:

  • Archery
  • American Football
  • FA Team19 (5 a side football league)
  • Street Dance
  • Fencing
  • Dodgeball
  • Handball
  • Touch Rugby
  • Rounders
  • Table Tennis
  • Tennis
  • Golf
  • Skiing
  • Softball/Baseball
  • Rock Climbing
  • Sports Leaders Award
  • Zumba

Don’t forget it’s important to get the balance right! Manage your time between studies and sports and recreation to get the most out of your college experience.

If anyone is interested in becoming a sports leader or being part of a sports focus group to help brand, run, organise, make decisions, access funding , gain valuable experience and qualifications, or if you just want to express your ideas, please get in touch.

For further information please don’t hesitate to come over and see me, or email