Funding boost for sport

York Sport UnionA number of York Sport Union projects are set to benefit from significant grants received from YuFund, which will help the development of sport at the University.

Over £100,000 was raised through YuCall this year, with the help of generous donations from York alumni, and the money provides funding opportunities for colleges, departments, clubs and societies, with sport being the primary beneficiary this year.

York Sport Union projects will receive a total of £47,305, just under half of the funding, which will allow York Sport President Cassandra Brown to push forward her plans for an on-campus physiotherapy, Roses pre-season camp and her Diversity Champions scheme, as well as a number of other projects.

£4,295 has been secured to bring an affordable physiotherapy service onto campus to benefit student athletes, with sessions ranging in cost from £5 to £30, signalling the completion of Brown’s main policy in her manifesto last year.

In addition to this £3,200 has been received to fund York’s first ever Roses pre-season camp, which will take place in April in preparation for the trip to Lancaster. It is hoped that the camp will provide York’s teams with the added boost to help them to secure victory in an away Roses.

Furthermore, another £1,000 has been received to drive forward the new Diversity Champions project, which will work as part of Brown’s Key Contacts Scheme to help to make sport at York more accessible. The project will see famous athletes who either have a disability or are LGBTQ come to campus to boost the scheme.

Brown told Vision: “The generosity of York alumni combined with YuCall’s fabulous work raising the money is just astounding.

“I’m so pleased for the clubs who’ve received money. Including my projects over 47K has been donated to sport, which is phenomenal.”

College Sport was among the other aspects of sport to benefit, as it received £5,886 to help to push forward the system, which currently sees York’s eight colleges compete in 19 different leagues across 16 different sports.