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Active students are less likely to feel lonely all the time, according to new research

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Posted 17th May 2019

AoC Sport, in partnership with the ukactive Research Institute and supported by Matrix Fitness and Sport England, have published a new report, British Active Students Survey: Further Education.

The research explored the impact on physical and mental health, academic and employability prospects, and how Further Educational institutions (FEIs) can support more active lifestyles.

The report surveyed 3,661 college students in 71 colleges on their physical activity levels, as well as various measures of mental wellbeing.

AoC Sport is publishing the findings to coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week and the #LoveOurColleges week of activity.

Findings from the new report include: 

  • Active students are 21% less likely to report feeling lonely all the time.
  • Personal and mental wellbeing were highest for students who engaged in regular physical activity.
  • Active students were over 15% more likely to report an expectation of top grades (48-56 UCAS points) than inactive students.
  • 52.7% of active students had confidence in finding employment six months after leaving college, compared to just 38.2% of inactive students
  • Inactive students were far more likely to report feeling lonely all the time (10.5%) than their more active counterparts (6.9%).

A digital copy of the full report can be found here, alongside some graphics and template Tweets which can be used to publicise the findings.

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