The event aims to give international students the chance to engage with sport

March is International Sport Month

The University of Exeter has launched its first ever International Sports Month this March.  

The event aims to give international students the chance to engage with sport, as players or spectators.

A variety of events will take place during the month, many of which are free of charge. Highlights include a 5k run around campus on 12 March, in aid of Cancer Research and Sport Relief. Students will also have the opportunity to have a gym taster session and take part in activities such as Kwik Cricket and Table Tennis.

Sport now forms an integral part of the Exeter experience, both competitively and recreationally, with the University recently announcing plans to invest £8.1 million in world-class sports facilities.

Exeter has amongst the highest participation rates of any University in the UK with almost one third of students belonging to a Sports Club. Sporting participation rates are noticeably lower amongst the international student population. It is hoped that International Sports Month will engage these students and improve their long-term involvement in sport. 

Beth Hampson, Head of the Athletics Union said, “This event aims to break boundaries and promote integration, so that everyone has the opportunity to get involved with sport. My hopes for the future are that this event will remain a key part of the University calendar with everyone participating.”

She continues: “With the 2012 Olympics being held in London, there has never been a better time to celebrate cultural diversity in the UK through sport. The media coverage and fandom surrounding this summer’s Olympics highlight the way in which sport has become an international language.”

All events are open to students; please visit the student sport website for detailed listings.

Date: 7 March 2012

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