Today saw the historic signing of the Bolton Vision 2030 Physical Activity Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which took place at Victoria Square outside Bolton Town Hall.
This campaign marks the commitment from key Bolton organisations to unite and help develop a campaign in the borough to get students and residents more active, more often.
Bolton 2030 Vision underpins the University’s ‘Teaching Intensive, Research Informed’ ethos as it secures the collaboration between Town and Gown, highlighting their shared values. By creating these partnerships with the community and professional clubs to forge pathways that go beyond academic courses, the collaboration aims to lead to sustainable employability and further enhance the student experience.
As the University of Bolton moves towards the merger with Bolton College both institutions are dedicated to getting this message across; this is supported by the planned future construction of a Sports Village on campus.
Bill Webster, Assistant Vice Chancellor of the University of Bolton and Principal of Bolton College said, ‘I am delighted to be participating today and I speak on behalf of both the University and College to emphasise that we are making it a high priority to participate in these collaborative initiatives for students and staff, especially with the planned expansion of sporting facilities in the coming years.’
Chris McIver, Head of Sport and Physical Activity at Bolton Council added, ‘Partnership Initiatives are key to the success of getting people physically active. One of the cornerstones of the Bolton Vision is a healthy and active population, achieved by committing ourselves to helping Bolton residents become more active.’
‘Active Bolton’ enables the University, Bolton College and Bolton Students’ Union achieve it’s 2020 vision to embed a culture of student, staff and local community engagement and increased satisfaction in sport and physical activity by encouraging widened participation in active recreation, sporting performance and excellence through a high quality and distinctive academic sport and active wellbeing offer.
Mr Webster was joined by many other senior officials, all committed to the promotion of physical activity in Bolton, who had also been tasked with making their way to the square in an ‘active way’. These included Councillor Thomas leading other councillors in a walk around Queen’s Park before returning back to the square. Dr Wirin Bhatiani also jogged in with staff from the Clinical Commissioning Group, all crossing the ‘finish line’ in front of the Town Hall steps.
Lots of other activities took place on the square for children and adults of all ages to get involved with. These ranged from timed sprints, canoeing and boxing to crazy golf and Tae-Kwon–Do.
To believe in yourself and take part, please contact either the University Sport and Recreation Service or Bolton Students’ Union.
Or to track your activity rates, please register free at http://www.boltonactivitytracker.org.uk/
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