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12 June 2019

King's Sport wins ukactive Higher Education Award

King's Sport wins the 2019 physical activity excellence award at the annual ukactive awards ceremony

King's Sport presented with the award
King's Sport receive their award, presented by Born Barikor CEO and founder of 'Our Parks'

Heavyweight operators, innovative start-ups and leading universities were among the finalists for the ukactive Awards 2019. Spanning the breadth of the sports and physical activity landscape, the finalists of the ukactive Awards represent the stars of the public, private and third sectors, gathering for a ceremony at Manchester Central on Thursday, 6 June.

Among the new awards introduced for 2019 was the Higher Education Physical Activity Excellence Award, with King’s Sport taking the victory from finalists Warwick Sport, The University of Hertfordshire and Loughborough.

They have smashed their target of 15,000 unique participants across all their physical activity and gym programmes”

Joanna Rowsell, Olympic cycling gold medallist - presenting the award.


The Physical Activity Excellence Award is a sector standard for higher education institutions, demonstrating good practice for increasing physical activity engagement across a student and staff population.


On the evening King’s Sport were praised for their strategic approach to delivering physical activity. The judging panel gave particular highlight to innovative programme King’s Move and the collaborative research project with the King’s Business School.


King’s Sport offers a range of opportunities for student and staff to participate in physical activity. From social sport programme BeActive, to King’s Move, the online activity reward programme. This year alone has seen over 15,000 students and staff engaging with King’s Sport, a truly remarkable number.

Strand Gym 3

Our strategic ambition is to be the world’s most active capital university by 2029. This award highlights the level of progress we have already made in achieving this. Winning this award is a fantastic achievement, made possible through the work of the entire team."

Andy Allford, Associate Director, King’s Sport

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