Renewed sports partnership for DMU students

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De Montfort Students’ Union (DSU)’s VP Student Activities Ahtesham Mahmood has spoken about his excitement at the renewed partnership which delivers sport to students at De Montfort University (DMU).

After celebrating DMU’s most successful British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) season ever which saw six league winners as well as hundreds of sports men and women pack out the Athena theatre for DSU’s biggest awards night ever, many aspects of sport administration are now in the process of moving to the University.

Nearly £1million is to be spent on coaching and support for sports teams at DMU over the coming year under plans announced today.

The partnership between the students’ union and university, under the DMUsport banner, will be led by Sports Performance Manager Fiona Dick and overseen by Ahtesham and James Gardner, Pro Vice-Chancellor for International and Strategic Partnerships at DMU.

Ahtesham said: "I am excited by the continued partnership between DSU and the university in the provision of sport at DMU, which comes off the back of the most successful year ever for our sports teams.

"Not only did we enjoy BUCS league titles from six of our teams, but the students' union's Campus 330 initiative helped more students than ever get involved in non-competitive sport for free. I am especially excited to see that this provision will continue, given the benefits sporting involvement has on both our students' social and academic lives.

"It is also positive to see that the university recognises the role that extra-curricular involvement has on making students' university lives unforgettable. I look forward to the additional investment and hope to see the partnership go from strength to strength."

VP Student Activities Ahtesham has spoken about his excitement at DSU's renewed sports partnership with DMU.

The partnership will also see the expansion of inclusive sport for DMU students, through DSU’s groundbreaking Campus 330 initiative which saw 4,213 attendees enjoy free sport sessions on campus, plus intra-mural sport for competition between student groups.

Professor Dominic Shellard, Vice-Chancellor of DMU, said: “I believe sport is an essential part of student life and has so much to teach us about how we achieve our goals. This significant investment demonstrates our commitment to ensuring our students have the best possible experience at university.

“We are looking forward to developing the potential of our talented teams and inspiring them to achieve, as well as offering new opportunities for students who may not have thought of joining a team.”

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