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Solent's Community Innovation Programme (CIP) gives students from BA (Hons) Sport Coaching and Sport Development the opportunity to make a real impact in the local community.

Students are tasked with developing a project that uses coaching, sport or physical activity to address social needs. Areas of activity include physical education, school sport, crime, disability, ageing populations and women’s participation

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Making a difference in the community

Industry focused

Students work with industry practitioners, creating valuable relationships and becoming part of the local sport development community.

Sustainable projects

Projects are designed to make a lasting impact. Students put plans in place to continue their good work long after the initial project has concluded.

Measurable success

By focusing on measurable outcomes, students ensure that their projects are making real impact within the community.

Real-world learning

The Community Innovation Programme helps graduates to launch their career in sport development by offering them valuable real-world insight.

Community Innovation Symposium

Projects are presented at the annual Coaching Innovation Symposium. This is a chance for project teams to receive feedback and network.

Get involved

If you would like to help with the delivery of a community sport development project, tweet us at @SolentCIP

  • Every year we hold our Community Innovation Symposium. This is an opportunity for sport coaching and sport development students to engage with industry professionals and showcase their project development. Check back here to find out when next year's event will be!

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