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Athletes raise money for charity during lockdown

(10 July 2020)

As UK government restrictions brought an abrupt end to many sporting leagues and seasons, our student-athletes dealt with the challenges of lockdown in the most inspiring way. 

Since March 2020, our student-athletes have raised over £16,000 for worthy causes through a variety of self-organised challenges and remote activities. 

From distance running and weightlifting events to keepy-uppy and handstand challenges, our athletes participated in a range of imaginative and creative activities from across the UK and around the world, raising money for worthy causes and staying connected with their teammates. 

Teamwork and unity are some of the characteristics we often see on the sports pitches, and we are incredibly proud to see our athletes demonstrate these characteristics in such uncertain times and raise funds for so many worthy causes. 
 

Sport at Durham  

The physical and mental health benefits associated with sport and exercise are well documented, we are proud that 75% or our students participate in sport at a college, university or professional level.  

With over 550 teams, across 18 sports, our College Sport structure is one of the largest and diverse intra-mural programmes in the world, presenting almost unlimited opportunities to make friends, develop self-worth and feel part of a community.  

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Our participation sports programme is open to all students and plays an integral role in developing the lifelong bond that many of our students form with their College and the University. 

Follow our athletes on our social media channels: Facebook and Twitter  

The chosen recipients of the funds raised by our clubs are NHS Charities TogetherDurham Foodbank and The Sockstar Project 

Through Experience Online we are bringing together a wide range of events and activities to keep our students connected.