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University goes the distance to improve mental health in national fitness challenge


The University of Wolverhampton is set to take part in the annual British Inspiration Trust (BRIT) challenge to encourage physical activity and support the wellbeing of students and staff across the University.

The BRIT Challenge is an annual inclusive mental health, fitness and wellbeing challenge that engages millions of young adults and students, while raising funds for local, regional, and national charities.

This year’s challenge includes individuals working as a team to cover 2022 miles by either walking, cycling, hand-cycling, wheelchair pushing, swimming, walking, jogging, running, rowing, or paddling.

The University’s WLV Sport team is encouraging students and staff to join them as they tackle the 2022-mile distance challenge which kicks off on February 1 and runs until March 3 (University Mental Health Day).

The University will be raising funds in aid of British Inspiration Trust as well as Wolverhampton’s suicide prevention stakeholder’s forum Charitable trust. Funds raised will be equally split between the two charities.

Clare_DickensClare Dickens, Mental Health and Wellbeing Academic Lead at the University of Wolverhampton said: “I’m so pleased we have signed up to The BRIT Challenge again this year, not only to keep us active but improve the mental health and wellbeing for our students and staff.

“This challenge aligns perfectly with our new mental health and wellbeing strategy – whereby we recognise the synergy between our physical and mental health.

“Here at the University, we are always keen to raise positive awareness of mental health and suicide prevention and this challenge is the perfect way to kick-start this awareness for 2022.

 “At a time when young adult, student and staff mental health has been further impacted by the pandemic, we hope the BRIT Challenge is something many will take part in this year.

“We are encouraging all our students and staff to get involved in this year’s campaign as we tackle 2022 miles together. The bigger the team, the more funds and awareness we will raise – it’s as simple as that.

“So join us, whether you choose to work out at home, or take advantage of our fantastic sport and gym facilities on campus, together we can make a difference.”

To donate to the chosen charities click here

To take part and join the team click here

Joining details: Once you’ve clicked the link, select the ‘BRIT 2022’ challenge and start recording how many miles you have completed from February 1 until March 3.


For more information please contact the Corporate Communications Team.

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