Second Little ECHO Pitch Launch

Would you like a little cash to give your extracurricular activity a boost or a more professional feel? Have you been thinking about hosting an event for fellow students or a community group? If you have, then a Little ECHO grant might be the answer.

Students of the School of Sport and Service Management are invited to enter an online short film competition to receive a Little ECHO grant, worth up to £250.

Fiona Smith, Principal Lecturer and Head of the Social Engagement Advisory Group, says “we hope that a small cash boost from Little ECHO grants will encourage students to make their ideas for small projects and activities happen- the scheme was a great success last year!”.

ECHO grants are awarded by the school to those involved in work that promotes excellence, supports the community or helps to preserve the school’s heritage archive. Grants are funded by the generous donations of alumni and friends and an allocation of funds set aside by the school.

To be in with a chance to be awarded up to £250 students are asked to make a 1-3 minute short film about their proposed project or activity. Films will be made available to watch on the ECHO blog in November, and everyone can participate in a 7-day vote for their favourite.

Find out more about how to get involved

Four Little ECHO grants awarded

£1000 of ECHO grant funding has been awarded to four students from the School of Sport and Service Management.

All four students submitted a three minute short film to request the funding, which have been made available to view on the ECHO blog.

ECHO grants are awarded by the school to those involved in work that promotes excellence, supports the community or helps to preserve the school’s heritage archive. Grants are funded by the generous donations of alumni and friends and an allocation of funds set aside by the school.

Fiona Smith, Principal Lecturer and Head of the Social Engagement Advisory Group, says “it’s great for the school and alumni to be able to support the extra-curricular work of our students. I’m looking forward to hearing more about the success of the events”.

The funding awarded will see SaSM students coordinating an awareness-raising walk with members of the Active Hearts group along the Eastbourne seafront, hosting walking football sessions for the over 50s, working alongside Cancer United to put on an ‘exercise day’ using the university’s great facilities and will help a PhD student put on a joint event with altitude awareness charity, Para-Monte.

To learn more about each project which has been awarded funding, take a look at the short films here.

Congratulations to Ash Willmott (PhD Sport and Exercise Science), Scott Hadley (Year 3 Sport coaching), Bronwyn Elsden (Year 1 Sport and Fitness Top up) and Abby Hiam (Year 3 Sport and Exercise Science).

Little ECHO grant pitch launched!

Would you like a little cash to give your extracurricular activity a boost or a more professional feel? Have you been thinking about hosting an event for fellow students or a community group? If you have, then a Little ECHO grant might be the answer.

Students of the School of Sport and Service Management are invited to enter an online short film competition to receive a Little ECHO grant, worth up to £250.

Fiona Smith, Principal Lecturer and Head of the Social Engagement Advisory Group, says “we hope that a small cash boost from Little ECHO grants will encourage students to make their ideas for small projects and activities happen”.

ECHO grants are awarded by the school to those involved in work that promotes excellence, supports the community or helps to preserve the school’s heritage archive. Grants are funded by the generous donations of alumni and friends and an allocation of funds set aside by the school.

To be in with a chance to be awarded up to £250 students are asked to make a 1-3 minute short film about their proposed project or activity. Films will be made available to watch on the ECHO blog in January, and everyone can participate in a 7-day vote for their favourite.

Find out more about how to get involved

Dragons award five ECHO grants

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ECHO winners

On Wednesday 18 May, eight ‘dragons’ listened to eight pitches in a Dragon’s Den-style event at the School of Sport and Service Management (SaSM).

The dragons represented SaSM’s teaching, management, support staff and students as well as voices from the local community. They heard eight fantastic pitches from SaSM staff and students who were hoping to win a slice of the £20k of ECHO grant funding available.

Fiona Smith, Principal Lecturer, who led the panel and is responsible for the distribution of ECHO grant funding, said:

“We were delighted with the high quality of the presentations and the great work that members of the school do and want to do more of. The ECHO grants fund projects related to excellence, community and heritage opportunities and allow students and staff to maximise their expertise and interests to pursue these opportunities.” Continue reading