England's David Daniell celebrates winning silver in the Men's Keirin at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi. Picture credit: PA Wire/PA Archive/Press Association Images

2010 Commonwealth Games silver medalist David Daniell will be at the University of Sunderland this week. Picture credit: PA Wire/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Commonwealth Silver medalist and Great Britain cyclist David Daniell is set to visit the University of Sunderland on Friday through the University Sport Activation Fund.

Daniell will be visiting the University of Sunderland tomorrow in his capacity as one of Sport England’s Sporting Champions – a team of current and retired elite athletes – where he will be supporting one of the university’s Urban Active UV spinning sessions.

The 26-year-old is excited about attending in order to help the students participating in the UV spinning session raise their own aspirations.

He said: “I’m really looking forward to visiting the University of Sunderland as part of Sport England’s University Sport Activation Fund which focuses on universities increasing their sport offer and hopefully this will mean more university students develop a sporting habit for life.

“As a Sport England Champion, I hope I can inspire all the young adults in attendance to sustain their sports participation and raise their own aspirations of what they can achieve.”

Daniell is a product of British Cycling’s talent-scouting process, having been spotted via BC’s Go Ride scheme whilst still at school and fast-tracked for success in the track sprint disciplines. He has competed for Team GB at the World Track Cycling Championships and won silver for England in the Keiran at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Dehli.

The University Sport Activation Fund is an £11 million investment aimed at supporting universities, to widen their sport offer to appeal to more HE students.

Sport England’s Mike Diaper said: “The University Sport Activations Fund is designed to help students who wouldn’t normally consider themselves ‘sporty’ find and enjoy activity while they are at University.

“Sporting Champions visits will help further motivate and inspire these students by bringing their enthusiasm and passion for sport and highlighting the benefits that is can bring to help ensure the University Sport Activation Fund is as successful as possible.”

The Urban Active UV spinning session is free of charge and will take place in CitySpace on Friday April 8 from 11am.

The session is open to all University of Sunderland students and staff. To take part sign up now at www.myurbanactive.com and wear white on the day.