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High Five for Active Schools

Published: Friday, 01 September 2017

High Five for Active Schools

High Five for Active Schools

“SIGNIFICANT GROWTH IN FLAGSHIP SCHOOLS PROGRAMME OVER THE PAST FIVE YEARS”

South Lanarkshire Active Schools participation levels have increased by 120% over the last five years with 368,000 visits recorded during the academic year 2016/17.

Visits by pupils involved in participant sessions have risen by over 200,000 from 167,139 visits in 2011/12, and these new figures also show a four per cent increase compared to last year. The number of people delivering these sessions also increased to 1056, which is an increase of 23 per cent, with 89% of these being volunteers.

There have also been year-on-year increases across a wide range of other measurements including distinct participants, female participation, teacher and student led activity. South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture delivers the Active Schools programme in partnership with sportscotland and South Lanarkshire Education, delivering opportunities for school pupils to get involved in sport and physical activity for more than a decade.

Chair of South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture Councillor David Watson said: “I congratulate Active Schools on a very successful year across South Lanarkshire with thousands of pupils in our schools getting involved in a wide range of sporting and fitness activities. I would like to thank and congratulate all the Active Schools team, the volunteers, the South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture and South Lanarkshire Council staff who support them and of course the young people for all their hard work and achievements.”

General Manager of South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture Gerry Campbell said: “Our Active Schools team in partnership with schools, volunteers, local clubs and coaches and national bodies such as sportscotland and Scottish Disability Sport are committed to an activity for all ethos, they work hard to ensure young people are given as many opportunities as possible to participate in a wide range of activities to help them lead a healthy lifestyle and to find the activities that suit them best.”

Stewart Harris, Chief Executive of sportscotland, said: “It is great to see that our partnerships with local authorities and leisure trusts, schools, clubs, Active Schools Managers and Coordinators, is having such a profoundly positive impact in the growth of Active Schools.

“Investment from the Scottish Government and National Lottery continues to allow us to develop a world-class sporting system for all with better and more opportunities for people to participate and progress in sport and physical activity while fashioning ever closer links between schools and clubs.

“This collaboration is helping to ensure that young people in Scotland have the best sporting opportunities and experiences available and can continue to develop and progress throughout adulthood.” Welcoming the increases, Minister for Public Health and Sport Aileen Campbell said: “The Active Schools Network and Community Sport Hubs programme are an important part of our efforts to make Scotland a healthier and more active nation, so I’m delighted to see there continues to be growth in both.

“Active Schools sessions are helping our children and young people to be more physically active and providing great fun in the process. It’s also very encouraging to see further substantial increases in the number of Community Sport Hubs and their memberships numbers.”

sportscotland works in partnership with all 32 local authorities and leisure trusts to invest in and support the Active Schools Network of managers and coordinators who work with primary, secondary, and Additional Support Needs (ASN) schools across Scotland.

Active Schools aims to provide more and higher quality opportunities for children to participate in school sport and to increase capacity through the recruitment of volunteers who deliver the activity sessions.

Working together with organisations and individuals, including schools, PE staff and Sports Development officers, the Active Schools Network provides a wide range of opportunities connected to school and club sport.

For more information on Active Schools and to view the full report, please visit: www.sportscotland.org.uk/schools/active-schools

Please also vist our Active Schools page to find out more information on the programmes and opportunities across our schools and communites: South Lanarkshire Active Schools