Active Schools Programme Grows

activeschoolswebSchool pupils across Midlothian have made 86,000 visits to Active Schools supported sport and physical activity sessions in the past year – a 6% increase on the previous 12 months.

The figures released by sportscotland, the national agency for sport, show that during the 2015/16 academic year the number of activity sessions offered have increased by 4% to 5500, with 38 different sports and activities on offer.

The number of people delivering these sessions also increased to 257, an increase of 8%, with 197 of these volunteers.

For more than a decade, Midlothian Council’s Active Schools programme, in partnership with sportscotland, have provided opportunities for school pupils to get involved in sport and physical activity before school, during lunch and after school.

Stewart Harris, Chief Executive of sportscotland, said: “Coming on the back of the Scots on Team GB returning home with a record haul of medals, sportscotland is delighted to announce that the Active Schools Network has once again reported a record high number of visits over the past year.

"We hope to motivate and inspire young people to participate in sport, so it is encouraging to see that the network of over 400 managers and coordinators, along with the dedicated volunteers, are doing just that.

"Our strong partnerships with local authorities and the Scottish Government are helping to further strengthen and improve our Active Schools Network across the country. Together, we will continue to ensure that young people in Scotland have the best sporting opportunities and experiences available.

"We are continuing to build a world-class system for all and now have better and stronger connections between schools, clubs, and performance sport with more opportunities for people to participate and progress.”

As well as recruiting volunteers to assist in delivering Active Schools sessions, a key part of the initiative is to build partnerships locally to develop a sporting pathway between schools and clubs.

In the last year Midlothian has seen a 38% increase in the number of links between local clubs and schools with 64 local sports clubs involved.

sportscotland works in partnership with all 32 Local Authorities 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.

14 Sep 2016