Report reveals life-changing effects of sport participation in Midlothian

A new research report into the work of sportscotland has found that participation programmes supported by the national agency for sport are having a life-changing effect on those who are taking part.

The independent research, published by sportscotland in the weeks after it was confirmed participation levels on national programmes in Scotland are at record high, praised several programmes including Active Schools for making children and young people feel healthier (98%) and more confident (92%).

Rise of 15% in Active Schools sessions in Midlothian

During the last academic year (2016-2017) there were 92,500 visits made to Active Schools sessions in the Midlothian Council area – a rise of 15% over the last two years – underlining the significant impact the programme is having on children and young people.   

According to the Active Schools Outcomes Framework (ASOF): Schools and Education and Clubs and Communities Environments report, compiled by Research Scotland, the work of sportscotland is encouraging people to be more active, with 85% of club members meeting Chief Medical Officer (CMO) guidelines for physical activity.

98% of participants in study say they feel healthier

The report, which considered survey responses from 3,000 club members and 15,000 school pupils, also highlights the positive effect participation programmes are having in terms of tackling inactivity with significant drops in this area thanks to Active Schools and support for clubs. Over the course of the research period there were 770,000 playing members of Scottish Governing Bodies (SGB) of sport.

Key Active Schools findings include:

  • 98% of participants feel healthier
  • 92% of participants feel more confident
  • 87% of participants have made new friends
  • 76% of secondary school participants said sport and physical activity is helping them achieve their goals

Key Club findings include:

  • 85% of club members meet the Chief Medical Officer physical activity guidelines (only 54% met the guidelines before joining a club)
  • 91% of adult and secondary school age club members said sport and physical activity is helping them achieve their goals. 
  • 76% of club members feel more involved with their community
  • 78% of club members feel more relaxed as a result of participation

Significant increase in sports participation across Scotland

Welcoming the findings, Chief Executive of sportscotland, Stewart Harris, said:

“In recent years we have seen a significant increase in sports participation thanks to national programmes across the country including Active Schools and our support for local clubs and community sport hubs. Our work in these areas is changing lives as can be seen from the findings of this research. We are creating more and better opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to take part in sport thanks to these programmes and along with our partners, including local authorities, leisure trusts, Scottish Governing Bodies, clubs and schools, we are determined to build on that.”

Continued success down to Midlothian Active Schools team

Councillor Derek Milligan, leader of Midlothian Council and Cabinet Member for Sport and Leisure, said:  

“It is great to see so many children and young people in Midlothian benefitting from the Active Schools programme. The continued success of the programme is down to the Active Schools team who, in partnership with schools, sports development officers and local clubs, do a fantastic job in producing a range of quality sporting opportunities and experiences for our young people.” 

Visit the sportscotland website for full details of the research report.  

14 May 2018