South Lanarkshire View
South Lanarkshire View

Another year of growth for Active Schools

Published: Thursday 17 October 2019

Scotland women's goalkeeper Lee Alexander with Active School staff

More than 20,000 children and young people took part in Active Schools sessions across South Lanarkshire last year.

Opportunities have been created for young people to take part in sport and physical activity with 392,000 visits made to sessions in South Lanarkshire in the last 12 months.

In total 21,200 children and young people took part in Active Schools sessions in South Lanarkshire, across a wide range of activities.

The number of people delivering the sessions has also increased nationally, up 3.3%, with 97% of deliverers in South Lanarkshire being volunteers.

South Lanarkshire Council’s Executive Director of Education Resources, Tony McDaid, said: “We are delighted that such excellent work is taking place through our Active Schools programme.

“It is clear from our increasing participation rates that our children and young people enjoy the benefits of a vast range of opportunities on offer.

“The programme is a shining example of partners working together effectively within a community to enable children and young people to flourish through participation in physical activity.”

Active Schools, one of sportscotland’s longest running flagship programmes, is designed to provide more and higher quality opportunities to take part in sport and physical activity before school, during lunchtime and after school. 

Developing effective pathways between schools and sports clubs in the local community is a key factor in its success and there are now 2,700 clubs linking directly with schools giving children and young people the opportunity to continue in sports to the level they choose.

The latest data published by sportscotland shows that Active Schools continues to have an impact on children’s physical activity levels with 7.3 million visits made to activities across Scotland in 2018/19, an increase of 0.4% on the previous year.

Mel Young, Chair of sportscotland, said: “It is fantastic to see that Active Schools continues to grow year on year with more opportunities delivered and another increase in the number of people participating.

“Our mission is to help the people of Scotland get the most out of the sporting system at every level and Active Schools has a crucial role to play in engaging young people in sport and physical activity.

“We talk about making an impact together and Active Schools is a great example of working with the right partners in the right way to deliver results. The Active Schools network is reliant on strong local partnerships with schools, local authorities, sport development teams, regional managers from governing bodies of sport, volunteers and the clubs who welcome children and young people into their communities.”

Delivered in partnership with all 32 local authorities and their leisure trusts in primary, secondary and ASN schools, Active Schools is now a well-established network of over 400 managers and coordinators and makes a significant contribution to delivering an active Scotland.