High five for Active Schools

Active Schools participation levels have increased by 35 per cent over the last five years with 482,414 visits recorded during the last year.

Visits by pupils involved in participant sessions have risen by 125,657 from 356,757 visits in 2011/12, and these new figures also show a 8 per cent increase compared to last year.

The number of people delivering these sessions also increased to 1,600, which is an increase of 31 per cent, with 72% of these being volunteers.  Active Schools Edinburgh saw an increase in the number of volunteers recruited increase to 1160 from 900 in the previous year.

The Active Schools team who delivers the Active Schools programme in partnership with sportscotland across the City of Edinburgh Council, has been delivering opportunities for school pupils to get involved in sport and physical activity for more than a decade.

Councillor Ian Perry, Education Convener, said: “Well done to everyone in our Active Schools team for achieving such remarkable results. These increases are really encouraging and show how much effort they are putting into increasing opportunities for young people to get physically fit and interested in taking up sports outside of school.  

“Over 17,500 pupils now take part in extra curricular clubs and around 450 senior pupils lead or help with these sessions. The annual Games @ The Hub event goes from strength to strength and this year saw over 1,300 pupils from across the city take part in numerous different sporting activities. Keeping our young people fit and healthy is really important and thanks must also go to our partners in sportscotland, the many schools and clubs plus all our unheralded volunteers who help make Active Schools such a success.”

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.”

Active Schools saw an increase in the number of distinct participants taking part in Extra-curricular activities with 17,878 pupils attending activities, 38% of the school roll.  An increase of 6%.

The number of senior pupils assisting or leading extra curricular sessions also increased this year with 465 pupils recruited.

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



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