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.
More opportunities have been created for young people to take part in sport and physical activity through the network with 238,000 visits made to sessions in Renfrewshire in the last twelve months.
10,600 children and young people took part in Active Schools sessions in Renfrewshire, across a wide range of activities.
The number of people delivering the sessions has also increased nationally, up 3.3% with 84% of deliverers in Renfrewshire being volunteers.
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.”
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.
Chairperson of Renfrewshire Leisure, Councillor Lisa-Marie Hughes said: “Our aim is to encourage people of all ages to become more active and take part in sports, which has obvious positive benefits to health.
“It’s important young people are given the opportunities to take part in sport and the work our staff, schools and sports clubs do as part of the Active Schools programme goes a long way to achieving this.
“We will continue to work to encourage even more young people to experience the benefits of sporting activity.”
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.