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- 03 September 2013 00:00
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New figures published by sportscotland have revealed a huge increase of 13% in pupils’ participation in Active 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.
The new figures show that participant sessions increased by over half a million to 5,062,805 during the academic year 2012/13 as they came up from 4,498,837 in 2011/12.
In addition, the number of people delivering Active Schools supported sessions has significantly risen by 22.3% from 15,792 in 2011/12 to 19,321 in 2012/13, with more than 16,000 being unpaid volunteers.
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.
In 2012/13, sportscotland invested £11,925,900 into the Active Schools Network and have expressed their delight at the latest results.
"These are excellent figures that show significant increases across all Active Schools measurements,” said sportscotland chair Louise Martin.
"Active Schools is helping us achieve the sporting legacy surrounding Glasgow 2014 by delivering programmes designed to motivate and inspire children and young people to participate in sport and physical activity.
"The transition from school sport into club sport is also being enhanced by Active Schools - close connections with clubs allow greater integration and the development of a strong school-to-club pathway, so it is excellent news all round.”
There are now more than 400 Active Schools coordinators working in schools across all 32 local authorities in Scotland.
They are supporting the delivery of more and better opportunities to take part in sport and physical activities before school, during lunchtime, and after school.
"The Active Schools Network is doing terrific work across Scotland’s primary, secondary, and Additional Support Needs schools,” said Scotland’s Minister for the Commonwealth Games and Sport Shona Robison.
"The latest figures are extremely encouraging with record highs across the board, including over 100 different sports and physical activities being delivered.
"There are now more and better opportunities for Scotland’s children and young people to take part in sport and physical activity, which will encourage them to continue to lead active lives throughout adulthood.
"Active Schools is also playing an important role in supporting Community Sport Hubs, and with more than 100 hubs already up-and-running across Scotland, it is helping deliver community-based sport for the people of Scotland.”