Significant rise see more young people choose Active Schools activities

 28 September 2018  |  

Kingcase Primary pupils were among 800 taking part in this year’s triathlon

Kingcase Primary pupils were among 800 taking part in this year’s triathlon

The number of young people in South Ayrshire choosing healthy lifestyles has risen to record numbers according to the latest figures. The Council's Active Schools programme saw a significant increase in people taking part in sport and physical activities.

In 2017/18 the number of young people taking part in sport and physical activities rose by 14% (from 6,500 in 2016/17 to 7,424) with the number of Active School sessions increasing by 42% year-on-year (from 122,395 to 174,697).

The number of volunteers delivering sessions increased by 22% (from 423 in 2016/17 to 518) meaning more people than ever before are helping to get young people active. In the last year South Ayrshire also saw a 21% increase in the number of links between local clubs and schools (from 66 to 80 local clubs).

The Council delivers the Active Schools programme in partnership with sportscotland across South Ayrshire. Opportunities have been delivered for school pupils to get involved in a wide-range of sport and physical activity including athletics, curling, dance, golf, handball and triathlon.

Councillor William Grant, South Ayrshire Council's Portfolio Holder for Lifelong Learning said, "It's fantastic to see that more and more young people are choosing to seek out healthy and active lifestyles with our programme expanding the activities available by a significant number.

"We're committed to removing barriers so that people can take part in sport and physical activities and we've been working hard in all our communities to make sure that anyone who wants to get involved can do so.

"I'd like to thank the army of volunteers across South Ayrshire who are helping to make this positive story possible and to all the thousands of young people for supporting our programme and making positive lifestyles choices."

Mel Young, Chair of sportscotland, said, "It's really encouraging to see the continued growth in participation in Active Schools activities.  The success of Active Schools is the result of strong local partnerships between Active Schools teams, school staff, sports development teams in local authorities, regional managers from the governing bodies, and local sports clubs. 

"By working together, we can deliver more and better opportunities for young people of all abilities to take part in sport as these latest figures show.

"It's also rewarding to see the impact of programmes like Active Schools on the lives of the young people who take part, increasing their confidence and motivating them to continue an active lifestyle in the future."

For more information about Active Schools follow this link.