Ten years of Active Schools on Bute

This group of Bute schoolchildren went paintballing with the Active Schools programme in 2013.
This group of Bute schoolchildren went paintballing with the Active Schools programme in 2013.

More than 8,500 activity sessions involving 371 young people from Bute were held during 2013-14 by the Active Schools programme on the island, according to a new report.

The island now has 30 volunteers linked to the programme, while 22 primary seven pupils received Young Leaders training as part of the project.

The statistics for the island appear in a news release marking ten years of the Active Schools programme in the Argyll and Bute Council area, revealing that 122,848 extra-curricular activity sessions were held throughout the area.

The council’s policy lead for community and culture, Councillor Robin Currie, said: “Increasing opportunities for children to take part in sporting activities is critical to a lifetime’s involvement in sport and to future sporting performances, and ensures their ability to live active, healthy lives starts as early as possible.

“With memories of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and the display of world class athletes still fresh, the Argyll and Bute Active Schools team continue to work hard with schools and wider partners to develop programmes that will encourage more volunteers and inspire a greater number of young people to be more active.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank our Active Schools team, support staff, volunteers and school staff for their continued hard work and enthusiasm in probably the busiest year they have ever experience in the lead up to the Commonwealth Games in providing support to our young people.”

The Scottish Government and SportScotland have committed to providing four more years of funding for the Active Schools programme across Scotland, with £75,000 coming the way of Argyll and Bute for the local programme during that period.