The Active Schools programme for Bute’s pre-school, primary and secondary pupils is to continue until 2019 after Scotland’s national sports agency announced details of a £50 million investment over the next four years in the scheme across Scotland.
The programme has seen young people on Bute receive extra-curricular coaching in shinty, football, tennis, gymnastics and more, with the project’s local co-ordinator Jane Gillies working closely with Rothesay Joint Campus, North Bute and St Andrew’s primary schools and with pre-school groups such as Apple Tree Nursery.
The scheme also provides a programme of school holiday activities for the children and a range of fitness and wellbeing programmes, as well as co-ordinating the annual Argyll and Bute Secondary School Games.
Jane and other members of the Active Schools team on Bute also worked closely with the Rothesay Community Sport Hub on a come-and-try sport gala day at the joint campus in March.
Argyll and Bute Council’s policy lead for community and culture, Councillor Robin Currie, said, “We are delighted to have confirmation from the Scottish Government that support for our Active Schools service will continue for the next four years. We will arrange a series of meetings during the summer to discuss the details.
“During ten years of Active Schools the programme has been a very popular and highly effective and we look forward to it continuing to benefit our young people over the next four years. The council works with partners and volunteers to successfully increase participation in a range of activities.”
Click here to find out more about the Active Schools programme in Argyll and Bute.