Active Schools aims to provide more and higher quality opportunities to take part in sport
and physical activity before school, during lunchtime and after school, and to develop
effective pathways between schools and sports clubs in the local community.
Active Schools coordinators work with primary, secondary and additional support needs
schools to increase the number and diversity of children and young people participating
in Active Schools activities.
Active Schools coordinators also have a key role in developing a network of volunteers
to deliver activity sessions. These volunteers consist of teachers, parents, school staff,
students, sports coaches and senior pupils who are central to the success of Active
Young people make a valuable contribution as leaders in sport and Active Schools
coordinators provide leadership opportunities across a range of roles and support
young people throughout their leadership journey.
Active Schools has worked with schools for over 10 years providing opportunities for
children and young people to get involved, and stay involved, in sport and will continue
to make a significant contribution to a world class sporting system in Scotland.
There are a number of programmes which we continue to support within our clusters one being Young Ambassadors and the other School Sport Award.
Young Ambassadors is an exciting and energetic lottery funded programme to help develop young people as leaders in sport.
Each year, two pupils from each secondary school in Scotland are chosen as Young Ambassadors to promote sport, and motivate and inspire other young people to get involved in sport in their schools, clubs and local communities.
There have been over 2,500 Young Ambassadors in Scotland since the programme started in 2012, and 650 new Young Ambassadors attend the conferences each year.
The key role of a Young Ambassador is to support Active Schools locally and use the School Sport Award to influence six aspects of school sport –
- Extra-curricular sport provision
- Links to community sport opportunities
- Opportunities for competition
- Celebration of pupil achievements in sport
- Leadership opportunities for young people
- PE in schools
Youth Sport Trust created the Young Ambassadors programme to build the leadership skills of young people to encourage their peers to become more engaged in sport. Youth Sport Trust own the intellectual property rights in Young Ambassadors and have granted permission to sportscotland to use the brand and concept, which sportscotland gratefully acknowledge.
School Sport Award
The sportscotland School Sport Award is a national, Lottery funded initiative designed to encourage schools to continuously improve physical education (PE) and school sport opportunities. The sportscotland School Sport Award:
- Encourages schools to self-reflect and continuously improve
- Puts young people at the forefront of the decision making and planning of PE and sport in their school
- Helps schools to increase young people’s opportunities and engagement in PE & school sport
- Helps schools to put PE & school sport at the heart of their planning, practice and ethos
- Recognises and celebrates successful PE & school sport models
The sportscotland School Sport Award provides schools with the following benefits:
- An online self-assessment tool to identify current strengths and areas for improvement in PE & school sport
- A development plan template to improve any areas of weakness
- The opportunity to achieve national recognition with a Bronze, Silver or Gold sportscotland School Sport Award
Schools interested in gaining an award complete an initial self-assessment which identifies if they are at Bronze or Silver. Schools who achieve 75% or above will be able to apply for Gold.
The bronze, silver and gold awards formally recognise a school’s achievement in putting physical education and school sport at the heart of their planning, practice and ethos. The awards will also highlight and celebrate successful physical education and school sport models across Scotland.
If you require any further assistance regarding Active Schools please contact me on the details below:
Active Schools Coordinator, Kilwinning Cluster.