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What is Active Schools?

Active Schools is a national programme in partnership with sportscotland with the aim of providing 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.

Young people make a valuable contribution as leaders in sport. 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 the last 13 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.

Active Schools Activities

Why not try some of our fun activities to keep you active in school and at home!

Extracurricular Sport and Activity Programmes

The mainstay of the Active Schools team, is our partnership with local communities including schools, sports clubs and other community organisations. We work together in order to support the delivery of extracurricular sport for our young people. Our goal is to increase the number, and raise the standard of opportunities which young people are able to take part in sport and activity before school, during lunch time and after school.

Primary School Sport and Health Award

A new initiative which we hope to roll out in early 2021. Our aim is to support and reward primary schools who have the ambition and drive to put extracurricular sport at the heart of their school community.

Primary School Virtual Games

A fun and easy set of activities for primary school pupils to take part in with their friends. These can be tailored by Active School Coordinators to allow schools to compete against each other in a variety of virtual games.

Sport Leadership Academy

The Sports Leadership Academy is a programme designed to support school pupils to develop their skills and experience through sports coaching and officiating, enhancing skills for life and work. The project combines sports qualifications or awards with practical coaching and officiating experience in a school or club setting, providing vital skills to help pupils flourish in education and employment.

Secondary School Virtual Competitions

With travel not as easy for young people within Argyll and Bute, the Active Schools team have created a set of “Virtual Competitions” where pupils are able to compete against other pupils accross the whole of Argyll and Bute in sports such as rowing, cycling and running.

How can I help or get involved?

Volunteers are at the heart of the work in Active Schools.  Without their support, the majority of activities would not happen.  There are over 800 people, including parents, teachers, support staff, community coaches, senior pupils and young primary leaders, who kindly give up their time to help across a range of sports and activities.

  • Are you interested in sport and physical activity?
  • Would you like to help make a difference?
  • Are you full of enthusiasm and energy?
  • Do you have an hour to spare a week?
  • Do you enjoy working with young people?
  • Would you be willing to participate in local training?

Active Schools will provide on-going guidance and support and in return volunteers will gain a high quality and rewarding volunteer experience.

If you would like to get involved please email for more information.

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