Argyll and Bute Council’s Policy Lead for Community and Culture, Councillor Robin Currie, has welcomed the announcement from sportscotland of a further four-year investment into its successful Active Schools Network.
The announcement will see £50 million invested into Active Schools across all 32 of Scotland’s local authorities from 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2019, and will continue to develop opportunities available to children and young people to participate in sport and physical activity before school, during lunch, and after school.
The 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.”
During 2012/2013 the Argyll and Bute Active Schools programme, over 112,000 children and young people from a school population of around 10,700 benefited from extra curricular activity.
The council is working with NHS Highland on promoting healthy weight, and providing support to families and to children with disabilities.