'What did you do after school today? I learned how to play rugby!'
If you're a parent or grandparent you'll probably hear about the Active Schools Programme all the time. It has transformed the way young people engage with sport. In 2013 young people in North Lanarkshire took part in Active Schools sport activities 353,482 times. That's a lot of active kids.
The North Lanarkshire Active Schools team is part of a national network which motivates and inspires young people to get active and stay active. Our goal is to give all children and young people access to high quality extra-curricular sport. By offering a wide range of sports children get the chance to try out something new. Last year alone, we supported the delivery of 19,137 sports sessions.
We give children these opportunities by working with teachers, schools and NL Leisure but also need help from lots of volunteers. Our volunteers play a crucial role in the success of all Active Schools initiatives. Last year, 798 people dedicated an incredible 9,306 hours to the programme. They helped make sure that every child was given access to a broad range of experiences. This develops pathways between sport clubs and other community organisations, helping pupils to continue their participation in sport outside the school gates.
North Lanarkshire runs one of Scotland's most successful Active Schools Programmes. In 2016 we would like to offer even more. Would you like to help young people get active and enjoy sport? Volunteer with North Lanarkshire and you can learn new skills and help youngsters lead fuller, fitter lives. Complete the Volunteer Form here.
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