With National Volunteers Week being this week from 1st to 7th June, it’s an appropriate time to highlight the work of our Active Schools team who utilise volunteers to provide physical activity opportunities for our children and young people.
Active Schools is national project funded through Sportscotland and all 32 local authorities.
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.
However, to make Active Schools a success, there is a heavy reliance on volunteers giving up their valuable time to provide sport and physical activity opportunities to our children and young people.
Over the last few years Active Schools have had over 90% of their “workforce” being volunteers contributing thousands of hours each year enabling our children and young people to be physically active or involved in sport and physical activity during extra-curricular sessions.
Pupils can be involved in many ways, ranging from physical participation to being a “Young Leader” with senior pupils volunteering their time to offer younger pupils sport and physical activity opportunities.
However, there is a role for everyone in our Active Schools programme whether that be pupils, parents, grandparents, students, clubs and coaches.
In light of National Volunteers Week, we thought we’d share a short video of our recent award winners from our Active Schools Volunteer of the Year Award highlighting their experiences and why they volunteer.
We hope you enjoy this video from Hannah, Cath and Marna.
However, despite this fantastic work in recruiting, retaining and utilising volunteers, Active Schools always have space to take on more willing volunteers to offer a wider range of activities to our children and young people.
If you’ve been inspired by Hannah, Cath or Marna’s stories, then check out this video highlighting why volunteering is important to our children and young people and how Active Schools will support volunteers and make your time as a volunteer beneficial, rewarding and thoroughly enjoyable.
Now, that you’ve been inspired and want to take up the challenge of being an “Active Schools Volunteer”, get in touch with your local coordinator or for more information and to start your volunteering journey.