East Ren kids line up for sports scheme

Team East Renfrewshire: volunteers with some of the kids involved in Active Schools.
Team East Renfrewshire: volunteers with some of the kids involved in Active Schools.

PUPILS from across East Renfrewshire are set for sport, as shown by a massive increase in the uptake of the Active Schools programme.

The scheme is designed to get more young people into sport, and the figures for both taking part and for community volunteers has rocketed this year.

In 2012-13, there was a 32 per cent increase in the number of youngsters involved — a jump of 35,000 from the previous year.

And it seems that teachers are lining up to be involved too, as they make up the largest percentage of volunteers for activities outwith school hours — a figure which has, again, increased.

East Renfrewshire council’s convener for education and equalities, councillor Elaine Green, said: “Our schools have engaged wonderfully with the Olympic programme.

“Our Active Schools team and the volunteers have worked hard with pupils in our secondary and primary schools to build on the legacy of the 2012 Olympic Games — thanks too to all our teachers who have given their time to get involved.”

East Renfrewshire has this year exceeded national figures for pupil participation, with a rise of just 13 per cent across Scotland as a whole.