More children are becoming active

East Ren kids are ditching digital devices for sport
East Ren kids are ditching digital devices for sport

More youngsters than ever before are bucking the trend for digital devices and taking part in sport in East Renfrewshire.

In the past 12 months there were 141,000 visits to the Active Schools sports and physical activity sessions run by East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure in partnership with sportscotland.

This is an increase of 30 per cent in the past four years – helped by more sports activity sessions being offered, which saw a 28 per cent jump to 6539 sessions organised in the past year.

There has also been a huge increase in the number of school staff, students, senior pupils, club coaches and parents helping deliver the sports activities before and after school and during lunchtimes.

There are now 352 volunteers involved, which is an increase of 311 per cent compared to 2012.

And the number of links between schools and sports clubs has also risen to 198 – a jump of 22 per cent.

Active Schools offers wide range of 46 different sports and activities for youngsters to try.

Anthony McReavy, chief executive of ERCL said: “The Active Schools team is an important part of our efforts to make East Renfrewshire healthier and more active, so I’m delighted to see there have been so many children and young people taking part.

“Sport and physical activity is tremendous for health and wellbeing and it’s also great fun.

“I’m also really pleased to see an increase in the number of people delivering these sessions – the vast majority of whom are volunteers.

“These people deserve a big vote of thanks for giving up their time to enable children and young people to enjoy sport.”

Stewart Harris, chief executive of sportscotland, said: “Our strong partnerships with ERCL are helping to further strengthen and improve our Active Schools Network across the area. Together, we will continue to ensure that young people in East Renfrewshire have the best sporting opportunities and experiences available.”

East Ren Culture and Leisure offer a huge choice of sporting activities in and around the local area, and are available for all to try out.

Further details van be found at www.ercultureandleisure.org/.