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Published 21 September 2018

Thousands of pupils across West Dunbartonshire took part in Active Schools sessions this year, setting a new record for participation across the region.

According to data released by sportscotland, pupils made 106,000 visits to extra-curricular sport and physical activity sessions, including athletics, netball, basketball and dance.

The participation number is the highest on record and marks more than 5000 extra attendees than last year, an increase of 5 per cent. 

The 2017-18 academic year also saw a record number of Active Schools sessions provided and supported – some 6,400, over 450 more than the previous year.

There was also an increase in the number of different pupils getting involved this year - with 5,900 compared to last year’s 5,700 and each participant visiting sessions on average 17 times.

Charlie Gibson, Chairman of West Dunbartonshire Leisure Trust, welcomed the news saying: “These impressive figures are our best to date and we should all be very proud.

“The Active Schools sessions are fun and educational, improve health and wellbeing, and also build confidence and motivation. They also contribute to the work being done locally to raise attainment.

“It is so encouraging to see that more children and young people than ever are benefitting from the varied programme on offer across West Dunbartonshire.

“The record figures demonstrate just how hard the team works to deliver a brilliant programme.

“A special mention must go to the members of school staff and the local community who give up their time regularly and get involved as volunteers to benefit our younger population.

Councillor Jim Finn, Vice Chair of West Dunbartonshire Leisure, said: “I am pleased to see Active Schools in West Dunbartonshire improving year on year and the figures released by sportscotland clearly show how committed and effective the team is in West Dunbartonshire.

“Our Active Schools Coordinators can be proud of everything they’ve achieved this year and I’d like to thank everyone for their continued support to improving the health and wellbeing of children within our area.”

The programme is delivered by West Dunbartonshire Leisure and offers opportunities for school pupils to get involved in sport and physical activity before school, during lunch and after school.

The Active Schools Network is delivered by all 32 local authorities in partnership with sportscotland, the national agency for sport.

Kids from Christie Park Primary School in Alexandria celebrated the news this week.

The Active Schools programme is in operation at every primary and secondary school in West Dunbartonshire, and more sessions than ever were offered over the course of the 2017-18 school year.

It is delivered by a team of 338 people, with 92 per cent of them giving up their time voluntarily to help.

If you want to get involved, please visit: https://www.west-dunbarton.gov.uk/leisure-parks-events/west-dunbartonshire-leisure/active-schools/be-involved/

or visit us on Twitter @activeschoolsWD