A key role for Active Schools across Scotland is to develop a network of volunteers to deliver sport and physical activities in schools and the wider community. We support a wide range of volunteers - from school teachers and office staff to parents and sports club members - providing training and resources and ongoing support and development opportunities.
Active Schools work in partnership with the Sports Coaching and Development course at West College Scotland to run the "Students in Sport" programme.
Every student studying this course, from Level 4 through to HND, gets the opportunity to work within a primary school in West Dunbartonshire, where they gain valuable experience of coaching younger children during P.E and/or extra-curricular clubs.
Students also receive training in a wide range of sports and activities, allowing them to deliver these sports and gain valuable qualifications.
The Sportscotland School Sport Award is a national initiative designed to encourage schools to continuously improve the quality and quantity of physical education and school sport opportunities, within and outwith the curriculum. They award also encourages stronger sporting links between schools and the communities around them.
Schools looking to take part in the School Sport Award complete an online assessment tool which identifies if they are at Bronze or Silver Award level. Some schools upon completion of the assessment will achieve a level at which they will be able to apply for Gold.
The gold award formally recognise a school’s achievement in putting quality physical education and school sport at the heart of their planning, practice and ethos.
So far, St. Patrick's Primary School in Dumbarton are the first and only school in West Dunbartonshire to achieve the Gold School Sport Award. However, many more schools in the local authority have applied during 2015-16.
With the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles proving to be a huge success, Golf is a priority sport for Active Schools. Our aim is to get all P5 Primary school children actively involved in the ClubGolf program and link them with the many Golf Clubs situated in West Dunbartonshire.
Active Schools hosted the inaugural Charlie Green Trophy Championship in September 2013 which saw High School Junior Golf players from West and East Dunbartonshire compete against each other in Ryder Cup style matches. This was a huge success and now runs annually, creating a fantastic legacy from the 2014 Ryder Cup.
Every year Active Schools host an annual Dance Festival which allows all schools in West Dunbartonshire to showcase their dancing talent. To support the schools, training is offered to all schools and volunteer dance teachers give up their time to teach the young people a routine which they perform in front of over 400 spectators. Dance is taught in many different styles and forms which the Festival welcomes and celebrates.
Secondary school girls also get the opportunity to gain an award in Dance Leadership and can then assist with delivering extra-curricular clubs in their high school and local primary schools.
Active Schools have strong links with the local rugby clubs, Loch Lomond and Clydebank, who are inspirational in the work they do with schools to increase the Rugby provision in West Dunbartonshire.
Both clubs deliver rugby sessions within curriculum time, offer after school clubs and host Active Schools Tag Rugby Festivals. More information about the Rugby Clubs including contact details are available on the School - Club Links webpage.
Tennis is a growing sport in Scotland with the sensational achievements of Andy Murray and we at Active schools want to take advantage of this popularity.
Active Schools work closely with Kirktonhill Tennis Club and Drumchapel Tennis Club in providing tennis provision within the schools. The clubs assist with the delivery of curriculum blocks for the schools and host festivals, which, in turn, increases school - club links.
In partnership with 'Tennis for Free', Whitecrook tennis courts host the charities free tennis provision for one year. Every Saturday morning from 1.30pm - 3.30pm there are coaches and equipment free of charge available for all ages. Before attending please register via the Tennis for Free website then show up on the day and play.