"What did you do after school today?"
"The Archery club visited the school and I shot an arrow for the first time - I loved it!"
If you're a parent or grandparent you'll probably hear about the Active Schools Programme all the time. It has transformed the way young people engage with sport. In 2015/16 58% of school children in Shetland took part in Active Schools supported activities a total of 46,886 times. That's a lot of active kids.
The Shetland Active Schools team is part of a national network which motivates and inspires young people to get active and stay active. Our goal is to give all children and young people access to high quality extra-curricular sport and physical activities. By offering a wide range of sports children get the chance to try out something new. Last year alone, we supported the delivery of 2314 activity sessions.
We give children these opportunities by working with teachers, schools, club coaches but also need help from lots of volunteers. Our volunteers play a crucial role in the success of all Active Schools initiatives. Last year, 175 volunteers supported Active Schools related activity, helping make sure that every child was given access to a broad range of experiences. This develops pathways between sport clubs and other community organisations, helping pupils to continue their participation in sport outside the school gates.