Active Schools Participant Information
Concessionary Access to Leisure Scheme
Aberdeenshire Council do offer concessionary charges.
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Active Schools Participant Code of Conduct
Active Schools Aberdeenshire Partnership Programmes
This section provides information about the many events and partnership programmes that Active Schools Aberdeenshire are involved in.
For more information about events in your area click on Active Schools in Your Area.
Many national agencies recognise the importance of Active Schools in coordinating and facilitating governing bodies and Scottish Government initiatives that impact on our young people's lives and habits.
Aberdeenshire Active Schools has worked in partnership with the SFA, Aberdeen Football Club, Food Standards Agency, NHS, Big Lottery Fund, Youth Sports Trust and Scottish Disability Sport amongst others to deliver the objectives of each individual programme to a high standard.
Active Schools work closely with Aberdeenshire Council's team of sports specific officers. They also have an army of coaches, leaders and instructors in a wide variety of sports. For more information go to the Active Aberdeenshire (Sports Development) pages or contact Fraser Govan on 01569 768355.
Some exciting initiatives that Active Schools are involved in are:
Active from the Start
Active Schools working in partnership with NHS Grampian, Early Years and the Intervention team at Aberdeenshire Council have developed this project aimed at nursery children and involves parents supporting the development of key skills. The project commences with curricular delivery and then children have "take home activity bags" to encourage participation of physical activity at home with parents to develop core competencies eg rolling, catching, kicking etc. Activity cards give parents specific ideas on how to develop each skill at home.
Fit for Girls, a national drive that will be led by Sportscotland and backed by government investment, is aimed at schoolgirls aged 11-16 with the intention of encouraging them to adopt more active lifestyles.
The programme will involve Youth Sport Trust (YST) trainers providing training for teachers and Active Schools Coordinators, so that specially tailored activities can be developed for girls both in school and outside the curriculum. Successful pilot schemes, supported by funding from the Big Lottery Fund and Youth Sports Trust expertise, have already been run in numerous schools, with research showing that average participation rates increased from 18 percent to 26 percent in three quarters of the schools involved.
Clubgolf is designed as a safe and exciting introduction to the game of golf. It is played with multi-coloured modified clubs, rubberised balls and velcro targets. This is an exciting national programme, which offers primary 5 pupils an excellent pathway from curricular delivery to being adopted by a local golf club where a youth section is set up to further develop the child's potential until the age of 16. Schools receive a free resource bag and lesson plans in order to deliver the programme.
Aberdeenshire Active Schools are working in partnership with Ydance to develop a work force of girls who can deliver dance sessions. Local one day workshops are planned leading on to regional CPD skills workshops.
A summary of the projects main aims are below:
- Increased opportunities for girls and young women to participate
- Access to leadership opportunities and roles for girls in school and community sport
- Greater recognition of the power of girls to motivate and inspire their peers and more opportunities to do so
- Increase capacity of workforce to deliver quality sport and physical activity opportunities for girls and young women in school and community sport
Positive Coaching Scotland
The Positive Coaching Scotland (PCS) programme is about creating a positive environment in youth sport - one which focuses on encouraging effort and learning, improving performance and fostering competition. This focus helps young people to understand the importance of effort rather than winning at all costs.
The programme involves key influencers in a young person's life and below you should be able to find information whether you are a coach, teacher, parent or club leader of young people in sport.
Positive Coaching Scotland is delivered by Active Schools & Sportscotland in partnership with Winning Scotland Foundation and local and national partners.
The Aberdeenshire Leaders Initiative aims to develop leadership, volunteer and coaching capacity to help build firm foundations for the future of local sport.
Aberdeenshire Leaders is a programme for young people age 16-20 across Aberdeenshire. The programme is made up of coaching courses, volunteering at large events, volunteering in school clubs and having the opportunity to attend courses such as disability inclusion training, First Aid, TOPS training, child protection and various other additional courses.
As well as training and development, including elements such as sports coaching awards and leadership workshops, each candidate will also be supported in an ongoing volunteer role in their community.
Aberdeenshire Leaders will also be expected to volunteer at a number of high profile Aberdeenshire sporting events, such as Run Balmoral, and aims to support and develop volunteers, coaches and leaders of the future.
Furthermore, competition for university and college places is at an all time high, and the jobs market has never been more competitive.
More and more applicants need to stand out from the crowd, and have a CV which details far more than academic credentials and a recent national survey highlighted sports participation and volunteering as priority attributes for successful applicants.
Objective - develop new leaders and volunteers who can gain organisational and planning skills through a sports medium. New sports clubs, new leaders working in schools
Target Group - pupils who wish to gain a formal qualification and who can learn key skills through the diversity of sports planning and organisation.