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Sport and physical activity for all

Our vision is to ensure all young people, including those with additional support needs and those that face barriers to engage in physical activity have the opportunity to take part in high-quality physical activities both in schools and in the wider community. We seek to build confidence and knowledge in our teachers, volunteers and coaches and improve resources to make all sport and physical activity inclusive for ALL. 

We aim to support young people into positive lifestyle choices through physical activity and sport, by educating them of the positive health benefits they could gain, by making it easier to be physically active where they live, to learn and play by spreading best practices and supporting our volunteers with high quality training.


Changing Lives through Sport 

Sport & physical activity have the power to change lives 

Evidence shows that being active brings about positive changes beyond participation and can impact positively on the health and wellbeing of individuals, on their skills and learning, and on communities, ensuring a more inclusive and healthier nation. 

Sporting and non-sporting organisations can proactively use sport & physical activity as an intentional tool to achieve both increased participation and wider social outcomes. 

These positive changes are most likely to happen if the organisations delivering sport and physical activity demonstrate the following; 

  • a clear understanding and commitment to the social outcomes the organisation wants to achieve. 

  • commitment to building organisational capacity 

  • thorough understanding of their community 

  • a person-centred approach 

  • the right staff & volunteers with the right skills set and values 

  • commitment to working in partnership 

  • commitment to removing barriers to participation and ensuring equality and inclusion 

Sportscotland, Scottish Government, The Robertson Trust and Spirit of 2012 are working together to deliver a wide programme of support and funding which aims to support organisations to use sport and physical activity as a driver to achieve positive individual and community change as a core element of the existing World Class Sporting System. 

We recognise that high-quality sport and physical activity play an important role in all children’s lives including those with disabilities and learning difficulties. Physical activity can have such a positive impact on a child’s health, social, physical and emotional wellbeing. 

Active Girls 

National data shows that physical activity levels start to decrease in children as young as 7 years of age. This also marks the ‘tipping point’ for confidence and attitudes in girls. Typically, boys report higher levels of physical activity than girls, and there is a trend for a steeper average decline in physical activity for girls compared to boys. Given the impact that habits established during childhood have further throughout life, increasing children’s physical activity levels, especially amongst the least active, has the potential to reap both immediate and longer-lasting benefits. 

Our efforts to engage more girls in sport and physical activity have found that changes to a whole-school's physical activity policy has a greater impact on encouraging girls to be more physically active and less sedentary, especially if supporting changes to the structure, content or environment of delivery of physical activity for less-active girls. We have found that teacher professional learning to improve lesson preparation and management has potential long-term benefits for teachers and students when engaging less-active girls. Schools should consider educating less-active girls as to the benefits of physical activity to promote behaviour change. Positive attitudes towards physical activity and intentions to participate is a step change towards actual participation 

Our Recommended approaches include. 

  1. CONSULT WITH LESS-ACTIVE GIRLS As a starting point and ongoing two-way process, this is essential to understanding girls’ needs, giving them ownership of physical activities, and helping to build trust. Make it about the girls! 

  1. ENGAGE PARENTS Involving parents/carers is a key ingredient for successful implementation. Lack of parental support can impede girls from being more physically active.  

  1. TRAIN SCHOOL STAFF Time out for staff to reflect, formulate ideas and plan the intervention is vital.  

  1. MAKE IT RELEVANT Understand and explore the factors that prevent less-active girls from being active.  

  1. INCREASE OPPORTUNITIES IN THE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT Provide opportunities throughout the school day, in PE lessons and at break times for less active girls to be physically active.  

  1. IDENTIFY AND PROMOTE POSITIVE ROLE MODELS A variety of positive sporting role models can have a powerful effect on children’s attitudes to physical activity.  

  1. PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES FOR GIRLS TO BE LEADERS Provide less-active girls with opportunities to demonstrate leadership and make decisions to increase their effort during PE lessons and physical activity sessions.  

  1. FOCUS ON FRIENDSHIP AND FUN Informal, girls-only physical activity sessions, which focus on fun and enjoyment with friends, are very successful.  

  1. PROVIDE REWARDS AND RECOGNITION To influence girls’ attitudes, recognise and reward effort as well as achievement. 

  1. USE PHYSICAL ACTIVITY TO ATTAIN PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT GOALS Interventions with both physical and cognitive components, such as goal setting, tend to influence children’s levels of physical activity more strongly than those using only one component. 

Get Active Programme

Get Active is a free family healthy lifestyle programme which supports children to work towards a healthy weight in partnership with Active Schools and NHS Tayside. 

It's about working together as a family to make small lifestyle changes.

Supported by a trained coach, you'll learn more about eating well and being more active. Children will get the opportunity to take part in fun, active games, while parents share ideas and experiences.  

How does it work? 

  • 8 sessions, taking place at school in form of a extra-curricular club within the gym hall or community room once a week. 

  • Working with the School & Family Development Workers, families will start with a 1-1 consultation. 

  • This is followed by a series of interactive group sessions. 

  • Each week a different topic is covered, from introducing a healthier eating plan, to discussions around physical activity and thinking about the amount of time spent watching television or playing on the computer. 

How do you get involved? 

Contact your local Active Schools Coordinator or your child’s School & Family Development Worker to find out more.


Inclusive sports and activity clubs 

To find out more about local opportunities, check out these websites:

Schools Information


Volunteers supporting a range of school sport opportunities

Schools Info


School to club links - providing pathways to further participation