Active Schools aims to provide more and higher quality opportunities to take part in sport and physical activity before school, during lunchtime and after school, and to develop effective pathways between schools and sports clubs in the local community.
Active Schools coordinators work with primary, secondary and additional support needs schools to increase the number and diversity of children and young people participating in Active Schools activities. Coordinators also have a key role in developing a network of volunteers to deliver activity sessions. These volunteers consist of teachers, parents, school staff, students, sports coaches and senior pupils who are central to the success of Active Schools.
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North Ayrshire Sports Academy (NASA) is a sports coach education and training programme in sport and physical activity run by North Ayrshire Council’s Active Schools team. It provides an opportunity for up to 54 young people across North Ayrshire to become qualified leaders in Sport (6 per secondary school). The course provides training, mentoring, qualifications and awards to all participants. This allows participants to boost their CV and gain valuable experience as well as developing life skills such as confidence, communication, leadership, time management and organization skills.
In addition to the training all students will be required to attend regular mentoring sessions with their Active Schools Coordinator and undertake an agreed number of voluntary hours within their school and local primary schools and community. Students are required to gain experience in delivering sport and physical activity sessions to fulfil the voluntary requirement of the course. This achieves a voluntary recognition certificate known as The Saltire Award – a Scottish Government initiative to recognise volunteering by young people. Students help raise the profile of sport and physical activity as part of North Ayrshire Council’s Sport Strategy.
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