Pupils across West Dunbartonshire benefited from a record number of Active School sessions last year.

By Democrat reporter

The 126,000 visits to extra-curricular clubs is more than 20,000 higher than the previous year.

The number of sessions provided before school, at lunch-times and after-school also grew – by 777, reaching a total of 7,225.

An additional 551 children and young people took part in the activity sessions too, with 6,425 different pupils enjoying a wide range of sports and activities, from Basketball and Netball to Dance and Tennis.

Charlie Gibson, Chairman of West Dunbartonshire Leisure Trust, welcomed the news saying: “I’m really pleased to see the activity levels in the past 12 months and the positive impact that this will have had in the local area.

“It is great to see so many children and young people benefiting from the varied programme on offer across West Dunbartonshire.

“Not only are our Active Schools sessions fun and educational,  they also improve health and well-being, and build confidence and motivation.

“Our team works exceptionally hard to deliver such a varied programme which caters for all young people and it is great to see that delivering these levels of participation.”

Provost Christmas Card Comp winners 2018Provost William Hendrie, pictured left, who serves on the board of trustees for the West Dunbartonshire Leisure, said: “I am pleased to see that Active Schools in West Dunbartonshire are continuing to engage so effectively with our young people and get them into new and interesting forms of sport and exercise.

“Our Active Schools Coordinators can be proud of everything they’ve achieved this year.”

The Active Schools programme is in operation at every primary and secondary school in West Dunbartonshire.

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