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Active Champions aiming for an A

Rohanna Irvine, Youth Development Coordinator, Active East

13/03/2017
Sport and physical activity
4 years on from the Commonwealth Games and Scottish Sports Futures Award winning legacy programme Active East is supporting young people to change their lives and the lives of other young people living and growing up in the East End.

4 years on from the Commonwealth Games and Scottish Sports Futures Award winning legacy programme Active East is supporting young people to change their lives and the lives of other young people living and growing up in the East End

How? Training, college, qualifications, real life skills, i.e getting the bus, increasing confidence in their lives, their hopes and aspirations, planning, setting goals- real life goals.

We know this because the young people are making a commitment to us- Active East, a commitment to themselves and a commitment to other young people. In doing this, the Active Champions have given over 33,000 volunteer hours since 2013, assisting and leading physical activity provision within the East End of Glasgow. In 2016 alone, the Active Champions dedicated over 400 hours to training- highlighting their commitment to personal development and the confidence of putting this into practice- not just ticking a box. They are being supported to utilise their skills in their volunteer placements which span 41 organisation in the East of Glasgow and in a recent survey 100% stated they have completed new training which is directly being put into practice.

15 Active Champions have recently progressed on to paid employment with partner organisations delivering sport and physical activity- highlighting the change, the possibilities and the real life positive destinations. In a recent survey 100% strongly agree that they take a positive attitude towards themselves which demonstrates they gained and increased aspiration and self-belief. The structure, support and young people’s voices on the programme allows and nurtures this.

63.5% have supported new physical activity across the east end of Glasgow- Scotland scored an F for overall levels of physical activity amongst young people in Scotland, Active Champions aiming for an A.

For 2017 and based on Young people consultation we have now evolved the programme and its strands for the young people

-  Active Champions- Aimed at young people interested in assisting with sport and physical activity

- Ready Steady Lead Champions- For young people who want to take a leadership role in sport and physical activity in: planning, delivery, marketing, evaluating

- Mini Mentors- For those Active Champions who have completed the programme and wish to mentor the new active champions, create and delivering training for young people and deliver residentials.

For more information visit http://scottishsportsfutures.org.uk/active-east/