Fife’s Active Schools ambassadors lead the sporting way

Ambassadors Sally Mills and Courtney Allen deliver a dance session at Waid Academy.
Ambassadors Sally Mills and Courtney Allen deliver a dance session at Waid Academy.

Over 100 new Active Schools ambassadors, representing all of Fife’s high schools, are on their way to becoming the next generation of effective sport leaders in their school and community.

The ambassador programme is a nationwide initiative supported by sportscotland that was established five years ago.

Amie McCrostrie helps youngsters get active at a sports session at Bell Baxter Academy.

Amie McCrostrie helps youngsters get active at a sports session at Bell Baxter Academy.

It is designed to develop young leaders who can inspire and motivate others to take part in sport and physical activity.

Within Fife there are now around 200 Active Schools ambassadors across the 19 high schools.

The new recruits recently took part in a training day at Rothes Halls, Glenrothes, to help them prepare for the task in hand.

Councillor Mark Hood, executive committee member, believesthe ambassadors play a crucial role in their local community.

He said: “The work the ambassadors do is hugely commendable. In an average academic year they often dedicate over 100 hours of volunteering each.

“They are essential in the planning and running of extra-curricular clubs, festival and holiday camps across Fife and champion the positives of being and staying active.”

Graeme Duncan, Active Schools coordinator, added: “A number of workshops were on offer throughout the day to help the ambassadors lead sports programmes, promote extra-curricular clubs and develop ideas for under-represented groups.

“The workshops were led by our ‘Platinum Ambassadors’. They are senior pupils who are established ambassadors and have been identified as good ambassador role models.

“A Q&A session also helped the ambassadors to gain an understanding of how their role can support them within higher and further education as well as employment.”

The new Active School ambassadors will now take what they have learned and apply it in their school and community.

Many of the ambassadors have started planning for new extra-curricular clubs in their school, and have already assisted in delivering sports camps during the October school holidays.