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S5W-16751: Elaine Smith (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 17 May 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what funding it offers to local authorities to support children from low-income families in accessing leisure and sports activities outwith school.

Answered by: Aileen Campbell 5 June 2018

It is the responsibility of each local authority to provide local facilities for sport and leisure, and to set a fair pricing structure for these facilities. sport scotland undertake an annual review of local authority charges for sports participation in Scotland which can be found at https://sportscotland.org.uk/about-us/our-publications/archive/charges-for-sports-facilities/ .

Through sport scotland, we have committed up to £50 million to be invested in our Active Schools programme between 2015-19. 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. We have seen the number of young people participating in Active Schools rise from 270,691 in academic year 2013-14 to 293,878 in academic year 2016-17 – a rise of 8.6% in 3 years. This programme has a key focus within areas of deprivation in support of our ambitions to raise attainment. The latest analysis of data by sport scotland indicates that the Active Schools model of providing free and low-cost opportunities has been very successful in addressing the inequalities in participation between the areas of lowest and highest multiple deprivation seen in many other sport and physical activity programmes.