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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5O-00415: Ivan McKee (Glasgow Provan)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 23 November 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to ensure that sportscotland delivers on its challenge to increase the levels of sporting activity among children.

Answered by: Aileen Campbell 30 November 2016

As Minister for Sport, I routinely meet with the Chair and Chief Executive of sportscotland where we discuss a range of issues. The Scottish Government issues sportscotland with an annual strategic guidance letter highlighting key areas on which we want sportscotland to focus. I also hold an annual review with the Chair and Chief Executive to discuss progress on these areas and officials have regular meetings with sportscotland counterparts.

sportscotland play a significant role in ensuring that 98% of children have access to two hours or two periods of physical education per week and also in providing the Active Schools programme which has seen over six million opportunities for children to take part in sport and physical activity.

In addition, the School Sport Awards, a national initiative designed to encourage schools to continuously improve the quality and quantity of physical education (PE) and school sport opportunities, currently supports 158 Gold School Sport Award schools, 281 Silver schools and 92 Bronze.