Active Girls

Active Girls

Active Girls is a Scottish Government funded programme, managed by sportscotland and delivered in partnership with YDance, Youth Scotland and The Youth Sport Trust.

The aim of the programme is to increase girls and young women’s participation in PE, sport and physical activity through three key programmes- YDance Active, Girls on the Move and Fit for Girls.

Fit For Girls

As part of Active Girls, Fit for Girls is a joint initiative between sportscotland and Youth Sport Trust promoting physical activity amongst girls and young women through bespoke training for education providers.

Fit for Girls programme aims to increase girls’ participation in PE, physical activity and sport through tailored training and on-going support for PE staff, Active Schools Coordinators and other professional staff. The programme is a great opportunity for schools to access bespoke training, on-going professional support and funding.

All South Ayrshire secondary schools have successfully received Fit for Girls funding to develop a variety of additional opportunities within schools to get girls active!

Fit for Girls main aims is to bring sustainable change in schools and build a positive future for girls participation in lifelong physical activity.

Findings from the final evaluation of Fit for Girls show that the programme has clearly had a positive impact on how secondary schools approach the promotion of physical activity among girls, and low active girls in particular. Some of the most positive aspects of the programme include:

improved consultation with girls
increased numbers of girls-only activities
increased perceptions of health, fitness and physical activity levels among girls

Active Girls Day Friday 28th October 2016 

This year girls across Scotland got up and got active to celebrate the amazing work happening in the Active Girls programme.

A range of girls only activities took place across South Ayrshire schools to celebrate girls in sport!

YDance Active

YDance, in partnership with sportscotland, deliver three programmes under YDance Active providing opportunities for young women and the teachers who work with them to get involved with Dance.

The Active Schools Dance Academy has been developed in partnership with the YDance Active Girls Project. YDance offer a high quality training and development programme, targeting teenage girls, which is rolled out to all South Ayrshire schools. Each secondary school has the opportunity to offer up to 30 S3-6 girls the chance to take part in a full day dance workshop within their school during curricular time. This workshop is developed to motivate and inspire teenage girls to become more active through dance. The girls are introduced to a variety of dance styles such as streetdance, jazz and contemporary. During 2016 girls from 5 of the 8 secondary schools in South Ayrshire took part in day dance workshops.

Following the workshop girls are invited to to apply for a place on the Level 1 Award in Dance Leadership course. This 5 day intensive training supports the girls attending to develop the skills to plan and lead dance sessions, learn dance games and choreographic skills. In August 2016 19 girls completed the Level 1 Award in Dance Leadership and will be supported to deliver dance sessions within their own secondary and cluster primary.

The success of this programme has resulted in over 80 girls from South Ayrshire schools achieving the Level 1 Award and dance becoming the fourth most popular activity delivered by the South Ayrshire Active Schools network during August-December 2016. many of our Dance Leaders supported South Ayrshire schools to take part in the South Ayrshire Dance competition in December 2016.


Who to contact

Kirsty Mackay
Active Schools Manager
Email Kirsty

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To discuss how to increase sport and physical activity opportunities within your school, or to volunteer with Active Schools please contact us on 01292 294191 or email us at

The aim of the programme is to increase girls and young women’s participation in PE, sport and physical activity through three key programmes- YDance Active, Girls on the Move and Fit for Girls.