Student Volunteers

Are you a student looking for experience in sports coaching?

Active Schools can provide opportunities for you to lead sports sessions with children and young people from Nursery right through to Secondary School.

Whether you are looking for an FE/HE placement, or looking to gain valuable work experience to include on your CV, Active Schools will provide you with a supportive, fun and memorable experience.


We work in partnership with local Colleges and Universities to offer a range of opportunities to students. These include work placements for Ayrshire College and UWS Sports Students who are provided the opportunity to develop their coaching skills in the school environment and gain qualifications.

During 2018-19 over 70 students supported the Active Schools network in South Ayrshire by delivering regular extra-curricular activities within schools.

2019/20 Student Internships

We are offering UWS and Ayrshire College students the opportunity to work with us as part of our exciting Internship Programme.  Successful student will be given the chance to develop key project management skills in a variety of areas including increasing participation, working with vulnerable groups and creating and sustaining pathways.

Students are given the chance to work in new and existing projects targeting key groups with a number of local partners. This year we will be recruiting Student Interns whose projects will run until June 2020.


Don’t have any experience?

We are looking for students of all types to help within the Active Schools programme, you don’t have to be studying a sports related course to get involved.

South Ayrshire Active Schools offer all volunteers with free coach education and training to provide you with the necessary skills to assist in getting our children physically active.

To find out more contact us on 01292 294191 or

Student Volunteers of the Term December 2018

Congratulations to Nicola Fisher who is our student volunteer winners for Term 1!

Since completing her last volunteer placement with Active Schools, Nicola has progressed to study Advanced Sport and Fitness at college. However, she has decided to use some of her independent study time to strengthen her links with Braehead Primary, develop her own coaching ability and inspire pupils by leading afterschool football training at the school.
This term she has led 12 hours of training and coached the girls’ team at Active Schools Girls Football Festival, but she has also achieved so much more:
Nicola attended Braehead from nursery through to P7 and takes great pride in giving back to the school she has such fond memories of. She has inspired more girls to try football by sharing her experiences of playing mixed gender and girls-only football at school.
Nicola led a presentation at school assembly about her journey from primary school to winning the Ayr United Ladies’ Division two and brought in the trophy to show all the pupils. She also visited all the classes to take time to answer all their questions.
Some of the girls who train at Braehead now want to follow Nicola to train at her current club. She supports them to attend U11 and U13 training by attending herself to be a familiar face. This term, Braehead’s goalkeeper, Caidin, has joined Ayr’s training and thanks Nicola for giving her the confidence to do so.
Braehead primary have seen a rise in pupils attending girls football training thanks to the time and enthusiasm shown by Nicola. This term has seen Nicola grow from a volunteer coach to a role model and ambassador for girls’ football at Braehead Primary.

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Get involved in Active Schools


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