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A Public Health Campaign :: ‘Let’s Live Longer Scotland’

We are starting a campaign to ensure that state educated children take part in a minimum of 6 hours physical activity per week.

We are a Parent led community sports club based in the West End of Glasgow; we provide inclusive sport for 750 children and young adults. PCST has been founded by Parents to further expand inclusive sport.

We are looking to influence and change the way we invest in Sport and physical education in Scotland. We are of the opinion that a radical approach is required to change the decline in public health through lack of physical fitness and a combination of poor diet.

There are certain facts that make us frustrated yet drive us forward. The key drivers for us are;

  • Childhood obesity and the ensuing health issues such as diabetes

  • The poor life expectancy in Glaswegians and Scots compared with other Europeans

  • Young people involved with Drugs, Drink and Violence

  • Divided Communities through Race and Religion

The club recognise that there is a crisis developing in the state of public health and have observed the efforts of a number of agencies to improve the Nation’s health. The club sits in a unique position amongst sports organisations in Scotland; we are successful in getting large numbers of young people active and can attract large numbers of volunteers. This is despite a complete lack of facilities and with no direct funding from Central or Local government.

Broomhill Sports Club wants to see the following as a way forward to change the current and deteriorating health of the Scottish population.

  • Make our Schools the focus for increasing physical activity and health and well being in young people.

  • Increased sports provision in state Schools to replicate the private sector, a minimum of six hours per week. (Half day school  sports days , early morning sessions, inter school team events and a pathway to community sport)

  • Individual children would have a personal activity target. Children should be expected to participate in activities in the same way we expect them to read and write.

  • Base activities around traditional sports with room for alternative physical activities for targeted individuals.

  • School based Coaching Teams will foster Parental participation to help create Community groups such as Broomhill Sport Club to support their own activities and develop extra curricular activities.

  • Multi skilled Sports Development teams based in Schools with a remit for organising competitive team sports, volunteer development and individual motivation programmes for targeted individuals.

  • The coercion and education of local clubs to get involved or create willing participants of our own clubs.

  • Investment in local sports facilities to have a criterion of meeting the demands of multiple sports and not just one single code.

  • Investment in inclusive sports organisations to be a priority above selective and elite organisations

There would be a change in the role of PE and PE Teaching in Schools.  We would need a complete perception change in what we see Schools doing with our young children. It’s a perception that says you need a Healthy Body to have a Healthy Mind. This is not an original concept and is something that is a key feature of most mission statements in Private Schools. We feel that the focus would be about attaining a minimum amount of physical activity for each child throughout their School career. Every Scottish child should be able to run a sub 10 minute mile without stopping. How we get there will require a degree of ingenuity and flexibility from Coaching Professionals.

The challenge is that we are dealing with a generation of Parents who have no habit of regular sports participation. This generation can not and will not get the nations young people fit and healthy, this has to start in Primary Schools as a minimum curriculum requirement.

We understand that cost would be the first concern of Government. However this is an incredibly cost effective solution to the long term health and well-being of the population. Funding would come from;

  • Saving in payment of Sports Coaches instead of teachers

  • Divert existing funding and resources away from local leisure company’s and governing bodies into School sport.

  • Savings in Health spending will cover the cost of the project and provide a dividend for other underfunded services.

  • Savings in Social Work and Policing costs from providing alternative youth and community activity

  • Volunteer Contributions of time and expertise

We are looking to meet with any individual or group who is interested in our aims and objectives. If you want to support us we would be pleased to hear from you.

The Campaign will start under the banner of ‘Let’s Live Longer Scotland’

For more details contact:
0141 280 2464


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