WITH indoor events and outdoor sport gradually returning in Helensburgh and Lomond - and across the country - a volunteer appeal has been issued to ensure local youngsters don’t miss out on their favourite activities.

Live Argyll’s Active Schools team is seeking to add to its network of adult helpers to support the delivery of extracurricular sport and physical activity sessions to pupils throughout the area.

Some activities have restarted in the region following the easing of lockdown rules, and with the further relaxation of restrictions soon those interested in volunteering are being encouraged to help grow the programme.

Martin Caldwell, Active Schools coordinator, said: “Without the input from all our volunteers giving an hour or two a week the young people would have far less of these valuable sport and physical activity sessions to attend.

“Volunteering can promote health, improve confidence and life satisfaction and can help you develop new skills and increase your employability prospects.

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“Being a volunteer can also lead to accessing qualifications and sports coaching awards that Active Schools can look to support by funding or arranging locally.

“You don’t have to have any previous experience, just an enthusiasm to make a difference.”

Before the most recent lockdown Active Schools supported around 100 volunteers throughout the Helensburgh and Lomond schools network, with volunteers consisting largely of teachers and other school staff as well as community coaches from local sports clubs, parents and senior pupils attending the Hermitage Academy sports leaders programme.

Anyone wanting to get involved in helping the young people of Argyll and Bute improve their lives is asked to get in touch with Martin by emailing martin.caldwell@liveargyll.co.uk or contact fellow coordinator Robbie at robbie.kelly@live argyll.co.uk.

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