PUPILS at a local high school are getting more active, more often thanks to dedicated volunteers.

Vale of Leven Academy’s (VOLA) Pupil Sports Council aims to develop sport and physical activity within the school.

The council has 50 voluntary members and works in partnership with PE teacher Gill Timney and Yvonne Macdonald, active schools coordinator.

Recently the group organised a club sign-up day for first and second-year pupils.

Twelve extra-curricular clubs were then set up ranging from basketball to trampolining to rugby and table tennis.

These clubs are delivered by senior pupils who are members of the Sports Council with support from the PE department.

Callum Crumley, VOLA Sports Council captain, said: “The Sports Council is an integral part of the school and provides a service for young people to gain leadership roles and find a pathway into sport.

“Our after-school clubs are a great way for young people to find a sport they like, in a safe and social environment where they can make friends and meet new people through physical activity.

“These clubs wouldn’t be possible without members of our Sports Council who give up their time after school for young people to come and play sports.

“Through my role as Captain of the Sports Council, I have been able to develop leadership and coaching skills which I can transfer into higher education, life, and the world of work.”

A number of the Sports Council's members will also be volunteering in local primary schools and helping with PE and after-school clubs during 2023/24.

It is hoped this will further their leadership skills and provide opportunities for younger children to participate in sports.