Drumwealth Games (Health Impact)

– in the Scottish Parliament on 20th June 2019.

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Photo of Bill Kidd Bill Kidd Scottish National Party

7. To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the health impact of the 2019 Drumwealth games, which took place on 14 June and saw over 500 primary 5 to secondary 1 pupils participate in sport activities. (S5O-03419)

Photo of Clare Haughey Clare Haughey Scottish National Party

First, I would like to congratulate everyone who is involved in the Drumwealth games, now in their seventh year, which are a great legacy of the Commonwealth games in 2014.

Being physically active is one of the very best things that we can do for our physical and mental health. The Drumwealth games are testament to what can be achieved through partnerships between schools and clubs, with Drumchapel sport—the Drumchapel community sport hub—active schools and Glasgow Sport working together in partnership. Sport at an early age makes a fun and sustainable contribution to physical activity, which we hope will lead to longer, happier lives.

Photo of Bill Kidd Bill Kidd Scottish National Party

The Drumwealth games encourage children of all capabilities to try out new sports. Does the minister agree that it is important for all children in Scotland to be introduced to a wide variety of sports and to have the opportunity to pursue those that they find a passion for?

Photo of Clare Haughey Clare Haughey Scottish National Party

Yes, I do. That is why programmes such as the active schools programme offer more than 100 different activities, ranging from football to dance and movement, which gives children the opportunity to be active and take part in the activities that they enjoy. While I was deputy convener of the Health and Sport Committee, I was fortunate enough to visit the Drumchapel community sport hub. I was very impressed by the facility, which provides an opportunity to improve the health and wellbeing of all members of the local community.