The New Opportunities Fund (NOF) today announced details of grants to 10 local authorities from the latest round of funding from the £87m NOF Physical Education and Sports programme announced in March last year.
At St Andrew's High School in Clydebank, where he met children and dance instructors from the Indepen-Dance project, sport minister Frank McAveety said:
'Sport and activity make a tremendous contribution to healthy and positive lifestyles for our young people. The New Opportunities for PE and Sport programme is making an important contribution to giving youngsters across Scotland the best possible start in life.
'Our Sport 21 policy has set targets that 80 per-cent of primary school children should be physically active by 2007 and that 85 per-cent of those aged 13-17 should take part in sport, in addition to the school curriculum, more than once a week.
'The grants being announced today will help ensure that thousands of school children right across Scotland will get an opportunity to take part in sport and outdoor activity in fun and innovative ways, while developing their natural talents and abilities.'
The NOF PE and Sport Initiative has two separate programmes - facilities (£52 million) and activities (£35 million).
All areas of Scotland benefit from both strands. At the heart of the latest funding initiative is a commitment to develop the talents and abilities of the nation's children while promoting ph ysical exercise.
Angus - £579,392
Edinburgh - £2,477,960
Clackmannanshire - £376,095
Midlothian - £521,536
North Lanarkshire - £2,691,599
Renfrewshire - £1,267,534
Shetland Islands - £203,510
South Lanarkshire - £2,062,332
Stirling - £454,010
West Dunbartonshire - £891,437