The importance of being physically active is widely understood and our vision is for Scotland to be the best place in the world to grow up actively.
We want all children and young people to enjoy the benefits of an active life and we know the benefits are many: better health, greater wellbeing, opportunities to develop skills, confidence and for many, the opportunities to make and grow friendships at every age.
Sport is only one way in which we can support children and young people to grow up actively alongside play, dance, active travel and active living as one part of an active life. But sport is rightly in the spotlight at this unique time. Hosting the Commonwealth Games and Ryder Cup in 2014 gives Scotland the opportunity to inspire and motivate our young people to get involved, including those with disabilities and the most disadvantaged in our society.
That is why we have committed to develop Scotland’s first Strategy for youth sport. This consultation seeks views on a draft of that Strategy, Giving Children and Young People a Sporting Chance - A Draft Strategy for Scotland. The final Strategy and Action Plan will be published in spring 2014.