Active Schools and Sports Development

Who we are

Active Schools and Sports Development lies within the Lifelong Learning, Culture and Sport section of the Education and Social Care Department.  The team is made up of an Active Schools and Sports Development Manager, Active School Co-ordinators, a Community Sports Hub Officer, Macmillan Move More Development Officer and Sports Coaches and Assistants.

Vision and Outcomes

A number of agencies and organisations in Moray devised the Physical Activity, Sport and Health Strategy for Moray 2016-2026. The vision of this strategy is ‘Physical Activity and Sport are embedded in the lives of the Moray community’.

The five Outcomes of the strategy are as follows:

  • We provide a strategic approach to the operation and management of our sport and leisure facilities (both natural and built environment)
  • We encourage, enable and support opportunities for people in Moray to participate, progress and achieve in sport/physical activity
  • We develop, support and strengthen both the paid and volunteer physical activity and sporting workforce in Moray
  • We recognise, highlight and showcase how sport/physical activity can benefit people and the local community and how it is intrinsic to daily life
  • We provide strategic direction, co-ordination and support to achieve our vision of embedding sport and physical activity into the lives of the Moray community.

Active Schools

Active Schools is a successful partnership between sportscotland and Local Authorities that has been operating for over 10 years.  The aim of Active Schools are to provide more and higher quality opportunities to take part in sport and physical activity before school, during lunchtime and after school and develop effective pathways between schools and sports clubs in the local community.  A key role is also to develop a network of volunteers to deliver activity sessions.

What we do

Active Schools - an infographic conveying the key outcomes of Active Schools is displayed below covering the key areas of participation, people and profile.

Buildding a World Class Sporting Sytem for Everyone in Scotland

Sports Development - The Sports Development Team undertake a variety of duties within their remit. The following are some key areas where they focus their efforts:

Children participating in a sport session

  • providing activities for people of all ages to participate in sport/physical activity
  • supporting sports clubs and physical activity organisations to thrive and develop
  • train and mentor sports coaches and volunteers
  • develop partnerships to pull resources, skills and expertise together for the benefit of the community
  • develop talent and excellence in sport.


The Sports Development Programme of activities can be found via the following link -
The Active Schools Programme of activities can be found via the following link (or by contacting your local Active Schools Co-ordinator see details below) -

Community Sports Hubs

Community Sports Hubs focus on the clubs and other local organisations that want to work together to improve the sport offered in their local community.

A community sport hub is focused on the clubs around a sport centre, community centre, school, park or a playing field pavilion.  In some cases a community sport hub combines a number of these places, or it may simply centre on a single-venue hosting many clubs. The 'hub' is essentially a collective of progressive sport clubs working together in a local community.

Each community sport hub is unique but the common thread is that each works to the following five principles:

  • Growth in participation
  • Engage the local community
  • Promote community leadership
  • Offer a range of sporting opportunities
  • Bring all appropriate (key) partners/ groups/people together.

Each community sport hub develops their own vision and values to ensure all involved are clear on the work they will do together, which is detailed in a simple, clear plan to improve the sport on offer.

For further info on the Sports Hubs visit  

Working with Partners

We work with a range of public, private and voluntary partners to assist in the implementation of the Physical Activity, Sport and Health strategy. Some of these partners include Third Sector Interface Moray, Outf!t Moray, SportScotland, NHS Grampian, Forestry Commission, Moray College UHI, Moray Leisure Centre, Moray Sports Centre, sportMoray, national governing bodies (NGBs) of sport, and Paths for All.

Contact Details

Active Schools and Sports Development Manager
Tel: 01343 563657 Mobile: 07800 670675

Community Sports Hub Development Officer
Tel: 01343 563644 Mobile: 07970 974857

Macmillan Move More Development Officer
Tel: 01343 563642 Mobile: 07970 826989

Active School Co-ordinators;

  • Buckie High School ASG - Hein Mijzen
    Location - Buckie Community Centre Tel: 07966 120516
  • Elgin Academy, Elgin High School and Elgin High Primaries – Craig Rowley
    Location – Council Annexe, Elgin Tel: 07966 120515
  • Elgin Academy Primaries – Jen Dawson
    Location – Council Annexe, Elgin Tel: 07773 973086
  • Forres Academy ASG - Paul Rogan & Rosalyn Carruthers (Job share)
    Location - Forres House Community Centre Tel: (Paul) 07966 120518 or (Rosalyn) 07800 678561
  • Lossiemouth High School ASG - Lisa Bathgate
    Location - Lossiemouth Community Centre Tel: 07817 957109
  • Milne’s High School ASG - Lorna Young
    Location - Milne’s High School (Engagement Office) Tel: 07966 120514
  • Speyside High School ASG – Danny Simpson
    Location – Speyside High School Tel: 07966 120517
  • Keith Grammar School ASG - Amanda Walker
    Location - Keith Community Centre Tel: 07817955335

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