sportscotland is committed to developing and supporting a world class sporting system at all levels, and a key focus of our work towards this goal is with young people.
One key activity is the development of a the Young people’s sport panel, part of our strategic partnership with Young Scot, the national youth and information and citizenship charity. The sport panel is an exciting and unique opportunity to ensure Scotland’s younger generation play an active and significant role in influencing and shaping the future of sport in Scotland, through the provision of online content, videos and blogs.
The sport panel’s findings and recommendations will ensure that the opinions of Scotland’s young people influence and help shape the future of sport in Scotland. The leadership and influence that these young people will demonstrate, will showcase the unique contribution which they can make to informing decision making and leading in sport.
Following a series of interview days, 16 young people from across Scotland were selected as part of the first Young people’s sport panel. 178 applications were received from across the country. The standard of applicants was incredibly high and has been a great reminder of the talented and dedicated young people that are interested and involved in sport in Scotland.
The sport panel are aged between 14 – 23 years and come from all over Scotland including Shetland, Argyll and Bute, Aberdeenshire, Edinburgh, Glasgow, East Dunbartonshire, South Lanarkshire, East Renfrewshire and East Lothian. The young people all have one thing in common; an inspirational attitude towards sport.
13 of the sport panel members recently attended a training residential at Glenmore Lodge on the 29th and 30th June. Stewart Harris, Chief Executive of sportscotland and Louise Macdonald, Chief Executive of Young Scot, were on hand to set the scene for the young people and discuss some of their own experiences around the theme for the weekend – ‘making it happen.’ The young people also took part in team building activities and workshops to identify and agree on their priorities and values as a group.
Panel members will work together and on their own to influence the future of Scottish sport and help raise awareness of sport in Scotland. By creating and sharing sporting information, stories and case studies they will help and inspire more young people to get involved in sport. In school and club sport they will provide their ideas, views and recommendations to help shape the future of sport in Scotland.
With the Olympics and Paralympics fast approaching the Young people’s sport panel are working on creating something that celebrates these iconic sporting events. Changes will soon appear to the sport sections of the Young Scot websites as the sport panel members begin their work.
Keep checking the Young Scot website, sportscotland facebook and twitter accounts to keep up to date with what the Young people’s sport panel is doing.
It's now up to the panel to make it happen!