A group of 16 young Scots have been selected to represent the voice of young people across Scotland on the Young people’s sport panel, led by sportscotland in partnership with Young Scot.
The Young people’s sport panel is a national platform to represent the voice of young people across Scotland, and the members will work together and individually to help influence and shape the future of sport in Scotland and raise the profile of sport. The sport panel members are passionate about sport and want to make a difference to the future of sport in Scotland.
The sport panel’s findings and recommendations will ensure that the opinions of Scotland’s young people are heard.
A development day is being held at the Edinburgh International Climbing Centre, in Ratho, on Saturday (January 26) for the Young people’s sport panel. Together with sportscotland and Young Scot staff, the 16 sport panel members will be planning ahead for 2013, and discussing the ways in which they will continue to utilise their roles to influence and shape the future of sport in Scotland and raise the profile of sport.
Stewart Harris, Chief Executive of sportscotland, said: “I’m delighted to support the inspirational young people on the Young people’s sport panel as they work with us, to play their part in influencing and shaping the future of sport in Scotland. Everyone at sportscotland and Young Scot is looking forward to seeing the sport panel grow, develop and contribute to accelerating our work towards building and supporting a world-class sporting system at all levels in Scotland.”
Louise Macdonald, Chief Executive of Young Scot, said: “Here at Young Scot we know how passionate young people are about sport, so we are extremely excited about our new sport panel. There are so many benefits of sport – for individuals, for teams and for communities – and we can’t wait to see how our volunteers can inspire other young people to take part, get involved and shape the future of sport in Scotland.”
sportscotland and Young Scot had the challenging task of short-listing, interviewing and selecting the final 16 sport panel members from a very strong list of 178 applicants, a great reminder to both organisations of the talented and dedicated young people that are interested and involved in sport in Scotland. From all corners of the country, including Shetland, Argyll and Bute, Aberdeenshire, Edinburgh, Glasgow, East Dunbartonshire, South Lanarkshire, East Renfrewshire and East Lothian, and ranging from 15 to 24 years old, the young people all have one thing in common – an inspirational attitude towards sport.
With thousands of hours of volunteering experience already behind them, and an impressive array of sporting experience at all levels, including basketball, netball, lawn bowls, volleyball and snowboarding, the sport panel members have positively embraced their roles.
The 16 young people to be selected were Colin Millar (Campbeltown), Kulbir Gabba (Barrhead), Katie Clucas (Bishopbriggs), Chris Sellar and Jodi McGinty (Edinburgh), John Robertson (East Kilbride), Nathan Arbuckle and Catriona Thomson (Glasgow), Adam Martin (East Lothian), Amy Harper (Shetland), Connor Hughes (Bothwell), Hannah Jolly and Matt McCormick (Bearsden), Meghan Plummer (Larbert), Sophie Gibson (Giffnock), and Morven Macgregor (Aberdeenshire).
The sport panel members will create and share sporting information, biogs, multimedia clips, interviews, research and social media content, which will help inspire more young people to get involved in sport. Their work will be showcased on www.youngscot.org and supported through communications channels of both organisations. In school and club sport they will provide their ideas, views and recommendations to senior figures from sportscotland and the Scottish Government. The sport panel have already been involved in discussions with the sportscotland Board, and have met the Minister for Sport and Commonwealth Games, Shona Robison MSP, to discuss their work. At sportscotland’s annual meeting of partners, held at the end of last year at the Emirates Arena and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, the sport panel played a crucial role in the delivery and running of a very successful event.
The sport panel undertake regular projects across all aspects of the sporting landscape. Follow the work of the sport panel on Young Scot’s website and the social media channels of both sportscotland and Young Scot. Members of the sport panel volunteer to share their time and experience to work with the two organisations, so future opportunities will arise for other enthusiastic young people to apply to become part of the group.