Last week to apply for sportscotland’s Young people’s sport panel

18 Feb

The deadline to apply for the 3rd Young people’s sports panel is looming with applications closing at noon on 22nd February.

The YPSP, which is a partnership between sportscotland and Young Scot, is now in its second two-year cycle and has made great strides in ensuring the voice of young people is part of the sporting conversation across Scotland.

The 16 current panel members, who are between 14 and 25 years old, were chosen from more than 200 applicants from across the country and all had many hours of volunteering, coaching and participation across a range of activities both within and out with sport.

As panel members they‘ve had the chance to input on national policy by attending sportscotland board meetings. They’ve met influential politicians including the then Cabinet Secretary for the Commonwealth Games and Sport Shona Robison MSP, and they’ve presented to national delegations including the National Sports Development Conference in Glasgow. The panel also helped shape the Scottish Government’s Youth Sport Strategy, ‘Giving Children and Young People a Sporting Chance’, which was published in 2014.

The panel were also responsible for the production of regular content for young people to consume. They produced blogs, multi-media clips, conducted interviews, researched key topics and promoted through social media all with the hope of inspiring more young people to get involved.

Current panel member, Rachel Law said:

“I am probably most proud of the work on developing the School Sport Awards. Seeing the amount of schools going for gold and achieving it is amazing. I've also enjoyed meeting new people and speaking at conferences and events on a national level. When you see people listening and taking on board what you are saying, it shows the impact we can have.”

Stewart Harris, Chief Executive of sportscotland, said:

“It has been a great experience working with the Young people’s sport panel. Their contributions have played an important role in shaping many of our national initiatives including the School Sport Awards. But equally important has been their work as ambassadors at a local level to represent young people and implement many of the policies. We are working with the decision makers of the future, giving sport in Scotland a solid foundation from which to succeed”

Louise MacDonald, Chief Executive of Young Scot, said:

“It’s amazing to see what the young people on the sport panel are achieving, from participation to coaching to being involved in decision making about how sport is run locally and nationally.  By encouraging and motivating their peers to get involved and live a healthy lifestyle, they are inspiring really positive change in their communities. Here at Young Scot, we know how important sport is to a healthy lifestyle and the panel is proving to be the perfect vehicle to encourage young people to have confidence in their opinions, ensuring their voice is heard.”

The Young people’s sport panel began recruiting for the next panel on January 25th 2016 and applications will close at noon on the 22nd February 2016. There will then be interviews in March and May before the first panel meeting on 24th June.

Another panel member, Jessica Barrows, has definitely enjoyed her time on the Young people’s sport panel and would advise anyone thinking of taking part to get involved,

“Any young person who is interested in sport really should apply for the panel. It’s such a fantastic opportunity to meet other like-minded young people, create contacts within Young Scot and sportscotland but most of all to have fun ensuring sport in Scotland is right for young people.”

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