The Young People's Sport Panel with sportscotland chief executive Stewart Harris and chair Mel Young

A night of shooting stars

Find out who was recognised at the Year of Young People Awards 

They are not only the leaders of tomorrow, but a group of young people making an impact today.

sportscotland teamed up with Scottish Sports Futures (SSF) to honour some truly amazing young people working in sport at the sportscotland Year of Young People 2018 Awards at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Glasgow on 26 January.

The inspirational event showcased some amazing stories of the immense dedication shown by young people in sport around the country and demonstrated how sport can be used for positive social change.

The event was planned, delivered and hosted by young people, providing a perfect start to the Year of Young People in 2018. This is a year-long programme of events, activities and ideas which will give young people in Scotland the opportunity to show what they are made of and to celebrate the amazing young personalities, talents and achievers across the country.

SSF is a charity which has changed lives through sport. Over the past 17 years its work has supported communities where people are vulnerable or at risk.


Mel Young, sportscotland chair, said: “We were delighted to team up with Scottish Sports Futures to celebrate the fantastic work being done through their initiatives up and down the country. Congratulations to all the winners and nominees, there were some truly inspirational stories shared on the night.

"Through hard work and dedication, these young people have shown how sport can be used for positive social change within their communities.

sportscotland is committed to delivering sporting opportunities within communities to help young participants and athletes develop and learn. We continue to develop young leaders in sport through our Young People’s Sport Panel and Young Ambassadors programmes.”

Pam Hunter, CEO of SSF, said: “We were delighted to be able to showcase our dedicated young people and their work in what was a spectacular event. It is a great honour for us to be lead-sponsored by sportscotland and we look forward to working in partnership with them in future.”

Minister for Public Health and Sport, Aileen Campbell, said: “I was delighted to attend the sportscotland Year of Young People 2018 Awards, and what a fantastic evening it was. Congratulations to those who won an award and to those who were nominated - the calibre of this year’s nominees was exceptional. It’s great to see such dedication, commitment and camaraderie from young people across Scotland.”

Some of the winners and nominees

2018 winners

Spirit of the Year: Beth Gibson

Partnership for Change Award: North Ayrshire

Mentor of the Year: Pauline Wilson

Best Newcomer: Bryanne Ford

Dedication to Personal Development: Demi Mitchell

Community Champion of the Year: Chloe Lawson

Young Coach of the Year: Rebecca Maclean

SSF Ambassador of the Year: Andrew McCandlish

Aspiring Leader: Amanda Hiddleston

SSF Outstanding Achievement Award: Greg Luczak

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