Twenty young people from across Scotland are set to play a key role in developing sport over the next two years as part of the next Young People’s Sport Panel (YPSP).
The 20 successful panel members were selected from 172 applicants after a rigorous recruitment process
The full line-up is:
- Ben Fitzpatrick, 20, Hamilton
- Cameron Stewart, 17, Falkirk
- Emmanuel Gebreyes, 14, Glasgow
- Euan Hamilton, 16, Inverness
- Fiona Waddell, 19, Giffnock
- Fionn Gavin, 17, Paisley
- George Gornall, 17, Stirling
- Hannah Smith, 18, Muirhead
- Jessica Edwards, 21, Glasgow
- Jess Davies, 16, Edinburgh
- Katelyn Williamson, 22, Auchenreoch
- Kira Henry, 17, Barrhead
- Laura Pilkington, 23, Broxburn
- Louis Gallagher, 17, Perth
- Molly Sands, 14, Perth
- Mya Thompson, 19, Uddingston
- Paige Boyle, 19, Kelty
- Sara Naveed, 18, Dundee
- Stephanie Knight, 22, Glasgow
- Tilly O’Donnell, 17, Larbert
The group will now work to provide a voice for young people to influence and shape the future of sport in Scotland and raise its profile, in an initiative led by sportscotland and supported by Young Scot. Crucial to the programme is that young people are heard and have the opportunity to influence decision making and drive change across the sporting system.
Chief Executive of sportscotland, Stewart Harris, said: “I want to congratulate our 20 new panel members. They have already shown capability beyond their years by coming through an extremely challenging recruitment process.
“I look forward to working closely with them and hearing their ideas for how the sporting system in Scotland can improve, I have no doubt they will have a positive impact over the next two years.
“The Young People’s Sport Panel is a programme we are very proud of and it has helped develop young people for eight years, it wouldn’t be possible without the National Lottery and lottery players.”
The recruitment process began in January when applications were submitted by 172 young people between the ages of 14 and 23 from 29 of the 32 local authority areas. Interviews were delayed due to COVID-19 but the first interviews took place online in July with the second interviews in September.
A National Lottery funded programme, the YPSP is part of sportscotland’s commitment to provide a legacy of confident and well-trained young people who will become the next generation of leaders to help take the sporting system forward.
The panel’s first meeting is scheduled for early December where the panel will get to know each other and the sportscotland team.
Louise Macdonald OBE, Chief Executive of Young Scot said: “Congratulations to the new Young People’s Sport Panel members. I am excited to see what the future brings – as you shape, influence and raise the profile of sport in Scotland.”
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