The panel has been created using sportscotland's 'Making the team work' toolkit.
Scottish Cycling is the first sport governing body in Scotland to create a Young People’s Sport Panel (YPSP) using sportscotland’s resource, designed to help other organisations involve young people in their decision making and planning.
Former sportscotland YPSP members Alex Ball and Kirsty Ewen helped launch the panel at Scottish Cycling's annual Go Ride Conference in Stirling, where youth clubs from across the country came together for a day of learning. A theme of young people as leaders in sport ran throughout the conference.
Alex and Kirsty (pictured with Scottish Cycling CEO Craig Burn) shared their journey through sport and encouraged club coaches and officials to embed young people within wider roles in clubs.
The Scottish Cycling Young People’s Panel is a national group selected to represent the voice of young people. The panel is an exciting and unique opportunity for a young person to have their say in shaping the future of the sport in Scotland, and inspiring others to do the same.
Being part of the panel will provide young people with opportunities to grow their skillset, get to meet new people and contribute towards the strategic objectives of Scottish Cycling – to lead, grow, partner and support across the country to develop a Nation of Cyclists.
The fourth sportscotland Young People’s Sport Panel was welcomed last year, the panel is key to sportscotland’s aim of developing young people as leaders in sport. Before handing over to their successors, the 2016-18 panel created a toolkit to support and enable other organisations to involve young people in their decision making and planning.
This toolkit marked one of sportscotland’s contributions to the Year of Young People 2018 and the continued commitment to supporting partners to integrate young people into all areas of their work.
Scottish Cycling joins several other sports and local authorities in recognising the importance of providing a platform for the voice of young people. Since the start of sportscotland's national panel Scottish Disability Sport, Scottish Golf, Scottish Curling, North Lanarkshire Council and South Lanarkshire council have established their own panels with support from sportscotland while Scottish Gymnastics are currently recruiting for their own panel
The toolkit is a step by step guide to the considerations any organisation needs to make when developing a panel. It includes insights from former panel members giving additional background to the importance of key stages in bringing the project together. Beyond the recruitment and planning stage, the toolkit provides a reference for the team as the panel comes together and they consider the legacy of any projects that they develop.
Find out more
Are you aged 14-23, with a passion for sport and the drive to make a difference? Find out more about the application process for the Scottish Cycling Young People’s Panel.
Interested in developing your own Young People’s Sport Panel in your organisation? Find out more about sportscotland’s Making the team work toolkit.