The national agency for sport, sportscotland, is teaming up with Scottish Sports Futures (SSF) to kick off 2018 in style with the sportscotland Year of Young People 2018 Awards.
The gala event will showcase how sport can be used for positive social change and to celebrate the incredible dedication of the young people who give selflessly to sport in their local communities.
On January 26, at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Glasgow, 10 awards will be handed out that honour the contribution of the young people who engage in sport through SSF and those who have supported them throughout the year.
The event, which will be planned, delivered and hosted by young people, provides 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 the world 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.
SSF's local and national programmes provide tailored pathways to positive destinations, enabling young people to fulfill their potential and widening opportunities for all.
Mel Young, sportscotland chair, said: “We are delighted to be teaming up with Scottish Sports Futures to celebrate the fantastic work being done through their initiatives up and down the country.
“There are some truly inspirational stories among the nominees, who through their hard work and dedication 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.
“As the national agency for sport we believe that young people should have a voice in sport and be able to access great opportunities to learn important skills as well as participate in sport.”
Pam Hunter, CEO of SSF, said: “We are excited to be showcasing our dedicated young people and their work at this 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.”