Posted on: 28th March 2012
YOUNG PEOPLE’S SPORT PANEL TO SHAPE FUTURE OF SCOTTISH SPORT
sportscotland, the national agency for sport, and Young Scot, the national youth information and citizenship charity, are working together to establish a sport panel that will ensure Scotland’s younger generation play an active and significant role in developing and influencing policy in sport.
The Young people’s sport panel will help influence and shape the future of Scottish sport. As a voice for 14-25-year-olds, the panel will also focus on raising the profile of sport within this age group, including through the provision of online content, videos and blogs.
The sport panel will meet with senior representatives from sportscotland and Young Scot at least twice a year and undertake monthly projects across all aspects of Scotland’s sporting landscape according to their own priorities.
The sport panel’s findings and recommendations will ensure that the opinions of Scotland’s young people inform and help mould the future of sport in Scotland and participate in the decision-making process of sport development.
Stewart Harris, Chief Executive of sportscotland, said:
“This is an exciting and unique opportunity for the nation’s youth to play an invaluable role in raising the profile and developing the future of sport in Scotland.
“The Young people’s sport panel will be able to help determine the structure of sport, and ensure that their generation is fully engaged with the decision-making process.
“sportscotland is committed to developing and supporting a world-class sporting system at all levels, and a key focus of our work towards this goal is to collaborate closely with young people.”
Louise Macdonald, Chief Executive, Young Scot, said:
“At Young Scot we are delighted to be working in partnership with sportscotland and young people to create a brand new sport panel, which will give young Scots a voice to help shape and influence the future of sports information. Hundreds of young people have a passion and dedication for sport in Scotland. This new panel is an exciting platform for them to play a key role in promoting the range of lasting benefits that sport can bring, from improved physical and mental health, to an increase in young people’s confidence and social skills.”
Young people aged between 14 and 25 from across Scotland who are passionate about sport and want to make a difference are encouraged to apply now to become members of the Young people’s sport panel. There will be 12-14 sport panel members. The job description and application forms can be downloaded at: www.youngscot.org/sportpanel.