Led by Scottish Cycling, the Young People's Panel provides a national platform to represent a voice for young people from across Scotland to influence and shape the future of Cycling in Scotland.
The panel members will have the opportunity over the next two years to have her views heard and valued and the chance to influence decision making and drive change in the sport.
A rigorous recruitment process began in March when applications were received from young people between the ages of 14-23 years old from every region of Scotland. Nine young people have been selected to be a part of the panel, representative of a range of disciplines from Trials and Downhill, to Track and Road – they demonstrate the breadth and depth of cycling.
The panel members are as follows: Erin Wood, Euan Burns, Callum McNicol, Eilidh Hamill, Isobel Harris, Innes Johnston, Louie Doig, Ryan Brannen and Sophie Paterson.
The new panel met for the first time in Scottish Cycling’s Headquarters at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow on Thursday 6th June along with their parents and guardians. This provided an opportunity for the young people find out more about the opportunities that lay ahead as part of the panel, to meet each other for the first time, and understand the expectations of them for over the next two years.
This is a new project for Scottish Cycling and sits at the heart of its strategy going forward. Scottish Cycling CEO, Craig Burn, congratulated the new panel members and is excited about the impact that the panel has the potential to make on the sport across the country.
He said: “I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate our 9 new panel members and welcome them to the Scottish Cycling team. I look forward to seeing the positive impact their dedication and passion for cycling in Scotland has and encourage them to take full advantage of this experience.”
The panel will be engaged in projects across the organisation – from Regional Development to Events, and Coaching and Education. They will be supported to identify areas of self-development so that not only do they have an impact on the sport as a whole, but the panel allows them to gain new skills and experiences to support their future endeavours.