The search is on to find the next batch of passionate young people to help influence and shape the future of sport in Scotland.
Aberdeenshire residents are being urged to apply to become part of the Young people’s sport panel, a national platform which represents the voice of young people throughout the country.
Launched in 2013 by sportscotland, led in partnership with the award winning national youth information charity, Young Scot, this will be the second intake of sport panel members and the nomination process opens today (Monday, January 20th).
With 16 sport panel members already in place, they will help guide the new members throughout this unique period in Scottish sport, with the Glasgow Commonwealth Games and Ryder Cup at Gleneagles now firmly on the horizon.
Being part of the sport panel provides members with the opportunity to play a key role in 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 through Young Scot’s national information portal www.youngscot.org and social media platforms.
Since the sport panel was formed the members have been involved in a number of high profile events, such as the Scottish Sports Development Conference, and they have also influenced policy by providing input to the Scottish Government’s Youth Sport Strategy and the Commonwealth Youth Sport Charter.
Louise Martin CBE, Chair of sportscotland, said: “The strides which have been made by the inspirational young people who are currently part of the Young People’s Sport Panel have been incredible.
“By raising the profile of sport, encouraging others to get involved, and influencing government policy in youth sport, the panel members have already had an extremely positive impact on the Scottish sporting landscape.
“The opportunity is now open for another group of enthusiastic young people to get involved in the sport panel and I would urge anyone who is passionate about sport to apply.
“Everyone at sportscotland and Young Scot is already looking forward to seeing what our next batch of sport panel members will be able to achieve in 2014 and beyond.”
Louise Macdonald, Chief Executive of Young Scot, said: “The young volunteers involved in our Young people’s sport panel have achieved a huge amount helping to promote the benefits of sport to other young people, while also demonstrating the important role young Scots can play in influencing key decision makers.
“We can’t wait to see how the new Young people’s sport panel can build on their success and continue to shape the future of sport in Scotland.”
The Young people’s sport panel is open to people aged between 14 and 25. For more information and to download and application form, go to www.sportscotland.org.uk/ypspapply