YOUNG people from across Scotland have come together to have their say on the future of Scottish sport as part of the Young People’s Sport Panel.

This includes Ryan Kellock from Coalsnaughton and Nicola McDonald from Dunblane who were selected alongside 15 others from 156 applicants following a rigorous nationwide recruitment drive.

Led by sportscotland and supported by Young Scot and The National Lottery, the Young People’s Sport Panel is a national platform created to represent a voice of young people across the country.

Over the next two years Ryan, 17, Nicola, 20, and the other participants will undertake a number of roles including speaking at events, consulting on new initiatives and raising the profile of sport.

The new panel recently met at the sportscotland Inverclyde National Sports Training Centre in Largs for a two-day residential programme, where they discussed issues at the heart of Scottish sport and heard from previous members of the panel.

Ryan said: “The residential was a great chance for us and the rest of the team to bond and develop our plan for the next two years."

Nicola added: “The residential was a great opportunity to meet the fellow panel members and create a strong team. It also allowed us to share some ideas on how we want to develop sport in Scotland and in young people.”

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