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Arran teenager Ross Dobson has attended his first sessions at a member of the national Young People’s Sports Panel (YPSP).
The new panel, including 16-year-old Ross, 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.
And with 2018 designated ‘The Year of Young People’, the panel is determined to ensure that young people across Scotland get the chance to have their voices heard.
Ross said: ‘I am delighted that I’ve been selected to be a part of this amazing opportunity. I can’t thank sportscotland enough for giving me these unbelievable opportunities throughout my sporting career. After meeting the panel during our residential and first monthly meeting, I feel the team has gelled extremely well together.
‘I hope that means that we can achieve awesome and life-changing things in our two years in our fantastic positions as Young People’s Sport Panel members. I hope to be a voice for young people in Scotland and to be a recognised figure within Scotland’s sporting community to be able to help make a positive impact locally, regionally, and nationally.’
Stewart Harris, chief executive of sportscotland, said: ‘It is always a great experience working with the Young People’s Sport Panel. I have been really impressed by the commitment and passion for sport these young people have, and the impact they’ve made both at a local and national level.
‘Ross has shown himself to be a true leader in sport and is part of a really inspiring group who I’m sure will continue to have a positive influence on sport in this country.’
Ross, and 18 other young people, were selected from 156 applicants following a rigorous nationwide recruitment process to be part of the team that helps influence and shape the future of sport in Scotland. Over the next two years they will undertake a number of roles including speaking at events, consulting on new initiatives and raising the profile of sport.
Ross was one of the 19 members of the Young People’s Sport Panel who recently met at the Inverclyde National Sports Training Centre in Largs. No_B39ross01