SportsScotland Young Ambassador’s Roles and Responsibility
Young Ambassadors is a programme for young people in school between the ages of 14 and 17. Their role is to motivate and inspire other young people from primary and secondary schools across Scotland to get involved in sport and to generate enthusiasm for major games.
The key role of a Young Ambassador is to motivate and inspire other young people to participate in sport. This can be achieved by:
- Raising awareness of opportunities to participate in sport in schools, clubs and community sport hubs
- Promoting an active lifestyle
- Raising awareness and using the excitement of all major sporting events
Young Ambassadors have a pivotal role within their school and wider community, they are – advocates, role models and leaders of other young people. They will also reflect the views of other young people and will influence and shape decision making in sport.
Penicuik High School’s Young Ambassadors
At Penicuik High School we have a dedicated team of Young Ambassadors who dedicate their time for the promotion of sport and activity within the school and local community:
Rachel Law (S6) Kieran Ferguson (S6) Heather Reid (S5) Cameron Scott (S5) Megan Wilkinson (S4) Elliot Smart (S4) Shona Gristwood (S3) Matthew Millican (S3)
Congratulations to Megan Wilkinson who will join the National Conference team from 2016.
Rachel’s Role in the Young Ambassador Steering Group
Rachel is also a member of the Scottish Young Ambassador Steering Group and the National Young People’s Sport Panel.
“Sport has always played a huge role in my life so being selected as a Young Ambassador for the school was a great opportunity. The Young Ambassador programme seeks to develop young people into leaders and volunteers, by providing them with the responsibility of being an ambassador for PE and school sport.
I know how beneficial sport can be and through the Young Ambassador programme I was keen to encourage as many people to get involved in sport as possible. In particular, I was keen to get girls to play sports that they might not be expected to participate in. Over the past two years I have worked with the Midlothian Active Schools project, speaking to primary school pupils within the Penicuik area and with fellow pupils within this school to get them to try a number of different sports and physical activities.
As well as my work in school and the local area as a YA, I am now a member of the Scottish Young Ambassador Steering Group, whose main job is to help shape and develop the Young Ambassador Programme itself. I have also successfully applied to be a member of the National Young People’s Sport Panel, a group of only 16 young people aged 15-25 from all over Scotland, who are helping to be the voice of sport and physical education for young people across the country.
It is a great honour for me to be representing the school on all 3 of these platforms and I hope to continue my work throughout my last two years at Penicuik High School.”