Doyle backs young ambassadors programme

Olympic medallist Eilidh Doyle was back on home territory at Hampden Park where she discussed the future of Scottish sport with 160 secondary school pupils.

Doyle took part in the special Young Ambassadors Conference at the National Stadium which was hosted by sportscotland, the national agency for sport

The conference is part of a series of events where pupils take part in a range of workshops with a team of leading Scottish athletes and sport development professionals, including Scottish international footballer Julie Fleeting, Scottish rugby player Colin Gregor, and swimmers Caitlyn McLatchey and Robbie Renwick, who won silver in Rio.

The lottery funded programme aims to help develop young people as leaders in sport. Each year, two pupils from each secondary school in Scotland are chosen as Young Ambassadors to promote sport, and motivate and inspire other young people to get involved in sport in their schools, clubs and local communities. Sportscotlad will host six regional Young Ambassadors conferences across the country every year.

Doyle said: “I’m honoured to host the Glasgow sportscotland’s Young Ambassador Conferences. As a former PE teacher, I understand how important sport is in the wider school curriculum and admire the children who are here today making their voice heard.

“I see a lot of myself in the kids, they are eager to learn. Sport is a fantastic way to express yourself and encourages youngsters to channel their efforts into something positive. Not only is it a great way to keep fit, but it can be really rewarding and gives younger kids a great sense of achievement.”

The athletes will provide the pupils with support and advice to help them gain the skills, knowledge and understanding required to undertake their pivotal role within schools and wider communities as role models and leaders of other young people.

Stewart Harris, Chief Executive at sportscotland, said: “Our Young Ambassador conferences provide a great opportunity for pupils who are passionate about sport to meet skilled athletes, gaining hints and tips from the professionals. It’s a chance for youngsters to collaboratively make a difference to Scotland’s sporting landscape.

“Becoming a Young Ambassador is a great way to develop new skills, build confidence and meet like-minded people in sport. The programme helps youngsters develop as sporting leaders by influencing and reflecting the views of other young people. Our Young Ambassadors motivate and inspire others to get into sport, helping shape decisions to ensure youngsters have the best possible sporting experience across Scotland.”

There have been over 2,500 Young Ambassadors in Scotland since the programme started in 2012, and 650 new Young Ambassadors attend the conferences each year.

For more information on how to become a Young Ambassador, please visit http://www.sportscotland.org.uk/schools/young-ambassadors/