Meet Falkirk's sporting Young Ambassadors

Two young people from Falkirk district are about to help nurture Scotland’s next generation of sport leaders.

By Jill Buchanan
Thursday, 30th July 2020, 4:45 pm

After a rigorous recruitment process the pair will join the next cohort of sportscotland Young Ambassadors.Hannah Coutts (18) and Aimee Ferguson (17) have been named among the 32-strong delivery team who will help develop resources and training to influence new and existing Young Ambassadors for the year ahead, as well as supporting those delivering local sport.Usually the Young Ambassadors deliver several national conferences to help provide understanding of the role to other young people. This year’s conferences have been cancelled due to the pandemic so parts of the ambassadors’ work will be done remotely.Each year, two pupils from each secondary school in Scotland are chosen as Young Ambassadors to promote sport and motivate other young people to get involved in sport in their schools, clubs and local communities.Since the National Lottery-funded programme was launched in 2012 there have been over 5000 Young Ambassadors in Scotland and around 650 new Young Ambassadors attend the conferences each yearDenny High School pupil Aimee said: “I’m really pleased to be part of the delivery team. I hope to influence others to try new things and to step out of their comfort zone. I am also excited to be a part of shaping how this year’s programme will look and hopefully I can gain more confidence in the process.”Hannah, a former Braes High pupil now studying at the University of Stirling, said: “As a returning member of the delivery team I hope to continue to develop my communication and planning skills while also helping the new Young Ambassadors to understand their roles within their school.”Stewart Harris, sport-scotland chief executive, said: “Clearly this has clearly been an extremely difficult time for people across Scotland but it is heartening to see so many young people coming together to try to help and inspire others.”

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