Uddingston’s Eilidh Barclay will help to nurture the next generation

The next cohort of sportscotland Young Ambassadors has been selected and Eilidh Barclay from Uddingston is set to help nurture Scotland’s next generation of sport leaders.
Eilidh Barclay will do all she can to help other Young AmbassadorsEilidh Barclay will do all she can to help other Young Ambassadors
Eilidh Barclay will do all she can to help other Young Ambassadors

After a rigorous recruitment process Uddingston Grammar pupil Eilidh has 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.

The 18-year-old, who is also a member of sportscotland’s Young People’s Sport Panel, said: “I am a firm believer in the impact of positive role model.

“I think I am in a privileged position as part of the delivery team and I’ll do all I can to help the other Young Ambassadors.”

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 COVID-19 pandemic so parts of the ambassadors’ work will be done remotely.

At the heart of the Young Ambassadors programme is the principle that their views, and those of other young people, are valued and can influence decision making.

As role models and leaders for other young people, Young Ambassadors can have a pivotal role within their school and wider community.

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.

The project is a key element of sportscotland’s contribution to developing young people as leaders in sport. Since the National Lottery-funded programme was launched in 2012 there have been over 5,000 Young Ambassadors in Scotland and around 650 new Young Ambassadors attend the conferences each year

Stewart Harris, sportscotland chief executive, said: “Congratulations to the 32 young people who have been selected for our 2020 delivery team. It is a programme we are very proud that has helped develop young people for eight years and wouldn’t be possible without the National Lottery and lottery players.

“It is heartening to see so many young people coming together to try to help and inspire others.”