"It's lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believed in myself."

Muhammad Ali

Youth Sport Strategy

The Scottish Government' is currently working on a Youth Sport Strategy aimed at making sport as accessible and enjoyable as possible in order to increase levels of physical activity amongst young people.

The strategy is being developed to boost physical activity and participation in sport for pre-school children to further and higher education students.

To support this, the first ever Young Person's Sports Panel has been established, comprising of 16 people between the ages of 14 and 24 who are passionate about sport and want to make a difference.

The Panel will engage young people across Scotland to find ways of increasing the profile of school sport and getting young people motivated and involved in sport in the lead up to the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. sportscotland, in partnership with Young Scot, have developed the Panel.

“Young people will be at the heart of this work, feeding in their experiences and helping ensure we deliver the best, most appropriate opportunities to all of our young people and future generations.” said Shona Robison, Minister for Commonwealth Games & Sport.

SALSC is currently working on developing a Youth Sports Council to represent the views of young people locally, bringing together young people from recognised programmes such as Young Ambassadors, Active Schools, Lead 2014 as well as young people who may not be involved in these programmes but have an interest in sport in their area.

When the consultation on the Strategy begins, SALSC will play an active role in contributing ideas to the strategy by working closely with its members and partners in the Scottish Sports Alliance.