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young ambassadors

The Young Ambassadors programme is a key element of sportscotland’s contribution to developing young people as leaders in sport and is funded by The National Lottery. Created by Youth Sport Trust, the Young Ambassadors programme aims to build the leadership skills of young people to encourage their peers to become more engaged in sport.
We believe that young people make a meaningful and important contribution as leaders in sport, and that young people should have access to a range of opportunities in leadership roles which reflect their interests and abilities.
There have been over 6,000 Young Ambassadors in Scotland since the programme started in 2012, and we welcome around 650 new Young Ambassadors each year.


We are restricted to allowing two YAs to attend from each school. Each YA will receive a polo top and pin badge.
Registration will close on Friday 30 August, but we would appreciate you registering your YAs as soon as possible. 
If you have any questions about the Young Ambassadors programme, please email

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You will be automatically assigned to a conference depending on the region that your school is in. See below and download the what to expect document for information on the day. 



Oriam, Heriot-Watt University Campus

East Lothian, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scottish Borders, West Lothian



Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen

Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Angus, Shetland



Hampden Park,

Argyll and Bute, Dumfries and Galloway, East Dunbartonshire, East Renfrewshire, Glasgow, Inverclyde, North Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire, South Lanarkshire, West Dunbartonshire



Kingsmill Hotel, Inverness

Highlands, Moray, Orkney, Western Isles



Carnegie Conference Centre, Dunfermline

Clackmannanshire, Dundee, Falkirk, Fife, Perth and Kinross, Stirling



National Sports Training Centre, Inverclyde 

East Ayrshire, North Ayrshire, South Ayrshire


RECRUITING YOUR young ambassadors

We want to enable young people from more diverse backgrounds and with protected characteristics the opportunity to be part of the Young Ambassador programme. With this in mind, we would like you to consider how you approach the recruitment of your new Young Ambassadors. Please think about selecting young people currently not in a leadership role within the school already. 

Below are our desirable criteria that we would be looking to develop throughout the programme:

•    Ability to influence and inspire other young people
•    Ability to portray a positive image and be a good role model to young people.  
•    Ability to raise the profile of sport in your school and/or community. 
•    Excellent communication skills with other young people and adults.  
•    Ability to show initiative and take responsibility.  
•    Organised, with good time management skills. 

YA mentor, Magnus, talks through his experience of being a mentor in Angus, what makes a good mentor, what makes a good YA, how he recruits his YAs and what support he offers them. 

RECRUITING YOUR young ambassadors


For resources to support your Young Ambassadors


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what does
being a YA mean?

Young Ambassadors is an exciting and energetic Lottery-funded programme to help develop young people as leaders in sport in Scotland. 
Watch our video to understand what Young Ambassadors is about, what skills they will learn and what previous YAs got from being part of the programme. 

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