SCOTLAND'S next generation of sport leaders will be nurtured by a Lochgelly High School pupil.

The next cohort of sportscotland Young Ambassadors have been selected and Rachel Paul is one of the 27-strong delivery team.

She 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.

Throughout the month of September, six conferences across Scotland, in Aberdeen, Inverness, Glasgow, Edinburgh, and Stirling, will take place; led by young people.

The delivery team, all aged 14 to 20, were selected earlier in the year and attended training sessions to prepare them to deliver sessions.

All the workshops are delivered solely by the 27-member delivery team, who take the new Young Ambassadors through the content required to undertake the role within their schools and communities.

The focus of the programme is the principle that their views, and those of other young people are heard and valued and can influence decision-making.

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

Each year, two pupils from each secondary school in Scotland are given the chance to become 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 nearly 6,000 Young Ambassadors in Scotland.

Stewart Harris, sportscotland Chief Executive, said: “Congratulations to the 27 young people who have been selected for our 2022 delivery team.

"Becoming a Young Ambassador is a fantastic role, as it provides opportunities to develop new skills, builds confidence and meet like-minded people in sport.

"Having young people at the heart of these conferences, shows the passion and determination the younger generation have when it comes to providing sporting opportunities within schools and communities.’’

"It is a programme we are very proud that has helped develop young people for nearly 10 years and wouldn’t be possible without the National Lottery and lottery players.

"We encourage our Young Ambassadors to motivate others to get into sport, helping shape decisions to ensure youngsters have the best possible sporting experience across Scotland.”