A young Lochgelly volunteer has picked up a major honour at the Scottish Sports Futures Awards 2024.

Erynn McGrath was awarded the Unsung Hero of the Year in recognition of her commitment and dedication to Fife Scottish Sports Futures (SSF) programmes.

Erynn began her SSF journey participating in the ‘For the Girls’ programme in partnership with the Sweaty Betty Foundation earlier this year, before progressing onto two further SSF programmes.

She has stood out as a leader in all the programmes she has been a part of, and not only pushes herself outside of her comfort zone, but encourages others to try new things too.

Central Fife Times: Erynn has been an inspiration to others on Scottish Sports Futures programmes.Erynn has been an inspiration to others on Scottish Sports Futures programmes. (Image: Sandy Young Photography)

Following her win, Erynn spoke about what she has got out of her time with SSF.

“It’s definitely boosted my confidence and public speaking ability, as well as my leadership skills, as I am now able to lead sessions for the sports that I do," she said. "The programmes have also helped improved my self-esteem, my body image and just the way I think about myself and others.

"I’ve really enjoyed and appreciated all the opportunities that I have got to do, things like the residentials, the trips that I go on and the weekly sessions and it gives me something to regularly look forward too.”

Scottish Sport Futures use sport as a catalyst to enable young people to be healthier, more confident, and more resilient, so they are better prepared to combat the effects of poverty, trauma and adversity.

It aims to support young people living in challenging environments to fulfil their potential and become forces for good in their communities.

The awards, in partnership with sportscotland, were an chance to celebrate the success and dedication of young people in sport across Scottish communities.

Central Fife Times: Winners and finalists at the Scottish Sports Futures Awards 2024.Winners and finalists at the Scottish Sports Futures Awards 2024. (Image: Sandy Young Photography)

Throughout the evening, seven awards were presented to young people, coaches, and organisations who have changed the lives of young people through the power of sport.

Chief Executive of sportscotland, Forbes Dunlop: said, “A huge congratulations to all the winners at this year’s Scottish Sports Futures Awards, who all truly deserve to be recognised for their passion and dedication they have for the work they do in communities across Scotland.”

Chief Executive of Scottish Sports Futures, Dougie Millen, added: “I am incredibly optimistic about the role that sport can continue to play in transforming the lives of young people. Sport can be a catalyst for bringing people together to celebrate diversity and make our communities stronger.

"We look forward to working with sportscotland and all our partners to ensure that every young person feels that sport is a place they belong and can thrive.”