By Norman Macdonald
A secondary school pupil from Paisley will help influence the future of sporting activity in Scotland. Fionn Gavin, aged 17 and a sixth-year student at St Andrew’s Academy, has been selected to sit on the sportscotland Young People’s Sports Panel for the next two years.
He will join other young people from all over Scotland to influence the future and raise the profile of sport in the country.
Renfrewshire Leisure’s Active Schools team had supported four local pupils in their application to sit on the panel with two getting to the final stages of selection.
Fionn’s has been asked to join the panel out of more than 150 young people who applied.
Fionn said: “When I got the phone call saying I had been selected for the panel I was overwhelmed with excitement and couldn’t believe it.
“I’m really looking forward to getting to know my fellow peers on the panel and I can’t wait to get started to work as a team to make a difference to sport in Scotland.
“I am very grateful to my Active Schools Coordinators, David Rose and Erin Campbell along with the teachers in my PE Department, at St Andrew’s for helping me to become involved and pushing me to succeed in something I love.”
Chairperson of Renfrewshire Leisure, Councillor Lisa-Marie Hughes said: “The Young People’s Sport Panel provides a national platform to represent the voice of young people across Scotland.
“The programme’s principle is that young people’s views are heard and valued and they have the opportunity to influence decision-making and drive change.
“Fionn has been involved with the Active Schools programme from a young age and has shown great commitment to sport. He has all the credentials to become a valued member of the panel and we are delighted he has been selected.
“He will also continue to work with groups in Renfrewshire to raise awareness and promote sporting activity.”