Meet the Youth Panel

The Scottish Rugby Youth Panel acts as a voice for young people within Scottish Rugby and enables members of the panel to inform the implementation and development of Schools and Youth programmes.

The panel comprises of 16 members aged 14-20 years-old chosen through a selection process who are currently, or have been, involved with rugby both on and off the pitch. 

If you want anymore information about the Youth Panel or advice on setting up your own panel at your club, please contact Pete Young Outreach and Equality Manager: [email protected]

Meet the Panel

      

Catherine

I've been watching rugby ever since I can remember - however, I only decided just over a year ago to start playing and get more involved and it’s been the best decision of my life! I am now also part of the BT Academy U18s programme. I'm thrilled to be on the Youth Panel as I think that really positive things could happen if young people are represented at a higher level. When I leave school next year, I would love to study Physiotherapy and continue to play rugby.

 

 

Zoe

I’ve been involved in the game for just over 6 years both playing with my club and spectating with my season ticket for Glasgow Warriors. This is something I have always been very passionate about; I am also a keen footballer. I am a sports leader and also the sports ambassador for my school. I am also passionate about music and attend gigs regularly. My favourite artists amongst many others are The Stone Roses, Oasis and Paolo Nutini. 

 

 

Niamh

I have been playing rugby for 6 years at my club where I’m part of the player development programme. I captained the under 18's team last season to the club cup final, sevens and President conference victories. I have achieved my UKCC Level 1 in rugby. I have coached minis rugby for 4 years and the U12's girls team last season. I am also part of the Scotland U19 girls player development programme and last season I was a part of the U18 girls Scotland sevens team. I study physiotherapy at University. I aim to encourage and inspire more young people to get involved in rugby.

 
 

Aidan

I’ve played and followed rugby since a young age, playing primarily in the school system, but also within the club set up. Rugby has always been very important to me and I plan on keeping it that way. Last season I helped out at my school coaching younger pupils’ rugby, many of whom were completely new to the sport. After being an intern with Glasgow Warriors for over a year in their performance analysis department, I have now started at university studying Sport Performance Analysis. After this I will hopefully become a full-time performance analyst at a professional rugby club.

 

 

Ruth

I have been involved in rugby for 5 years, starting at my school. Through this I moved to play with a local club where I spent 4 years and I have now moved onto another local club. As well as playing I’m also a referee completing a level 1 course. As I’ve recently been injured and am out of playing for a year I’ve started to coach with a local mini team and my schools U14 girls team. I am privileged to be a part of the Youth Panel and hope we can make a valuable contribution to Scottish Rugby.

 

 

Eve

My rugby passion ignited when local club coaches attended my school to offer tag rugby. With no team locally I travelled to the nearest girls’ team for 2 seasons. Since June 2014 our female teams have gone from strength to strength and we now field U12, U15, U18 and women’s teams. I was also voted inaugural U15 Captain. As a Young Sports Leader and sportscotland Young Ambassador I love sports but rugby is my favourite and I’m in my element playing, spectating or refereeing.

 
  

Ruairidh

I was born in Melrose, meaning rugby has always been incredibly important to me. As well as playing since the age of 5 both for the club and at school, I am also a Level 3 Referee and on the National Development Squad. I am currently at University studying History and Politics where I also compete in athletics. Off the pitch I stay involved in rugby through both journalism and photography which is published online. Away from the sport, I like to spend my time working on the family farm. 

 

 

Olivia

I’ve been playing rugby for 4 years, after being encouraged by a teacher to take it up and I thoroughly enjoy the game. I play for club, school and a combined regional team mainly at scrum half but also winger/fullback. In July 2016 I was selected for a 10-week programme with the BT Sport Scottish Rugby Academy. I coach P1-3 Mini sessions, where I really enjoy working with different kids. I’ve danced with Alpha Dance Academy for 13 years and play piano.

 
  

Logan

I started playing rugby in Primary 4 at my local club and moved to a new club at the start of secondary school. I currently play Fly-half, train twice a week and play on a Sunday. After leaving school I plan to go to university to study sports science or physiotherapy as I study 2 sciences in school and P.E. I am a really confident and outgoing person with plenty of ideas to share. I hope the Youth Panel can help the development in youth players in Scottish Rugby.

 
  

Finlay

I started playing mini rugby when I was 5 and have been playing ever since. Currently I play for my school and this summer was selected to captain the district team in the inter-district matches. I’m passionate about rugby and want to put something back into the sport so have undertaken a Level One refereeing course and assist with coaching P6 mini rugby. I believe it is essential for Scottish rugby to nurture and develop as many young players as possible as they are our games future. 

 
  

Vicki

I’ve been playing rugby at my local club for just over 3 years.  I work at the weekend during the tourist season at a local castle. During the week I attend 4 rugby sessions a week.  Two are part of our Clubs Academy where I do Strength and Conditioning sessions and skills sessions. I then attend training twice a week with the rest of the team.  

 
  

Robbie

I began playing rugby with a local mini section and quickly realised that rugby was the sport for me. I enjoy the challenge of playing and being captain for my school and club teams. Rugby has been a great way of making friends from all the other schools. I am a Glasgow Warriors fan as well as being one of their ballboys. I like to travel, usually to go and watch rugby!  I enjoy listening to music, walking my dog and watching Netflix. 

 

 

Christina

I’ve been playing rugby for three years with my school team. I also coach local primary 1-4 girls’ rugby every Sunday. Besides rugby, I’m the goalkeeper for my towns ladies team and coach football to nursery and primary school children. Music is another part of my life and I have played both the bagpipes and drum kit since I was in primary school.  

 

 
  

Jordan

I started with tag rugby at school and slowly got more intertwined until I've found myself doing something rugby related almost every day of the week. Although squeezing in homework and bagpipes between training can be difficult, I find it very hard to be in a position without friends who I lift, train and play with. I also enjoy being at the sideline: often finding a flag in my hand or advice on my tongue. I hope to give everyone the opportunities I've had to enjoy rugby.

 
  

Ewan

I’ve 2 brothers who for some reason prefer football, however being the middle child I like to be different – rugby is my passion. At primary school from age 5 I played rugby at my local rugby clubs mini section. Currently I play school rugby on a Saturday morning, and club rugby on a Sunday. My favourite position is scrum half as they’re always involved in the game, but I’ll play in any position to get a game. I’m also a season ticket holder, and fanatical supporter of Glasgow Warriors.

 
  

Charlie

I’ve been playing rugby since the age of 5. My favourite position is anywhere in the back row and I really enjoy playing for both my club and school. I am honoured to have been selected to join the SRU Youth Panel, and I am hoping my passion for the game along with my experience of both club and school rugby will enable me to make a positive contribution to the future of Scottish youth rugby.