Scottish Rugby Youth Panel

The 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 Youth Panel was first introduced in 2016, running for a number of years until the covid-19 pandemic brought the forum to a close.

During the pandemic Scottish Rugby continued to engage with youth representatives from our rugby communities on a regular basis and began a review on the Youth Panel to ensure a relaunch of the forum would have a clear and reflective youth voice has a genuine position in influencing Scottish Rugby and other key agencies.

Based on data from Scottish Rugby’s player management system SCRUMS, there are more than 20,000 people aged between 12 and 24 years participating in rugby activity across Scotland. The Youth Panel will act as a voice for these young people within the Scottish rugby community, and provide a specific platform for youth perspectives to be integrated into Scottish Rugby initiatives and projects.

Scottish Rugby are seeking a diverse group of approximately 16 individuals, aged between 16 and 24, to champion what young people think the rugby environment should look like going forward in Scotland.

The Youth Panel will provide a platform for youth perspectives to be listened to and understood, and to provide influence on a number of Scottish Rugby decisions.

The Youth Panel will seek to expand its influence significantly within Scottish Rugby through the development of youth and community initiatives and key focus areas which will be determined by the panel themselves after its creation.

Members of the panel will also play an important role in informing young people of key developments within Scottish Rugby through their club and sport networks, the use of social media and through attendance of key events.

Applications for the Youth Panel close on Sunday 4 September - for more information about how to apply please click HERE.

Gav Scott, Director of Rugby Development at Scottish Rugby said: “We are delighted to see the relaunch of the Scottish Rugby Youth Panel for the 2022/23 Season. The Panel provides an opportunity for young people to have meaningful discussions regarding the impact that Scottish Rugby decisions have on our young people, in addition to contributing and influencing positive change within Scottish Rugby

“Scottish Rugby recognises the importance of the contributions our young people make and are committed to ensuring that the Youth Panel is a diverse group of individuals. Anyone who has experience in volunteering in sport and has a passion for rugby is invited to apply.”

Former Youth Panelist, Ruairidh Campbell spoke about his experience of being in the Youth Panel: “My time with the Youth Panel was brilliant for building contacts across the game which was great as I remain involved in the game through referring at a national level.

“I also recently put my experience to good use when asked to be a part of a working group which contributed to Scottish Rugby's new Match Official Strategy.

“There is no better way to get involved if you are interested in helping shape the future of rugby in Scotland and improving the experience for young people. Whether you're involved in rugby as a player, coach, match official or volunteer, there's a place for you to have a genuine impact as part of the Youth Panel.”

  • What's the criteria to apply?

    You must be living in Scotland, and be aged between 16 and 24 at the date of application deadline (4 September). Otherwise all you need is a passion for rugby, a desire to make a difference, and time to commit to the panel!

  • How do I apply and what's the deadline?

    Applications for the Youth Panel close on Sunday 4 September - for more information about how to apply please click HERE.

    If you have any accessibility requirements, please email us [email protected] and we’ll be happy to help.

  • What does the role involve?

    As well as attending quarterly meetings with the panel, members work on various projects throughout their two years. They are also invited to attend a range of events on behalf of Scottish Rugby.

  • Still got a question?

    If there's anything you're still unsure of, contact us at [email protected] and we'll get back to you as soon as possible!

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