Jersey Sport Youth Panel to give young islanders chance to shape future direction of sport

Monday 30 July 2018

Jersey Sport is set to launch a new Youth Panel, giving young islanders the opportunity to influence the future direction of sport and active living.

The group of young people, aged 14 to 25, will advise, inform and support Jersey Sport staff in their work to inspire an active island, helping the organisation to identify issues relevant to young people.

Potential projects for the panel include:

  • Produce a “Sport for Young People in Jersey” report
  • Advise on the development of IT in sport and active living
  • Design a new School Sports Award

“It’s vital we listen to what young people are saying, not only about our services and programmes, but about the wider challenges surrounding sport and active living,” said Jersey Sport CEO Catriona McAllister.

“The hope is that this group will develop the skills and knowledge to go on and be our sports administrators of the future, whether that be in organisations such as the Commonwealth Games Association of Jersey, local clubs or, who knows, even taking my job one day.

“Jersey’s Children’s Commissioner has put a real focus on ensuring young people’s voices are heard right across island life, and this new panel will certainly give its members the chance to make a real difference.”

The panel is likely to meet every two months, and members should expect to commit up to two hours per week on average.

People interested in applying to join can download the application form, and find out more about the project, by clicking here.

“We’re looking for young people to come into this group with creative, fresh and innovative ideas,” added James Tilley, Jersey Sport’s Sports Partnership Manager.

“It’s important a wide cross-section of society is represented, and it would be brilliant if we got applications from people who don’t play sport too, as it’s important we get all views and look to break down the barriers to being active.”

Applications are open until 16th of September 2018.

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