Three young women from South Lanarkshire have been praised by sportscotland after helping to shape the future of the country’s sport.

Megan Glancy, 22, from Hamilton; Eilidh Barclay, 18, from Bothwell; and Anna McDiarmid, 18, from Biggar, were made part of the Young People’s Sport Panel (YPSP) in June 2018.

It provides a national platform for the voices of young people to be heard and valued in the sporting system.

Crucial to the programme is that panel members have the opportunity to influence decision-making and drive change in Scottish sport.

Two years on, the YPSP members have made great strides during in helping to influence and shape the future of sport and raise its profile.

They’ve had the opportunity to meet and present ideas to Sport Minister, Joe FitzPatrick, as well as the sportscotland board.

Panel members have also supported the decision-making for sportscotland’s School Sport Awards programme and coaching, officiating and volunteering awards.

Megan, a volunteer with Active Schools and Blantyre Soccer Academy, added: “I’ve really enjoyed my time on the panel, with so many experiences and opportunities such as going to the Solheim Cup, speaking at events and our residential trips.

“I’ve made so many memories and gained so much experience, which will hopefully help me in a future career in sport.”

Former Biggar High School pupil Anna said: “Being part of the Young People’s Sport Panel has opened up so many doors to opportunities I could never have otherwise imagined.

“It’s given me the chance to have my voice heard in discussions with some of Scotland’s most influential sporting figures.”

Commenting on her time on the panel, former Uddingston Grammar pupil Eilidh, who is now at Edinburgh University said: “Being in the panel has definitely developed me as a person, I have gained so much from it.

“I have been able to make friends with like-minded people, some friendships that will last way longer than our two years on the panel.”

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The chief executive of sportscotland, Stewart Harris, said: “I’ve never failed to be impressed by the commitment and passion for sport these panel members have shown, none more so than Anna, Eilidh and Megan.

“They’ve been a credit to themselves throughout their time on the panel. I’d like to thank them all for their hard work, dedication and enthusiasm for sport which has allowed them to make a big impression at local and national level and has left a positive impact on Scottish sport.”