The Scottish FA has completed the successful recruitment and induction of the latest intake of its Youth Ambassadors of Change, with 16 fantastic young people from around the country ready to provide their views on the shape of Scottish Football.

The selected ambassadors will form the Scottish FA’s Youth Congress until the summer of 2023, with the chance to work alongside the association on different aspects of the sport. Project areas include how Scottish Football can bring more girls & women into the game, how the Scottish FA can encourage more young people into the coaching pathway and what we can do to continue to make football a game for all young people.

With an average age of 19, the new Youth Congress has members from across schools, colleges, and universities as well as many in full or part-time employment, ensuring a variety of experiences are considered.

Many different voices within Scottish Football are represented by the new intake of Youth Ambassadors, with those selected coming from a variety of backgrounds within the sport, from officiating and volunteering to coaches, players and fans.

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A number of the new Youth Congress have also been a part of the Scottish FA development pathway during their football career to date, with former members of the Scottish FA School of Football systems and the My Volunteer and Inspire programme amongst those selected in the new cohort of ambassadors.

The new ambassadors have begun their term of office, and have completed an induction training period including child wellbeing & protection and diversity & inclusion training.

Speaking about the new cohort, Scottish FA Participation and Engagement Officer Robin Drummond said: “I’m delighted to welcome our new group of Youth Ambassadors of Change to the Scottish FA. We are privileged to have such a fantastic group of young people with such passion for our national game.

“We run this programme to enable us to gather the views of young people on matters that affect them within our game. We’re looking forward to hearing their new ideas and having them challenge us on how we can continue to improve Scottish Football for everyone.”

The Youth Congress would love to hear from young people across Scotland about their views and opinions on Scottish football to help inform its work. You can do this by contacting us on Twitter or on our website contact form.

The Scottish FA’s Youth Ambassadors of Change programme was spotlighted as a leading example of social responsibility in football by UEFA in their season 19-20 FSR Report. You can read more about the Scottish FA’s commitment to the wellbeing of all children and young people here.