Application process & FAQs

We are currently reviewing the applications and will be in touch with applicants soon. Applicants who have made it to the next stage in the process will be invited to an interview - if you have any queries about your application which aren't answered in the FAQ section below, please contact 

YPSP Application Guidance Note

#sportpanel recruitment timeline

The milestones of application, interviews and successful members' key work and dates.

  • Do your research - explore our website to find out more about the panel and what's involved.
  • Do you meet the key criteria? Check the FAQs section below for further details.
  • Apply online - applications open on Monday 27 January and close on Monday 24 February.
  • 1st interview stage - successful applicants will be called for a 1st interview, held at the end of March and beginning of April. You have the option in the application form to select which dates and venues would suit you if you are successful.
  • 2nd interview stage - successful candidates will meet with staff for a second time in May before the final selection is made
  • Our 2020-22 sport panel will be selected! The new panel members will meet for an induction evening in June.
  • For the next two years the sport panel members attend monthly meetings (there is the option to Skype in for some meetings if distance is an issue) and a residential and development day. At these meetings, panel members will be involved in a range of opportunities as well as working in project groups. They'll also have the chance to represent sportscotland at a range of events throughout their time on the panel. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Applications open on Monday 27 January, and close at 10pm on Monday 24 February 2020.

You must be living in Scotland, and be aged between 14 and 23 at the date of application deadline (24 February). Otherwise all you need is a passion for sport, a desire to make a difference, and up to 3 hours per week to commit to the panel!


Find out more about the key timelines and milestones involved in being on the panel at the top of this page. 

You can fill out the online application form on our website (available from 27 January when applications open). Alternatively, you can print an application form to fill out and post to us – address details are included on the form.

You also have the option to submit a video as your application. Further instructions on this are below.

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


The application form should take around 20 minutes to complete.

You’ll be asked to fill out some basic details about yourself, then answer three questions about your experience in sport and why you want to be on the panel. Each question only requires an answer of 200 words or fewer (or up to 1 minute per question for a video answer).

You’ll also need to provide contact details for a referee – this could be a teacher, coach, support worker, work colleague or similar (where possible this should not be a relative or friend).

If you’re completing the form online, please note that you cannot save the form as you go, so consider preparing your answers in advance and inputting them in one go.

Your application will not be passed to any third parties or be used for any other purposes.


Video responses are optional, but if you prefer that to a written answer then all you need to do is film your answers to each of the questions on the form, and upload them to YouTube. You need to record and upload your film before you start your application, so you have the URL ready to paste into the form - just copy and paste this into one of the answer fields.

Please state the question and then answer. Tips on how to upload a video on YouTube can be found here - make sure that you’ve set it to either ‘unlisted’ or ‘public’ in the privacy settings (if it’s private, we won’t be able to watch it)

Selected applicants will be invited to a first stage interview, which will take place in late March/April. Interviews take place at a range of locations across Scotland – you’ll be able to select your nearest location on your application form, and you’ll be contacted via email to confirm your interview time if successful. 

This stage will involve you meeting some current sport panel members to find out a bit more about the panel, followed by an informal chat with a member of the sport panel recruitment team to get to know you better.

We can offer a Skype or video interview to applicants living further afield from the interview venues if needed.

Please note that applicants under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

There’s then a second round of interviews in May before the final panel is selected and notified.

For interviews, travel expenses incurred will be reimbursed to applicants for all stages (within reason). You will be required on the day to fill in a form and provide any travel receipts for processing.

For successful panel members, we’ll help you with co-ordinating your travel arrangements and with your travel expenses throughout your time on the panel.

You can find out how our former panel members have benefitted from their experience here. 

As well as attending monthly 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 sportscotland. 

Find out about what the current panel have worked on here

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

Good luck!

Date published: 15 January 2018
Date updated: 10 June 2020


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