Our Youth Advisory Panel

We recognise that young people should have a say in the decisions that will affect them, and as we continue to develop our work around children and young people, we are committed to championing this by putting them at the heart of the Alliance’s work through our Youth Advisory Panel.

We launched our Young Board Members  report, developed in partnership with Youth Sport Trust, in June 2018, and had a fantastic panel discussion with three young people at our annual Sport Summit in July that year. Discussing their experiences of the sporting system to date and what they want to see change in the future.

Now we want to go further and ensure that youth voice guides our work, helping children and young people to be active, healthy and happy.

Find out more about our Youth Advisory Panel, how you can get involved and apply below.

Youth Advisory Panel Booklet 

YAP application form

YAP terms of reference



My name is Connor Belle I’m a sport and exercise science university student, active sports volunteer in various capacities, sports coach, and team leader at Youth Sport Trust. I live in the region of West Midlands. I think of myself as a funny, endearing, and a confident person.

The things I love the most are being involved in sports development because it offers me the chance to make a difference in mine and other people’s lives.   

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Hi, I’m Matthew Chilvers and I play Learning Disability Tennis, competing in Special Olympics/LTA tournaments nationwide throughout the year.  I’m on the autistic spectrum and volunteer at Desford Lawn Tennis Club, being part of the coaching team that won the LTA Disability Project of the Year Award in 2018.  I was selected as the East Midlands BBC Sports Personality Get Inspired Unsung Hero 2018. I’m currently studying at Loughborough College for a Sports Management degree and enjoy playing football.  

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Hi I'm Ellie Watkins, Sport has been a massive driving force in my life throughout recent years, igniting a passion in me to improve the lives of others through physical activity, with particular emphasis on rural communities and areas of social deprivation. I am currently a member of the Sport Wales and Youth Sport Trust Steering Group and National Leadership Academy, as well as working at my local swimming pool as a lifeguard and swim instructor. 

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Hi I'm Jack Spencer Jones, I’m a recent graduate of Chichester University, studying Sport Management. I am a keen and enthusiastic sport loving character and have a huge passion for disability sport and wanting it to improve and thrive. I also work as a cricket coach and in the betting industry. 

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I am Lauren Earle and currently reading Sport and Exercise Science at Loughborough University and have worked for the Active Partnership, Leicester-Shire and Rutland Sport, as part of my University placement year. I am aspiring to work within Sport Development once I finish my degree, in order to positively impact communities through physical activity and sport.

My other interests include: being a friendship telephone volunteer for Independent Age, staying healthy by playing hockey and going to the gym, and spending time with family and friends.

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My name is Rashan and I am a recent Sports Science grad from Brunel University. I have experience working with professional football teams as a S&C coach/sports scientist and I am now a youth and community coach for a sports charity called Street League. My drive, teamwork and courtesy have helped to shape me into the person I am now, and I am always looking to develop myself. 

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