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


I am Cameron Wood and I am 22 years old, I was a keen horseman and used to ride for the Riding for the Disabled Association. I am a wheelchair user who has Cerebral Palsy & Hydrocephulas, I enjoy getting young people with disabilities heard in my local area and I've been doing that passionately for the last 2 years. I support Aston Villa football Club & I also enjoy watching disability sports.

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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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My name’s Conrad and I’m reading for a Masters in Human Resource Management and undertaking a placement at the NHS. I have previously taught in schools, and health and young people are two areas close to me. I am currently Chair of the England Athletics Youth Panel, ensuring that a young people’s voice is represented within the grassroots of the sport. My main interests are promoting youth volunteering and making the sport more accessible and diverse. 

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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 my name is Dora Roughan, a recent Geography graduate from the University of Manchester and I’ve always loved playing sport. I currently play and manage my local water polo team in South East London. I love volunteering with GoodGym, which is a charity where we combine running with doing something good for your local community, such as running to a food bank and sorting food, or planting trees in a park. 

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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 Khizar Ali. I'm from Manchester and I work as a researcher. I am passionate about sports and making a difference for young people. I'm also a creative individual and enjoy acting and filmmaking.

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I'm Raph, I'm from Reading. I love sport and play many sports, including hockey, swimming, running, sailing and golf. I have played for the England U16 and U18 hockey teams and I have been part of 2 English Channel Swim Relays, I also coach hockey goalkeeping at my club. 

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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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My name is Zoe Allanson, I have just finished my GCSE’s and am awaiting the start of A- levels next school year. I am a passionate young athlete and compete in both Netball and High Jump, and love to coach and help young children develop in a sporting environment. I also support a local charity close to me, The Link Foundation, helping those less fortunate.

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