Scottish Squash are today delighted to announce the award of a grant which will help develop the next generation of young referees in Scotland.

2018 is the Year of Young People in Scotland and to mark the occasion, a new fund from The National Lottery has been made available for projects celebrating young people aged 8 to 26 across Scotland.

The Year of Young People National Lottery Fund is a joint awards programme from the Big Lottery Fund, Heritage Lottery Fund, sportscotland – the national agency for sport – and Spirit of 2012 Trust, a UK trust endowed with funds from the Big Lottery Fund.

The grant awarded by the National Lottery Fund of £9,000 will help Scottish Squash deliver an exciting new project which focuses on the development and delivery of a Young Squash Referee Award in Scotland.

Heritage Lottery Fund Scotland Chair, Seona Reid, said: “I am delighted that Scottish Squash has been successful in securing an award from the Year of Young People National Lottery Fund.

“This funding will help young people to make a positive change in their lives and I wish Scottish Squash every success as it works to improve young people’s health and wellbeing in celebration of Scotland’s Year of Young People.”

Scottish Squash CEO Maggie Still said: “On behalf of Scottish Squash I am thrilled to accept the award from the Year of Young People National Lottery Fund.

“The award will be used to help young people to learn new skills, practice and develop existing skills and gain roles as referees and leaders in the sport of squash.

“Our primary target will be young women with a goal of 100 participants.”

She continued: “We want more young people to experience the thrill of frontline decision making whilst gaining valuable people and project management experience for life.

“This is such an exciting project and one which could transform the delivery of the sport over the coming years.

“Thank you to the National Lottery Fund for the generous award.”

For more details on the 55 youth-focused projects which received funding today in celebration of Scotland’s Year of Young People, click here.

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