The Team Scotland Youth Trust (TSYT) exists to support young Scottish athletes and coaches achieve their potential.
Learn more about our projects below.
The Achieve Programme is our flagship project, offering a Games-time education experience to aspiring athletes and coaches, and ongoing mentorship support as they make the transition into high performance.
Over 180 participants have been through the experience, with many having already made the step up to compete or coach for Team Scotland at a Commonwealth Games.
Thanks to the continued support from a private benefactor, a financial Award is available for young athletes from any of Commonwealth Games Scotland’s member sports.
Over the last 11 years, 133 Awards have been made to 66 athletes totalling £132,365. Thirty-one of these athletes have gone on to represent Team Scotland at a Commonwealth Games and of these 8 have won medals.
The philosophy underpinning the Award is that the value of the support is not just the financial assistance it provides but is also the means of conveying to the athlete a statement of confidence and belief in them as an individual.
Awards are initially granted for one year, with a commitment in principal for a further two years of support subject to progress against agreed goals.
Due to the disruption caused by COVID-19 within the sporting world, many promising, young athletes lost opportunities to train, compete, and progress their careers in 2020 and 2021. The Team Scotland Youth Trust continued its support of the nation’s young talent, and made a financial Award available for prospective Commonwealth Games young athletes from any of Commonwealth Games Scotland member sports.
Thirty-eight athletes from across 17 sports were supported with awards of up to £1000, totalling £20,000.
In addition to our Award Scheme, the Team Scotland Youth Trust act as administrators for other funds.
Application processes for awards mirror our other award schemes, with restricted funds distributed on behalf of other organisations.
Funds include awards to athletes of specific sports or based on other criteria.
The Scottish Sports Awards is an annual celebration of sport in Scotland.
Attended by over 500 people from the Scottish sporting sector, proceeds from the event are donated to the Team Scotland Youth Trust.
Funds generated go towards our annual grants awarded to aspiring athletes.
The TSYT also provide financial support for Team Scotland athletes at the Commonwealth Youth Games.
The Games were first held in Edinburgh in 2000, established through the financial backing of TSYT and Commonwealth Games Scotland.
The Youth Games are for competitors aged 14-18, with host countries generally smaller nations who would otherwise be unable to host full Games events.