Molly Sands

Molly is a member of the Youth Sport Trust Youth Board. Positioned at the heart of our organisation, our Youth Board represents and communicates the views of all young people to inform and enhance our work.

Molly Sands Youth Board Member


Tell us about what do you currently do? 
I’m currently in my last year of High School and applying to study law at university. I’m Head Girl at my school, and outside of education I both coach, and play hockey. 

Tell us about your sporting background?
My sporting background involves a variety of different sports, but my main two are hockey and artistic swimming. I trained with the Scottish artistic swimming team (then known as synchronised swimming) in my early teen years. Recently I’ve committed most of my time to hockey. I coach 5-14 year olds at my local club, and compete with the women’s, and U18 teams both outdoor and indoor.

My interest in sport, and particularly in ensuring sport is accessible to all, led me to join SportScotland’s Young People’s Sport Panel. Through this sporting opportunity I had the privilege of working on a number of different projects, such as Kit For All and The Young People’s Sport Podcast, and working with so many inspiring people that encouraged me to continue making positive change for young people through sport. 

What is your particular area of interest when it comes to accessing sport?
My two main areas of interest when it comes to sporting accessibility are representation and inclusion. If sport isn't representative, then we immediately limit those who know that they can experience the incredible benefits and joy it brings. Likewise, if sport isn’t inclusive from grassroots to elite level, then there are people who aren’t able to participate at all. The importance of representation manifests in knowing what you can do, and can access, and the necessity of inclusion is how we make this accessible. 

Why did you want to become a member of the Youth Board?
After working with the Youth Sport Trust on the Youth Summit I found I related to the main aims of the Trust and the people behind them. Applying to the Youth Board was my way of contributing to the amazing team and projects at the Trust. I strive to effectively, and accurately, represent young people in sport in order to make a positive change in the sector, and the Youth Board are who I want to work with in this next chapter of my sporting journey. 

If you could change one thing about sport or physical activity for young people, what would that be?
If I could change one thing about sport and physical activity for young people, I’d ensure every young person feels encouraged, accepted, and celebrated in their sporting community. The benefits of sport and physical activity should be accessible to all, and I truly believe there is something out there for everyone. Whether that’s competing, coaching, officiating, or just being active, there is a place for everyone in the sporting world. I would love for every young person to find, and celebrate, their place. 

Tell us a fun or interesting fact about yourself.    
A fun fact about me is that I play harp and bass guitar!