My name is Dylan Conti, I am based in Glasgow Scotland. Two reasons I wanted to be on the Youth Sport Trust Youth Board:
- to change people’s perceptions of someone’s ability to achieve
- how empowerment can be life changing for individuals who’ve struggled with confidence and self-belief
When I was at school sport was a subject that I really enjoyed and excelled due to my ability in a variety of skills and qualities that I could transfer across different sports.
My journey to the Youth Board has been varied with loads of different experiences; from volunteering within my local community, to working and coaching abroad and delivering within some of the communities in Scotland. My main enjoyment, other than participating in sport, started when I was volunteering with my local football club. I was 15 when I was asked to help with the mini kickers - I learned to kick a ball 10 or so years earlier in the same hall! The YST Inclusive Futures project had a significant impact and influence on my life. I was unsure of my direction but knew I wanted to work in sport and inclusive futures gave me the opportunities to learn and develop in ways that have set me on my path to this current day. While participating in Inclusive Futures I was also attending college studying for my NQ Sport and Fitness in 2014/15 and higher NQ Sport and Fitness in 2015/16.
Whilst at college I was recommend to apply for a role within professional football club Albion Rovers FC in Scotland. This led me to working part time with the clubs newly created community programme. I feel that I wouldn’t have had the skills, experience and knowledge if it wasn’t for Inclusive Futures. I was not the most confident teenager. Just before summer 2016 I was offered a full-time role within the Club’s community trust, delivering a wide range of projects which gave me more knowledge about how the sport and health sectors work together, as well as how it can influence and support the education landscape. During this time, I volunteered with Scottish Sports Futures www.scottihsportsfutures.org.uk who run a range of ‘sport for change’ programmes within local communities.
In 2017 I was head hunted to work with a football company called Box Soccer Training running a range of school and community-based programmes. I now work with Scottish Sports Futures as a Jump2it Programme Assistant one day a week as I went back to college this year to study for my HND Sports Coaching and Development of sport. I am also currently a coach with Celtic Girls Academy and a Youth Panel member of The Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA).
YST Youth Board Member