The 2017 BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year has been revealed as footballer Phil Foden. National children’s charity, the Youth Sport Trust, was among the judging panel formed of representatives from:
- BBC Sport - John Inverdale (chair of the panel)
- Former winner of the award Harry Aikines-Aryeetey
- Blue Peter - presenter Radzi Chinyanganya and a Blue Peter Sport Badge 2017 winner
- Elite athletes - Helen Richardson-Walsh and Hannah Russell
- BBC Sports Personality of the Year executive editor - Carl Doran.
Will Roberts, Director of Operations at the Youth Sport Trust, said:
What an amazing year it has been for the rising stars of British sports. I would like to extend a huge congratulation to Phil for being named this year’s BBC Young Personality of the Year 2017. Being given this award is testament to his talent, ambition and drive.
“Each year we sit on the judging panel and each year it doesn’t get any easier, but it is fair to say that this shortlist has been the strongest ever. The talent and achievements of young people out there is huge. Through our work on the School Games National Finals, our YST Talent portal, and support of gifted and talented young people in schools and through National Governing Bodies, we are lucky to have significant interaction with young people across the country.
“Being a part of this year’s panel has been an amazing experience and has reaffirmed the importance of ensuring young people are given a strong foundation throughout school to have happy and healthy experiences of sport, physical activity and PE.”