A YOUNG sports leader is encouraging people in Stirling to look after their mental health by staying active while restrictions remain in place.

George Gornall, a sportscotland Young People's Sport Panel member, is urging fellow residents to find what works best for them as even small amounts of gentle physical activity can be beneficial.

The 17-year-old St Modan's High School pupil said: “The benefits of consistent exercise are endless for us.

“Physical activity can be a form of meditation, where we can escape from any worries or stresses of daily life.

“I like to do a small bit of exercise in the morning, a 30 minute walk and 5-10 minutes of something more strenuous.

“This helps set me up for the day, it clears my mind and gives me the feeling of a winning start.

“Without access to team sports or facilities it is a lot harder for people at the moment.

“If you can set small and achievable targets for yourself it makes being active a lot more fun, rewarding and you are more likely to stick at it.”

George, who plays football for Milton AFC and coaches for RugbyTots Stirling, has been on the sportscotland Young People’s Sport Panel (YPSP) since November.

The pane is looking to ensure the voice of young people is part of the sporting conversation across Scotland.

Stewart Harris, chief executive of sportscotland, said: “Clearly this is an extremely challenging time for everyone in Scotland and beyond.

“While we all must continue to follow government guidelines, it is important to remember that keeping the body and mind active is crucial to our overall health as is staying connected in whatever way we can to friends and family.

“The Young People’s Sport Panel is a programme we are very proud of and it has helped develop young people for over eight years, it wouldn’t be possible without the National Lottery and lottery players.”