Year of Young People

By John Paul Photography

Over a thousand young people are involved in Piping At Forres every year as competitors and volunteers while hundreds more come and enjoy the event as visitors.  In 2018 we hope to increase the depth and breadth of this involvement by active participation in the Scottish Government’s initiative of The Year of  Young People.

The Year of Young People involves young people co-designing their involvement and we have sought ideas from individuals, youth organisations, schools and any groups which involve or have a focus on young people who would like to be involved in Piping At Forres.

We are delighted to be currently working on over a dozen projects that involve local organisations which work with Young People (under 26) in Piping At Forres 2018. Support from those over 26 is also essential for the success of these projects!

More details of these projects will be available in due course.

One example of working together has already been established with a  local school where  foreign  language students are writing a brochure for us in the language they are learning at school. The best ones will be used on this website to encourage more visitors to Piping At Forres .

Ainsley James, former depute rector of Forres Academy has taken on the volunteer role of coordinating any young people’s events related to the European Pipe Band Championships which will be held in Forres for the last time on June 30 2018.

Ainsley who retired after 18 years at Forres Academy in 2016 said: “I am delighted to be working with Piping At Forres particularly with a role related to the Year of Young People. We really want young people to be part of the one-day event and want to celebrate and showcase the achievements of the young people of our community”.