Branch Youth Development Grants
We are delighted to announce the award of three Branch Youth Development Grants to assist with projects aimed at developing the engagement of and capacity of young people in the RSCDS.
The three recipients are:
- Central Germany Branch
- Roxburgh, Selkirk and Peebles Branch
- Glasgow Branch
As a follow on from Spring Fling in Bonn this year, the Central Germany Branch will develop an annual young dancers event - a weekend school and an evening dance hosted each year by different group in Germany. The award committee of Helen Russell, Chairman, Andrew Kellett, Chairman Elect and Anne McArthur, Youth Services Convenor saw this project as one which will build on the RSCDS investment in Spring Fling and one which promises to be sustainable.
The Roxburgh, Selkirk and Peebles project will build capacity in local schools. Using RSCDS materials and its accreditation scheme, this project will increase the involvement of children in Scottish schools and also work in partnership with teachers and parent councils to make Scottish country dancing part of the curriculum.
The third award goes to Glasgow Branch. The Branch is working with the university and other young dancer clubs with the aim of linking them into the RSCDS. The project will help fund Units 2 and 3 of the RSCDS teacher training programme for young people, all in their twenties and mostly students on limited funds, so they can complete part 1 of their Teachers’ Certificate. On completion, the young people will be involved in teaching the Glasgow classes on a shared basis and will be given opportunities to teach in Glasgow schools preparing for the annual Glasgow City Primary Schools Festival.
This varied choice of projects will all help to contribute to sustainable engagement of young people as outlined in the RSCDS Business Plan. Those who were unsuccessful, we thank you for taking the time to submit your application. We had a difficult task making the selection and we wish you all the best with your work.