GSPDA HITS THE HIGH NOTES WITH CCG FUNDING

More budding musicians in Govan will be given the opportunity to learn a traditional Scottish instrument, thanks to new funding from CCG.

The Glasgow-based business has donated £3,000 to the Govan Schools Pipes and Drums Association (GSPDA) – a not-for-profit organisation which works with more than 100 children from six state schools throughout Govan to teach them the bagpipes and drums.

The grant will be used by the Association to purchase new instruments. It will also enable the group to extend its free-of-charge music tuition to a greater number of young people in the Govan area.

The GSPDA was set up in 2014 to ensure more young people from disadvantaged backgrounds get the opportunity to learn traditional Scottish instruments. The Association works with 9-16 year olds from a diverse range of backgrounds and cultures in the following Govan schools: Pirie Park Primary, St Constantine’s, Govan High School, Riverside Primary School, St Saviours Primary School and Lourdes Secondary School.

The talented youngsters from the GSPDA gave their debut performance to a large crowd at the World Pipe Band Championships in the Novice Juvenile B Section.

Calum Murray, Director of CCG (Scotland) Ltd said: “GSPDA is an incredibly inspiring initiative – not only does it offer young people the chance to learn one of Scotland’s national instruments, it also promotes stronger social bonds and gives our youngsters the opportunity to be part of a unique and vibrant community. Since day one, it has been our ethos at CCG to ensure that our local communities share in our success. That is why we donate funds to good causes like GSPDA, operate a prestigious apprenticeship scheme, and seek to work with local suppliers as much as we possibly can.

“We are immensely proud of how confident the band was in their first performance as they played very well.”

Secretary of the GSPDA, Alan Peat said: “We rely 100 per cent on donations to keep the association running effectively. This grant from CCG (Scotland) Ltd has been a tremendous help and it will allow us to extend our tuition to more young people while also ensuring we take Scotland’s heritage wider and further. This donation really helped to give our competitors a boost for their performance at the World Pipe Band Championships – thank you, CCG.”

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