In 2013 a former pupil of Govan High School, who was also an influential member of the Govan Weavers had informal discussions with the headmaster of Govan High School at the time and a member of the internationally acclaimed and World Championship Winning Strathclyde Police Pipe Band to establish a local charity to provide additional interest and life skills to the children of Govan and to form a strong community bond based upon the heritage and culture of the highland bagpipe.
Through strong organisation and with the network of Govan Weavers assistance, the project was launched in 2013 at the Pearce Institute with local press, Weavers and local dignitaries in attendance. With the support of members of the Strathclyde Police Pipe Band tuition to pupils at Pirie Park Primary and St Constantine’s began with 1 hour a week each. From there the tuition spread to Govan High School, Riverside Primary, St Saviours Primary and Lourdes Secondary Schools.
In 2014 funding for the project followed two avenues, firstly, from Children in Need, The Robertson Trust, The Big Lottery and Glasgow Council and, secondly, three years of 50% fund matching of tuition from the Scottish Schools Pipes and Drums Trust.
During 2014 the initiative was formally registered with OSCR as a charity (SC044971) and named “The Govan Schools Piping Association”. It was also formally registered at Companies House (SC446827). At the beginning of 2015 a professional governance and board structure was put in place to manage and run the association comprising of teachers, parents, tutors and independent business men. In 2015, to more accurately depict the work of the association, the name was changed to “The Govan Schools Pipes & Drums Association”, its current title.