Young People

Shetland LEADER 2007-2013 contributed to a number of projects which supported young people.

Shetland Folk Festival - Nordic Tone

LEADER contributed £9,362, 50% of costs, towards a Trans-Nordic educational project which brought together 20 students and 5 leaders from Shetland, Finland, Sweden, Norway and Denmark to learn new music and skills from one another and perform together at the 2009 Shetland Folk Festival.

Soil Association Scotland – Crofting Connections

The Crofting Connections project was delivered in schools across the Highlands and Islands to reconnect young people with their land, culture and history and inspire them to live and work in their crofting communities. In Shetland 8 schools participated: junior high schools at Whalsay, Baltasound and Mid Yell and primary schools at Burravoe, Dunrossness, Cullivoe, Urafirth and Sound. The Shetland LAG awarded a grant of £7,013.00, 45% of costs.

Northern Focus Parkour – Shetland Parkour Experience

The LAG awarded the group a grant of £5,775.60, 46.6% of costs, to run a series of workshops spread over four days for all ages and abilities from complete beginners to more experienced practitioners of parkour (or free running).

Shetland Recreational Trust – Regional Hockey Facility, Brae

Shetland LAG approved a grant of £200,000, 29.37% of costs, to Shetland Recreational Trust (SRT) to construct a modern artificial surface exclusively for hockey on the site of the present artificial pitch in Brae. This development includes upgrading the changing facilities and constructing a new equipment storage building, new dugouts and spectator shelters and new hockey goals. The completed and upgraded facility will allow SRT to seek Regional Hockey Facility status, which will allow regional competitions to be held in Shetland.

Shetland Rugby Club

A LEADER grant of £31,000, 49.21% of costs, to Shetland Rugby Club enabled them to employ a full time Rugby Development Officer to work with Shetland Islands Council Active Schools Programme, the NHS Healthy Living Programme and Scottish Rugby Union, to increase participation in rugby by all age groups.

The first year of the project has been hailed as a success, as the target of 800 under-25s actively engaged in the sport was reached.

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