The Scottish Schools Freestyle Championships 2021 Online: Terms & Conditions
The Scottish Schools Freestyle Championships 2021 Online is being run to encourage creativity amongst young people at this time when opportunities for music making are limited.
The promoters of The Scottish Schools Freestyle Championships 2021 Online are the registered charity the Scottish Schools Pipes and Drums Trust.
All members of participating bands must at all times obey whatever Coronovirus Prevention measures are being enforced by the Scottish Government as they prepare and record performances.
By submitting a film to this competition all members of the band agree to the film being broadcast on social media, and their images being used in supportive publicity and other promotional activity.
A prize pot of over £2,500 will be shared amongst the winners. Details of prize allocation will be announced mid-February.
Prize money will be paid to the school of the winning band for the purpose of supporting music. In cases where the members of a winning band or group come from more than one school, prize money will be divided pro-rata between schools.
Participants will most probably need to use an online app like Acapella or one of the many others unless they are members of the same household. There is no restriction on what app is used other than the finished film must be capable of being submitted online.
The organisers of this competition reserve the right to increase the number of judges from the planned four in the event of a large entry being received.
Any disputes will be adjudicated by the convenor of the Scottish Schools Pipes and Drums Trust.
Email and mobile phone contact details will only be used for communication in direct support of this competition and will not be shared with third parties.
No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for any reason.
To take part in the competition you must first register by midday Sunday 7 February 2021.
Finished films must be submitted via the competition page linked from www.sspdt.org.uk by midday Sunday 14 March 2021.
Shortlisted films will be publicised on social media during the weekend beginning Friday 26 March.
Judges’ winners will be announced on Sunday 28 March
The Scottish Schools Freestyle Championships took place online from Monday 22 to Sunday 28 March, with 16 bands battling it out for the prizes.
Films were broadcast over the evenings of Thursday 25, Friday 26, and Saturday 27 March, with an exciting People's Choice Award and the competition results announced on the Sunday.
Resilience and teamwork, perseverance and confidence - these are just some of the transferable life skills that pupils develop when they play in a pipe band, along with a sense of pride and belonging within the school and community. Widening opportunities to learn the pipes and drums in schools also helps, on a national scale, to safeguard Scotland’s unique cultural heritage.
The Trust helps to extend and sustain piping and
drumming in Scotland's state schools, with a
focus on remote and disadvantaged areas. We
supported 3,750 pupils in over 270 schools last
year. More partnerships are pending, and new
enquiries are welcome.
“I’ve seen kids come in here with no self confidence and seen the changes that learning an instrument can bring about. It’s amazing to see what piping can do. Learning a skill, making friendships that will last a lifetime, being part of something.”
A tutor in Govan schools, former World Championships winner and member of the Strathclyde Police Band
“The Preston Lodge Pipe Band has grown quickly from a tentative group of new players into the flourishing figurehead of our school and its community.”
Gavin Clark, Head Teacher
Preston Lodge High School, East Lothian
SSPDT has co-created 55 new piping and
drumming teaching roles in schools, so far. We
provide networking, professional development
events and resources for piping and drumming
tutors working in schools.