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DofE participants win award for skatepark film

A film about a group of skateboarders from Moray in Scotland has scooped the top prize in a national competition.

The three minute production by the Buckie-based group was selected as being the best from entries in a British Film Institute competition launched to celebrate the 75th birthday of legendary filmmaker Ken Loach.

Entries were received from hundreds of young filmmakers from throughout the UK with the Buckie film chosen as the winning entry at a ceremony in London’s South Bank last week.

Working alongside film producer Tom Duncan earlier this year, over a dozen young skaters were involved in making ‘Joose’, the title coming from the common greeting between skateboarders in Buckie.

The project was developed by Moray Council's Community Learning and Development worker in Buckie, Fiona Herd, with support from Moray Drug and Alcohol Partnership.

Featuring three local young people who talk openly and honestly about their lives and aspirations, the film was shot and edited over a three-month period by all those involved.

One of the boys featured, Gary Welford, also directed the film.  He explained how skateboarding had helped change his outlook, adding that the skatepark had helped turn his life around.

Gary said: “One big mistake was I messed up at school, I left in second year and then I was really stuck for a while trying to find a job or get some form of education.

I go to the skatepark and see my friends, and that gave me a reason to stop being lazy, to get up rather than lay in my bed all day.”

I started becoming involved with the DofE and that is going to help a lot.

"I also got into college and had my first induction day at the end of June, so that is one of the biggest achievements I’ve made in the last six months.”

During the summer the group worked with graffiti artist Marc Delaye to create a large scale piece of artwork for the skatepark, and in the October holidays they organised and ran a competition supported by Moray Council's Youth Work Team.

The boys are hoping to lead workshops with younger skaters and BMX bikers, passing on their skills and expertise.

All the young people are DofE participants and their efforts will count towards thie programmes.

The project aims to empower young people by using their skills and interests to inspire not only themselves but other people in their community.

The film can be seen online where there are also interviews with some of the young people involved.

Story courtesy of www.local.stv.tv