Ramsbottom Young Peoples Project was founded in response to the large number of 13-16 year olds in the area, and the increasing lack of activities for them.

A small group of very committed residents began meeting to form the project the group to provide opportunities for Ramsbottom’s young people and to support and develop future youth initiatives. To network and connect with local youths the group held a Battle of the Bands competition, which gave 14-year-old Harrison Jones the confidence he needed to enter a competition, which he went on to win.

Harrison sang in front of thousands of people at the Manchester Arena as part of the opening ceremony of the Sainsbury’s School Games. Harrison said: “Performing in front of thousands of people was very exciting but also a little nerve wracking. I made the most of the summer holidays and put in hours of practice so I was really looking forward to performing on a stage that has played some of the world’s biggest stars.”

Ramsbottom Young People’s Project has recognised that there wasn’t much to do for young people in the area and one parent said: “Thank you for providing a fabulous, free event for our children. This is just what Ramsbottom needed.”