A scheme to promote and encourage the use of Scots language within schools has been launched.

The ambassador scheme, unveiled at the Scottish Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh, will see Scots speakers from all walks of life become champions of the language.

The individuals will be paired with schools and work with them for three years to foster a love of the Scots language in pupils.

Already signed up are the cast of the Singing Kettle - Gary Coupland, Anya Scott-Rodgers and Kevin MacLeod - Scottish Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2014 Robyn Stapleton, prizewinning author James Robertson and poet and Dundee Laureate W.N. Herbert.

Dr Alasdair Allan, Minister for Scotland's Languages, said: "Scots is an incredibly important part of our heritage and plays a major role in shaping our vibrant cultural identity.

"The ambassadors scheme is an innovative and exciting way to get more young people engaged and involved in using Scots. I'm happy to see this scheme championing the language and I'm sure it will be a rewarding and enriching experience for those lucky enough to be taking part."