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Kids Show Olympic Spirit At Sports Event

Sporty kids from throughout Renfrewshire had a gold run when they took part in an Olympic-themed event.
The youngsters from Renfrewshire’s award-winning Street Stuff youth diversionary project took to the field at St Mirren Park for a free multi-sports event themed around the upcoming summer Games in London.
Around 150 young people took part in sports including football, hockey, rugby, short tennis and archery, as well as running, throwing and jumping events.
And many of them were able to pick up some podium pride on the day, with medals dished out to the best performers.
Street Stuff co-ordinator Stephen Gallagher said: “We had run the event before as a football-only thing, but decided to go with an Olympic theme this year. The day was really successful and the kids really enjoyed trying different sports.
“The fact they got the chance to run out on to the pitch at St Mirren Park was a real thrill for them, as they have been down there to see St Mirren play, but have never been on the first-team park before.
“They told us they cannot wait for next year’s event!”
Street Stuff is a programme of diversionary activities for young people, which has helped reduce youth disorder across Renfrewshire.
It is a partnership between Renfrewshire Council, St Mirren, Strathclyde Police, Strathclyde Fire and Rescue, Engage Renfrewshire, McGill’s, and Reid Kerr College.
Activities on offer include football with coaching from St Mirren, and The Box – a multi-functional activity unit with dance mats and DJ workshops. The timetable for the next two months is atwww.renfrewshire.gov.uk
The programme attracts more than 20,000 young people a year and has led to youth disorder dropping between 18% and 40% in each area where it operates.