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Street Stuff hosts festival of football at St Mirren Park

Street Stuff hosts festival of football at St Mirren Park

Young people from throughout Renfrewshire can step out on the hallowed turf of St Mirren Park to show their football skills at a special tournament this month.

The festival of five-a-side football is an annual end-of-season event run by the area’s award-winning Street Stuff youth diversionary project.

Street Stuff is a partnership between various local agencies, including Renfrewshire Council and St Mirren, offering activities for young people – such as mobile youth clubs and street football with coaching from the club – at youth disorder hotspots.

And the scheme’s organisers are looking for teams of young people aged from 10 to 18 to get their entries in for the event, on Monday 13 May from 6.30 to 9pm.

Those playing on the day will be able to pose with the Scottish League Cup, and meet some of the first-team players who won the trophy in March.

Youngsters will also get to try out St Mirren’s brand-new Dome, with some of the action due to take place in the recently-opened indoor pitch beside the stadium.

For those who don’t fancy the football, computer games will be set up in the main-stand hospitality suite, with Fifa 13 and Just Dance on offer.

Councillor Eddie Devine, Renfrewshire Council’s Street Stuff champion, said: “The activities run by Street Stuff have made a huge difference to the area and to the young people involved.

“By giving youngsters somewhere to go and something to do, and through the work with police and the council’s community safety services, youth disorder rates have fallen in every area where the scheme operates.

“The end-of-season football festival is always one of the highlights of the Street Stuff calendar. I would encourage any local youngsters who want to play at St Mirren Park to get together with their mates and enter their team now.”

St Mirren manager Danny Lennon added: “The club is always keen to play a part in the local community and events like this are great for the youngsters.

“I’m sure we will see a great standard of football on the evening and who knows, maybe some St Mirren stars of the future will be among those taking part?”

There will be separate competitions for those aged 10-12, 13-15, and 16-18, with trophies for the winners. All those taking part will receive a goodie bag and medal.

Entry forms are available to download at More information is available by contacting Street Stuff organiser Stevie Gallagher on 07557 281581 or

Street Stuff is a partnership between Renfrewshire Council, St Mirren, Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, McGill’s Buses, Reid Kerr College and Engage Renfrewshire.

The event is being funded by Police Scotland and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.

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St Mirren Players Urge Local People To Go For Gold At Paisley 10K

If watching Team GB’s Jessica Ennis and Mo Farah cross the finish line has inspired you to don your running shoes – then why not sign up for the Paisley Vision 10k?

That’s the message from St Mirren’s manager and Renfrewshire Council’s sports bosses.

With Olympic fever currently gripping the country, many people – young and old alike – will be keen to get involved in the sporting buzz.

Councillor Iain McMillan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Community and Family Care Policy Board, said: “I think we’re all feeling the Olympic buzz at the moment and I’m certainly going to turn the inspiration of Team GB into action by taking part in this year’s Paisley 10k. There’s still plenty of time to register and remember there’s the Fun Run too, so on the day there’s really something for all the family. Don’t miss out.”

St Mirren Manager Danny Lennon added: “Paisley 10k is one of the main events in the local sporting calendar and this year’s is shaping up to be the best yet. The Olympic heroes we’ve seen on TV really have been an inspiration to us all and there’s never been a better time to get involved in sport and register for the 10k or Fun Run. You could take part with friends and family or sign up to raise money for charity.”

Danny Lennon, St Mirren players Grant Adam and Gary Teale, and local kids at St Mirren sports camp donned 10k t-shirts recently with Paisley Panda and Renfrewshire Rory also there – to spread the word about the 10k and Fun Run.

The event takes place on Sunday 26 August at 10am. Last year around 1,600 people took part. The Fun Run starts at 12.15pm.

This year runners will also raise the profile of Renfrewshire as a Fairtrade Zone by sporting Fairtrade cotton t-shirts sponsored by MEPC Hillington Park– that is also Renfrewshire’s Fairtrade Flagship employer.

The 10k’s chosen charity is British Heart Foundation and the event sponsors are Paisley Vision, MEPC Hillington Park and Renfrewshire Leisure Ltd.

Entry information

The entry fee for the 10k is £18. There’s a group discount where one free entry is offered for every five paying entries when registering online.

The entry fee for the Fun Run is £8 for adults and £6 for children under 16. The adult and child discount offers a joint entry for £12.

Scottish Athletics League members are eligible for a further £2 discount.

Enter online at