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SPL Awards Show Scheme Has Right Stuff

Renfrewshire’s award-winning Street Stuff scheme has been honoured at Scotland’s most prestigious footballing awards ceremony – for the second year in a row.

The Street Stuff team picked up the trophy for Best Community Initiative for their Kick and Collect programme at the Clydesdale Bank Premier League Awards 2012.

Street Stuff is a youth diversionary scheme run by partners including St Mirren and Renfrewshire Council which has helped reduce youth crime by offering activities such as street football.

This week’s success means the programme has now won 11 different awards since it kicked off in 2009 – meaning it now has its own football team worth of honours.

Kick and Collect is a programme run by Street Stuff which sees youngsters given tickets for days out as a reward for taking part in voluntary work in the community.

Over the past year, young people have taken part in work around Renfrewshire such as litter-pick-ups, as part of the council’s Clean Renfrewshire campaign, plus painting and graffiti cleaning.

In return, they have earned prizes including St Mirren tickets and fun days out at places such as paintball and Xscape at Braehead.

Street Stuff was named the Best Community Initiative award at last year’s SPL awards for its work in reducing youth-related anti-social behaviour in the area.

The glittering black-tie ceremony at Glasgow’s Hilton Hotel on Tuesday saw Street Stuff representatives rub shoulders with the stars of Scottish football.

And the evening marked a double celebration for St Mirren, who also lifted the Clydesdale Bank Family Champions Award for the quality of matchday experience offered to families at St Mirren Park.

St Mirren general manager Brian Caldwell said: “Winning this award is well-deserved recognition for our community coaches and partners as a lot of time and hard work goes into this.

“With Kick and Collect, we are helping youngsters to have more pride in themselves and their community, which is a win-win situation for everybody.”

Alan McNiven, chief executive of Engage Renfrewshire, and chair of the Street Stuff Management Group, said: “It is fantastic the Kick and Collect programme has received this prestigious national award.

“Renfrewshire is leading the way in this type of youth engagement, and many other local authority areas have approached the team to find out why we have been so successful.

“The joint working of the partners and the high-quality delivery of the Street Stuff coaching staff have been key to that success.”

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

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. The Street Stuff timetable for the next two months can be viewed at

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Street Stuff Kids To Show Olympic Spirit

Youngsters from Renfrewshire’s award-winning Street Stuff youth diversion project will go for gold when they take part in a special Olympic-themed event next month.

The young people will take to the field at St Mirren Park to compete in a multi-sports event modelled on the upcoming summer extravaganza in London.

The event, on Sunday 6 May, is free to enter and is open to anyone aged between 10 and 18. Registration for the event will take place at the stadium on the day.

Those attending will be able to take part in football, hockey, rugby, short tennis, archery, foam javelin, long jump, triple jump, shot put, 60m sprint and a ‘marathon’.

A similar – football-only – event was held last year, but organisers hope the multi-sport offering will give the young people a chance to get involved in something different, while making them feel part of the Olympics when they arrive.

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.

St Mirren manager Danny Lennon said: “The Street Stuff project carries out some great work in communities across Renfrewshire, and we at the club are delighted to help support it.

“I’m sure the young people will be thrilled to get the chance to step out on to the hallowed turf of St Mirren Park and show off their skills in football and other sports.”

Alan McNiven, chief executive of Engage Renfrewshire, the area’s voluntary sector interface, which is helping to provide volunteers to run the activities, added: “Street Stuff has helped thousands of young people across Renfrewshire become involved in sport, cultural activities and volunteering.
“Great credit goes to the young people who volunteer their time to support the Street Stuff team throughout the year.

“Many of them benefit from being recognised through the National Saltire Awards scheme and I’m sure the skills they learn will help them on their road to employment.”

The activities offered as part of Street Stuff include football with coaching from St Mirren and The Box – a multi-functional activity unit with dance mats and DJ workshops.

The timetable for activities over the next few months can be viewed at

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.


St Mirren 10000 Hours Campaign – Updates For The Weekend

The 1000 Hours Campaign have a few things they would like you to consider this weekend.

First, you can now look at the First Draft of the Articles of the CIC online at and make comments on the forum. Please Read the notes and others posts also.

Second, If you have pledged but not yet returned your Direct Debit and your Membership form then now is your chance. They are close to having enough pledges but these Pledges need to turned into returned forms. No money will be taken at this stage. Forms can be found here

Finally it is a home game this weekend (three points please Mr Lennon!) so this is your chance to ask the folk beside you and around you if they have Pledged their support.

10000 Hours are close to making Community ownership and Fan Governance a reality for the Club, but they are not there yet, so please do encourage all of those you have contact with to sign up this weekend.


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St Mirren v Dunfermline SPL Preview November 2011

St Mirren

After the International break Saints get down to business and welcome Dunfermline on their first visit to our new ground. With a handful of ex-saints in the ranks it will not be a new experience for some of their squad.

Saints have McGregor, Mooy & Murray still missing whilst Dunfermline have Dowie, Hardie, Cardle & Barrowman absent. Saints will hope to have better luck this time after the 0-0 draw the sides had in the first game of the season.

A midweek ‘closed doors’ against Motherwell gave some of the fringe players a chance to stake a claim and Shuggie Murray managed 60 minutes on his road back to full fitness. Plenty of tickets still available at the ticket office right up until kick off so give the Xmas shopping a miss and come down and roar on the team to hopefully another 3 points. Read more

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St Johnstone v St Mirren SPL Preview

St Mirren

Saints make the trip to Perth looking for a boost after 2 losses in the space of a week. Danny will surely be looking to give some of the fringe players a try to lift morale. Murray, McGregor & Mooy are the only absentees this week and St Johnstone are only missing Davidson & Parkin. St Johnstone are still looking for a manager after Derek McInnes headed for Bristol, and are being managed in the short term by Cleland & Morris. Let’s hope the boys can raise their game and bring back the 3 points. Read more

Hibs vs Saints Match report FT 1-2

St Mirren

Danny Lennon got his wish and must be in the running for manager of the month after his St Mirren side bounced back from a slim defeat last week to come from behind at Easter Road.

Gary O’Connor had put Hibs ahead in the 24th minute with a powerful shot across the St Mirren goal leaving Samson helpless. St Mirren fortunately got back into the match in the 41st minute due to an unfortunate error by Calum Booth. Ex Cardiff and Rangers striker Stephen Thompson slotted the ball home after Jeroen Tesselaar had raced in on goal and slipped the ball into ‘Thommo’s’ path.

Worse was to come for the hosts when Palsson dwelled on the ball and was robbed of possession by Tesselaar who threaded the ball through to the other Thomson running from midfield, who’s finishing was clinical.

Hibs seemed stunned to go in at half time behind and in the 2nd half relied on Ivan Sproule too much. St Mirren continued the game in the second half just as positively as they had finished the first half with Gary Teale pushing up beside Thompson in attack.

The Saints did tire towards the end of the game but Hibs could not capitalise on this and St Mirren return to Paisley with 3 points in the bag which, come end of the season, may prove valuable.

Hibernian 1-2 St Mirren FT (HT 1-2) O’Connor 25; Thompson 42: Thomson 45+1

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St Mirren welcome Motherwell

St Mirren

St Mirren welcome Motherwell and Michael Higdon to St Mirren Park this week. Big Higgy still goaless for the season and hopefully this continues for this game.

Saints had a blow to deal with this week with last seasons player of the year Darren McGregor out for most of the season with ligament trouble, we wish Dazza a speedy recovery.

Marc McAusland expected to take McGregor”s place in the line up this week and with Nigel Hasselbaink suspended for 2 games it will be a different attacking partnership for Danny this week. Aaron Moy,David Barron & Hugh Murray all expected to be absent this week as well which will mean that Saints will have a lot of youth players on the bench. Read more

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John Hillcoat Goalkeeping Academy 2011

The school holidays are almost upon us and we all know what that means for the kids….boredom! But hopefully the Academy’s 5 day summer camp will help burn up some of their energy.

The camp will run Mon-Fri and will incorporate all age groups. I will run a morning session for the younger keepers and an afternoon session for the older ones. Last year’s camp was made that little bit special when St Mirren Goalie Paul Gallacher, Killie keeper Alan Combe, Buddies legend Campbell Money and St Johnstone hit men Jody Morris and Chris Miller popped in and spent the afternoon signing autographs and answering questions from the participants.

Hopefully I can persuade other S.P.L stars to pop in this year for a wee game of beat the goalie with the boys! Drinks will be provided for all participants. Allocation of places is on a first come first serve basis. Places can be booked in advance. Please note that discounts apply for group bookings i.e, siblings/boys clubs etc. Details as follows:
Dates: Mon 25th – Fri 29th July
Session times: 10am—1pm
(age group 8-12),
(age group 13-16)

Cost: £60 for the week

Venue: Harmony Row, Field Turf Pitches,