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New dance sessions are ‘strictly Street Stuff’

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An award-winning activity programme for young people in Renfrewshire is introducing dance sessions at three more venues.

Street Stuff dance will be coming to Gallowhill Primary School, Kilbarchan Primary School and Glenburn Community Centre from September.

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Street Stuff provides evening and weekend activities diverting young people away from possible antisocial behaviour. The programme is a partnership between Renfrewshire Council, St Mirren Football Club, Engage Renfrewshire, Police Scotland and Strathclyde Fire & Rescue.

Since the programme was launched in 2009, reported incidents of youth disorder and antisocial behaviour in Renfrewshire have dropped by 75%.

Councillor Eddie Devine, convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Environmental Policy Board, said: “We introduced Street Stuff dance at St Peter’s Primary School earlier this year and it has proved very popular with up 40 youngsters a night attending.

“The Street Stuff team listen to what the boys and girls tell them about the activities they want, and that’s a big factor in the success of the programme.

“Taking the dance sessions to three more venues across Renfrewshire will mean more and more boys and girls have the opportunity to get active and do something positive with their time.”

Times for dance sessions and other Street Stuff activities can be found at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/streetstuff

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Football festival scores with Renfrewshire kids

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300 young people from across Renfrewshire scored this week with a football festival at St Mirren Park.

The boys and girls aged 10-16 were competing in a special five-a-side tournament organised by the local Street Stuff initiative and the national Bank of Scotland Midnight League.

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Street Stuff is an award-winning programme diverting young people away from possible antisocial behaviour, which has lowered youth disorder rates across Renfrewshire.

300 young people from across Renfrewshire scored this week with a football festival at St Mirren Park.

The boys and girls aged 10-16 were competing in a special five-a-side tournament organised by the local Street Stuff initiative and the national Bank of Scotland Midnight League.

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Street Stuff is an award-winning programme diverting young people away from possible antisocial behaviour, which has lowered youth disorder rates across Renfrewshire.

Bank of Scotland Midnight League is a national network of 5-a-side football supported by the Scottish Football Association (SFA). The tournament also received funding from the CashBack for Communities initiative which takes money recovered under the Proceeds of Crime Act and invests it back into community activities.

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Councillor Eddie Devine, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Environment Policy Board, said: “This was the second year we’ve brought Street Stuff and the Midnight League together and it just gets bigger and better! Both projects have a lot in common, giving young people the activities they enjoy at times when, if nothing else was available, they might be tempted into antisocial behaviour. But they also bring young people together, encouraging them to make new friends and express themselves, on and off the pitch, and that’s inspiring to see.”

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St Mirren Chief Executive Brian Caldwell said: “The club is always keen to play a part in the local community and events like this are great for the youngsters.

“The standard of football on the evening was really good and who knows, we might have seen some St Mirren stars of the future?”

An SFA spokesperson said: “We were delighted to partner with Street Stuff again. Like Street Stuff, the Midnight League project offers a comprehensive range of opportunities boys and girls to participate in five-a-side football. The finals are a great highlight for Midnight Leagues as all the participants enjoy the opportunity to play in a competitive environment within a top –class stadium in Scotland.”

Street Stuff is a partnership between Renfrewshire Council, St Mirren Football Club, Engage Renfrewshire, Police Scotland and Scottish Fire and Rescue.

A full programme of Street Stuff activities is available online at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/streetstuff.

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Street Stuff offers Easter football fun

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[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Young footballers will get the chance to show their skills at the St Mirren first team training ground this Easter.

The award-winning Street Stuff programme will host a special Spring Break Football Camp at the club’s training base at Ralston from 6 April.

Young footballers will get the chance to show their skills at the St Mirren first team training ground this Easter.

The award-winning Street Stuff programme will host a special Spring Break Football Camp at the club’s training base at Ralston from 6 April.

Boys and girls aged 10-16 can sign up for the football camp and play for free.

Street Stuff is an award-winning programme diverting young people away from possible antisocial behaviour.

The programme is a partnership between Renfrewshire Council, St Mirren Football Club, Engage Renfrewshire, Police Scotland and Strathclyde Fire & Rescue.

Brian Caldwell, Chief Executive of St Mirren FC, said: “We are delighted to assist the Street Stuff programme with this new initiative, giving kids the chance to play and be coached at our training ground at Ralston, and I am sure it will be a big success.”

Councillor Eddie Devine, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Environment Policy Board, said: “Street Stuff is getting bigger every season and just because it’s the school holidays, we don’t have to stop the Street Stuff fun.

“We had over 400 players at our festive football sessions in the airdome at St Mirren and I’m sure we’ll get lots of boys and girls signing up for the chance to play at the training ground during the Easter holidays.”

Sign-up forms are available to download at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/streetstuff or from Stevie Gallacher, Street Stuff Manager, on 07557 281581.

A full timetable of Street Stuff activities is available at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/streetstuff[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Street Stuff kids get firework safety message

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Young footballers in the popular Street Stuff programme received a timely reminder this week to ‘keep the fireworks for on the pitch’.

Police Scotland, Scottish Fire & Rescue and Renfrewshire Council all attended a Friday night Street Stuff session at St Mirren’s indoor dome to deliver important firework safety messages to the players.

Young footballers in the popular Street Stuff programme received a timely reminder this week to ‘keep the fireworks for on the pitch’.

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Police Scotland, Scottish Fire & Rescue and Renfrewshire Council all attended a Friday night Street Stuff session at St Mirren’s indoor dome to deliver important firework safety messages to the players.

Regular Street Stuff players were joined for the session by players from St Mirren’s Junior Academy and first team star Sean Kelly.

As a warm-up for the traditional Friday night game, players received an instructional talk of the dangers of misusing fireworks.

Councillor Eddie Devine, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Environment Policy Board, said: “We’re getting into fireworks season and it’s important that as many young people as possible are made aware of the risks involved in misusing them. “We’ve got some brilliant players here showing some fantastic skills and the message is to keep the fireworks on the pitch! We have a spectacular display taking place in Paisley town centre, and that’s the place to watch fireworks.

“Sessions like this are great for getting the message across because we get a captive audience at Street Stuff here for the football, and they are already aware of the risks and consequences of antisocial behaviour.

“Street Stuff is very much a partnership and it’s thanks to St Mirren, the police and the fire service that we’re able to do things like this.”

Street Stuff is an award-winning programme designed to divert young people away from antisocial behaviour and low-level offending.

More information about Street Stuff and firework safety is available at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/streetstuff[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Street Stuff kids are up for the cup

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Street Stuff kids are up for the cup

Street Stuff kids got a special treat this week when two of St Mirren’s victorious Renfrewshire Cup-winning team dropped in on a training session.

The young players got to meet Saints stars and local lads Marc MacAusland and Jason Naismith, scorer of the winner in a 1-0 victory over Greenock Morton in the annual clash.

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The surprise visit also gave the youngsters the chance to get their hands on the cup itself.

Councillor Eddie Devine, convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Environment Policy Board, said: “I was a happy man to see St Mirren win the cup and I hope it’s the first sign that we’re in for a great season.

“The football club is a huge part of the success of Street Stuff and the senior players really show their support. They are an example to the kids of what you can achieve with hard work and dedication to self-improvement.”

The award-winning Street Stuff programme is designed to divert young people away from possible antisocial behaviour and has lowered youth disorder rates across Renfrewshire.

Street Stuff is a partnership between Renfrewshire Council, St Mirren Football Club, Engage Renfrewshire, Police Scotland and Scottish Fire and Rescue.

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New coaches have the right stuff for Street Stuff

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New coaches have the right stuff for Street Stuff

An award-winning scheme which uses football to help reduce youth crime has made a few summer signings, with help from a council employment programme.

Street Stuff is a partnership between various local agencies, including Renfrewshire Council and St Mirren FC, running a number of free activities for teenagers at youth disorder hotspots.

And Street Stuff has just recruited another five coaches from a group of unemployed young people who took part in a sports coaching programme.

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The positions are being financially supported through the council’s flagship Invest in Renfrewshire programme to tackle unemployment, which offers financial support to help local businesses grow and create jobs.

A total of 13 young people took part in the 10-week sports and employability programme run by St Mirren, with funding from the SPFL Trust, which gave them an SFA football coaching qualification as well as practical work experience.

Five of them – Joe McNally, Scott Britt, David Anderson, Lauren O Donnell and Chris Burns – have been awarded full-time jobs, while the other eight will all be able to pick up sessional work with Street Stuff.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan and the council’s Street Stuff champion, Councillor Eddie Devine, attended an end-of-programme awards ceremony at St Mirren Park, where they were joined by Street Stuff staff and Saints captain Steven Thompson.

Councillor Macmillan said: “Street Stuff has been running in Renfrewshire for a few years now, and has contributed to a dramatic fall in the rate of youth disorder in the areas where it operates.

“The council has a focus on creating jobs and providing opportunities for young people through our Invest in Renfrewshire programme, and we are delighted to be able to help expand the scope of Street Stuff in this way.”

St Mirren chief executive Brian Caldwell added: “The value of these programmes is in the difference you see in the young people.

“They have come on quite a journey – you see a real change in their confidence and self-esteem over the ten weeks.”

Street Stuff is a partnership between Renfrewshire Council, St Mirren, Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and Engage Renfrewshire.

Street Stuff sessions include street football and a mobile youth club called The Box, and the summer timetable sees them take place at five locations across Renfrewshire six nights a week.

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World Cup fever hits Street Stuff

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World Cup fever hits Street Stuff

Young footballers in Renfrewshire inspired by this summer’s World Cup can compete in their own version thanks to the popular Street Stuff programme.

While the action is taking place in Brazil, Street Stuff will host its own tournament at the St Mirren Carbrini@JD airdome, with games played on Friday and Saturday nights from 13 June – 12 July.

Young people aged 10-18 can enter a seven-a-side team to compete in the tournament.

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Councillor Eddie Devine, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Environment Policy Board, said: “Street Stuff has gone from strength-to-strength and we had over 400 players at our football festival last month when we celebrated our fifth ‘season’. We also had Street Stuff players showing their skills to the crowd during half-time of the Scotland v The Netherlands under-21 match.

“The World Cup will feature the game’s superstars and I’m sure the likes of Messi and Ronaldo will inspire young people to get out there and try to emulate the skills they’ve seen.”

“It’s great watching the World Cup on the telly but it’s even better getting out there on the pitch and playing with your own team, so sign up today and maybe you can be a World Cup winner!”

Entry forms are available from Street Stuff organiser Stevie Gallacher on 07557 281581 or Stephen@saintmirren.net; or from Renfrewshire Council at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk.

The award-winning Street Stuff programme is designed to divert young people away from possible antisocial behaviour and has lowered youth disorder rates across Renfrewshire.

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Huge turnout for youth football festival

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Huge turnout for youth football festival

Hundreds of young football fanatics took part in this year’s Street Stuff football festival at St Mirren Park in Paisley.

The turnout at this year’s event has been the highest there’s ever been with over 400 kids taking part in the festival.

As well as playing on the pitch, youngsters also got the chance to meet the first team squad and the winning teams received top prizes.

 

The annual end-of-season festival is part of the hugely successful Street Stuff youth diversionary project and is supported by the Renfrewshire Council’s community safety team and a wide range of partner organisations.

A Renfrewshire Council spokesperson said “We are delighted that so many kids took part in the football festival and have made it the most successful one yet. It is always one of the highlights of the Street Stuff calendar.

“Street Stuff has been a very successful programme and has contributed to a reduction in youth disorder across Renfrewshire. Since it began in 2009 there has been a 75% fall in anti-social behaviour and youth disorder rates have fallen by 35% alone since last year.

“The scheme is a team effort with our partners who have all worked together to make it so successful. We would like to thank St Mirren for hosting this great event and for the contribution of the players and staff both in preparation of the event and on the night itself.”

The award-winning youth diversionary scheme offers a range of activities for young people around the area, such as street football, The Dome – an indoor facility with a mini gym, table tennis, football and games room – and The Box – a multi-functional activity unit used for dance mats, portable music devices and the latest gaming consoles.

Street Stuff is a partnership between Renfrewshire Council, St Mirren Football Club, Scottish Football Association, Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and Engage Renfrewshire.

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Award-winning activities for young people kick off the new year

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Award-winning activities for young people kick off the new year.

Young people in Renfrewshire can kick start the new year with FREE evening activities taking place across the area as part of the award-winning Street Stuff programme.

Street Stuff will be running sessions on Monday to Saturday evenings providing young people aged between 10 and 18 with a range of free activities including Street Football with coaches from St Mirren FC and The Box multi-purpose activity space among others.

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There will also be activities taking place in the fantastic Carbrini@JD Airdome facility at St Mirren Park.

Councillor Eddie Devine, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Environment Policy Board, said: “The Christmas holidays may be over but there’s still plenty of fun to be had for young people in Renfrewshire thanks to the Street Stuff programme .

“These sessions are a great way for young people to get out and have fun in a healthy, positive environment with access to high quality facilities and top class coaching from St Mirren Football Club. The new timetable has activities running in lots of locations across the area which I’m sure will be as popular as ever.”

Street Stuff is a diversionary project providing young people with an opportunity to have fun, get fit and active and meet other people their age.

The new timetable will run from January to March with activities taking place in Gallowhill, Linwood, Bargarran, Foxbar, Shortroods, Ferguslie, Johnstone and St Mirren Park.

Street Stuff sessions will take place on

Mondays 6.30pm-9.30pm at:
·       Our Lady of Peace Primary School , Linwood,
·       Shortroods MUGA, Paisley,
·       Johnstone Castle Top Spot, Johnstone

Tuesdays 6.30pm -9.30pm at:
·       Gallowhill Community Centre MUGA, Paisley
·       Our Lady of Peace Primary School, Linwood
·       Amochrie Road MUGA, Foxbar, Paisley
·       Ferguslie MUGA, Paisley,
·       Johnstone McMaster Centre MUGA, Johnstone

Wednesdays 6.30pm – 9.30pm at:
·       Gallowhill Community Centre MUGA, Paisley
·       Bargarran MUGA, Erskine
·       Brediland Road, near Esk Drive, Foxbar, Paisley
·       Ferguslie MUGA, Paisley

Thursdays 6.30pm – 9.30pm at:
·       Ferguslie MUGA, Paisley
·       Johnstone McMaster Centre, Johnstone

Fridays 6.30pm -9.30pm at:
·       Gallowhill Community Centre MUGA, Paisley
·       Bargarran MUGA, Erskine
·       Brediland Road, near Esk Drive, Foxbar, Paisley
·       Johnstone Castle Top Spot, Johnstone
·       SMFC Carbrinin@JD Airdome, Paisley

Saturdays 5.30pm -8.30pm at:
·       Gallowhill Community Centre MUGA, Paisley
·       Bargarran MUGA, Erskine
·       Brediland Road, near Esk Drive, Foxbar, Paisley
·       Johnstone Castle Top Spot, Johnstone
·       SMFC Carbrinin@JD Airdome, Paisley

Street Stuff is run in partnership with Renfrewshire Council, Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Engage Renfrewshire and St Mirren Football Club.

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Hundreds turn out for Street Stuff football festival

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Hundreds turn out for Street Stuff football festival

Hundreds of youngsters from Renfrewshire’s award-winning Street Stuff youth diversionary project took to the turf of St Mirren Park for a festival of football.

Boys and girls aged from 10 to 18 from throughout Renfrewshire descended on the stadium to compete for glory during the annual end-of-season tournament.

Street Stuff is a partnership between various organisations, including Renfrewshire Council and St Mirren, which provides activities for young people at various locations in Renfrewshire.

The programme includes street football with coaching from St Mirren and mobile youth activities with computer games, and has helped reduce youth disorder in each of the areas where it operates.

Around 300 youngsters from 53 teams took part in the five-a-side football contest, with separate sections for the 10-12, 13-15 and 16-18 age groups.

Action took place on the pitch, as well as in the new indoor covered Dome behind the stadium, which was recently opened for business by St Mirren.

The event was funded by Police Scotland and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, who are also partners in the Street Stuff initiative.

Councillor Eddie Devine, Renfrewshire Council’s Street Stuff Champion was there on the night to present prizes to the winning teams.

He said: “Once again, the Street Stuff football festival was well attended and proved to be a great success.

“The scheme has rightly been recognised at a national level for the work it has done to reduce youth disorder by giving kids something positive to do in the evenings.

“I’m sure Street Stuff activities will continue to be popular over the summer holidays and I would urge any kids looking for something to keep them occupied to check out what is on offer in their area.”

St Mirren chief executive Brian Caldwell said: “We are a community club and it is important to us to be involved in schemes like this, and offer something to local youngsters.

“We were delighted the end of the first-team’s season allowed us to be able to open up our doors and give so many youngsters the chance to play on the pitch and in the dome at St Mirren Park.

“Going by the size of the crowd there on the night, we are sure they enjoyed the experience.”

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

The latest Street Stuff timetable can be viewed online at www.activerenfrewshire.com