Football Tournament Launches Knife Campaign

Teenagers from all over Renfrewshire flocked to the home of St Mirren to play in a street football tournament and back the launch of a national knife crime campaign.
Hundreds of young people attended the Safer and Stronger Street Football Tournament at St Mirren Park to play in the five-a-side tournament and enjoy a host of other activities including, skateboarding, climbing walls, basketball, Renfrewshire youth bus and youth gym bus.
The event was also attended by Justice Secretary Kenny McAskill who joined members of Renfrewshire Youth Voice to launch the local No Knives Better Lives campaign on the day.
No Knives, Better Lives is a national youth engagement initiative which aims to give young people good reasons not to carry a knife, showing them that it’s not worth the risks or consequences, and helping to shape positive attitudes and influencing positive life choices by promoting diversionary activities.

Mr MacAskill said: “We are working in partnership with the council, police, schools and young people in Renfrewshire to create a very local No Knives Better Lives campaign that is tailored to the community and supporting the good work they are already doing.

“Far too many lives are lost and people injured though mindless acts of violence – often because of the knife culture that blights some communities. That is why we are working to change the culture around violence in Scotland.”

The initiative is being rolled out to Renfrewshire after a successful pilot in Inverclyde and launches in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Clackmannanshire this month.

The programme will be championed locally by Renfrewshire Youth Voice (RYV), which provides a platform for young people, aged between 14 and 25, to express their views and opinions on the issues that affect them.

On the day members of RYV ran a No Knives Better Lives stand to give out information to other young people about the campaign and encourage them to sign No Knives Better Lives pledges.
RYV are planning a year of action on No Knives Better Lives and have been raising awareness of the issues associated with knife crime at local Gala days and recently marched at the Sma’ Shot day with a No Knives Better Lives banner.
The Safer and Stronger Street Football Tournament was part of the award-winning Investing in Future diversion activity project.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Derek Mackay said: “Investing in Future has been a massive success with these activities going out to different communities every week to provide young people with fun, healthy activities to get involved in. This was the first time we’ve had an event like this where all those activities, and more, are going to be in one place and it was a massive success.”

Investing in Futures is a partnership project supported by Renfrewshire Council, Paisley Partnership Regeneration Company, St Mirren FC, Strathclyde Police, Arriva, Scottish Football Association and Ferguslie Sports Centre.

St Mirren manager Danny Lennon said: “We were delighted to host the Street Football Tournament at St Mirren Park. Since my arrival at the Club, I have heard a lot about the amount of excellent programmes that are done by St Mirren within the local community. The Street Football programme has already been given a community award and is a fantastic programme and is well known throughout the whole Renfrewshire area.
“Over the years, football skills have been developed through practice and many a quality player has come from playing street football in their youth. St Mirren FC is delighted to be heavily involved within the programme and it is only fitting that St Mirren Park hosted this tournament.

Pipe bands from across Scotland will come to Paisley to compete in the town’s first ever pipe band competition.

Bands from Paisley, Johnstone and Renfrew, will be up against competition from all over the country at the event in Paisley town centre on Saturday 24 July.

A procession of bands will play as they make their way down Paisley High Street from New Street to the cenotaph. They will then compete before judges in County Square.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Celia Lawson said: “Although Renfrewshire has a number of successful pipe bands this is the first time we have hosted a pipe band competition. The event will rather unusually take place in our historic town centre which will give it a unique atmosphere and give people an opportunity to watch the procession come through the town.

“The competition is less than a month before the World Pipe Band Championships so it’s a great warm up for the competitors and we expect to see some of Scotland’s best pipe bands playing in Paisley town centre.”

The event is supported by Paisley Vision Board and bands will compete for a Paisley Vision trophy.

The Paisley Pipe Band Competition takes place from 12pm – 4pm on Saturday 24 July.

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Bands check-in as Scotland’s latest music festival takes off…

Bands from across the country are about to check-in at Glasgow Airport for the launch of Scotland’s latest, and most unusual, music festival.

Launched on Thursday (15 July), ‘Airplay’ is Glasgow Airport’s festival of music, taking place over the next four weeks, with a prize of £1,000 for the most popular performer. It’s the first time a Scottish airport has hosted a series of summer concerts for passengers.

The Scottish gateway hopes to mirror the success of Austin Bergstrom Airport in Texas, which regularly hosts music events as part of the internationally renowned South by Southwest festival.

The competition will see 24 acts compete over a series of heats, with four acts going through to a live final on Thursday 12 August. A panel of independent judges will determine which act will be crowned Airplay winners and receive a cheque for £1,000.

Around 100 acts originally entered the competition. The remaining 24 – mostly from Scotland, with one act from Northern Ireland – will each perform three songs during a live set in front of passengers. The travelling public will get a chance to vote for their favourite acts using a specially designed webpage which can be accessed by visiting

Airport bosses have launched the festival to highlight Glasgow’s status as a UNESCO City of Music, awarded in 2008 because of the region’s rich musical heritage.

The west of Scotland has given rise to some of Scottish music’s biggest names, including Aztec Camera, Belle & Sebastian, Teenage Fanclub, Primal Scream, Deacon Blue, Del Amitri, Glasvegas, Hue and Cry, Lulu, Texas, Travis and Paolo Nutini.

Glasgow Airport’s Terminal manager Mark Johnston hopes the event could become a regular feature in the city’s music calendar.

He said: “Glasgow Airport is always looking for innovative ways to entertain its passengers, and we think Airplay is the perfect vehicle. As well as providing free entertainment for passengers, Airplay is a fantastic showcase for young, aspiring bands who will get the opportunity to perform in front of hundreds, if not thousands, of passengers from around the world.

“We have been inundated with entries from across the country, and we’re delighted that Glasgow Airport is the first in Scotland to host a music festival of this kind. If all goes well, Airplay could become a regular event during the summer months.”

The event is being supported by UNESCO City of Music, The Academy of Music and Sound, production company Artist Media Ltd, Glasgow City Marketing Bureau and Glasgow based Creation Studios.

Louise Mitchell, Director of UNESCO City of Music, said: “Glasgow has a strong and proud musical heritage and Airplay is a fantastic way to celebrate the contribution the city has made, and continues to make, to the UK music scene.”

Damian Beattie, Manager of the Academy of Music and Sound in Glasgow, added: “This is a great initiative from Glasgow Airport and we’re delighted to have played our part in bringing the idea to fruition. We see real potential in this festival becoming a regular fixture in the city’s music calendar. It will really help to cement Glasgow’s status as the UK’s music capital.”

Mark Johnston added: “This is a unique event, made possible thanks to the support and enthusiasm of our partners, particularly UNESCO City of Music and The Academy of Music and Sound. There are sounds to suit every taste and we’re sure that passengers will enjoy the festival. Hopefully it will give our international passengers a fantastic last impression of the city and of Scotland.”

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Budding young entrepreneurs taking part in an Apprentice-style competition in Renfrewshire took on a Farmers’ Market challenge this weekend.

Five teams of teenagers ran competing stalls at the Farmers’ Market in County Square on Saturday 10 July.

The team with the highest takings at the end of the day won the challenge, set by Paisley Vision Board.

The 28 young people, all fifth and sixth year pupils from Renfrewshire schools, are all taking part in The Recruit, a project run by Renfrewshire Council in partnership with local businesses and organisations over the summer.

The Recruit aims to give young people practical experience and advice on starting a career in business. The young person named as The Recruit will win an £18,000 a year job.

Renfrewshire Council Leader and Chair of Paisley Vision Board Derek Mackay, said: “The Recruit is designed to give young people real-life experience of working in business. The farmers’ market challenge will see them having to compete with each other and other stallholders to sell their produce and make money.

“Each team has to choose what products they think will sell best at the farmers’ market. They will have to get their early to set up their stall and the team with the highest takings will win.”

To add an extra twist to the challenge the stalls needed to sell Fairtrade products.

Councillor Brian Lawson, chair of the Renfrewshire Fairtrade Steering Group, went along to see how the teams got along.

Cllr Lawson said: “This is a great project and I’m delighted that it is also being used to further promote Fairtrade in Renfrewshire. Not only did customers at the farmers’ market get to opportunity to buy Fairtrade, it was also a chance to spread the Fairtrade message to the young people themselves as they were monitored on how well they promoted Fairtrade generally as well. They all did an excellent job and every stall was practically sold out.”

There will be seven business challenges in total throughout The Recruit as well as presentations and Q&A sessions with some of Scotland’s top entrepreneurs.

Participants will also cover courses in customer care, stress management, presentation skills, assessment centre and interview skills as well as raising funds for charity.

The winners of The Recruit will be those who show the most potential and display the key skills business bosses look for – leadership, communication, innovation, problem solving and determination to succeed.

The winners will be revealed at a black tie finale event on Thursday 19th August.

The Recruit Inverclyde has successfully helped 27 young people go into employment or further education in the last three years.

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The BIG Lottery Fund has identified the Renfrew West area as one of five across Scotland to benefit from the targeted Our Place programme. Through this at least £1 million pounds will be invested in projects across the community. Groups in the area are now being given their chance to get involved through a series of public meetings/events

We have a series of Consultation Events taking place throughout July and August to hear your thoughts on how the money should be spent. See the attachment for full details.

You can either drop in on one of these events or book a place in advance. Please contact Anne Keir on 0141 587 2487 or for more information.

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Street Football Tournament and Fun Day at St Mirren

Young people from all over Renfrewshire are set to pack in to St Mirren Park for a world cup style tournament and fun day later this month.

Less than a week after the World Cup final, teams of young people from Renfrewshire’s communities will take part in the Safer and Stronger Street Football Tournament.

The massive event takes place on Saturday 17 July and as well as the football there’s a whole host of activities on offer for young people.

Friends and families are also invited to come along and enjoy the huge range of entertainments on offer including street rugby, street hockey, two climbing walls, skate ramp, basketball, tennis, and a bouncy castle.

As well as these there will also be the Renfrewshire Youth Bus, Youth Gym Bus, the Box entertainment unit kitted with dance mats, and a DJ booth.

The Safer and Stronger Street Football Tournament is part of the award-winning Investing in Future diversion activity project.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Derek Mackay said: “Investing in Future has been a massive success with these activities going out to different communities every week to provide young people with fun, healthy activities to get involved in. This will be the first time we’ve had an event like this where all those activities, and more, are going to be in one place. We’re inviting young people, and their families, to come from all over Renfrewshire. You don’t have to be playing in the football tournament as there’s so much going on on the day, there is going to be something for everyone.”

Teams taking part in the football tournament have been made up from young people who take part in St Mirren’s street football programme in local communities.

St Mirren manager Danny Lennon said: “We are delighted to be hosting the Street Football Tournament here today at St Mirren Park. Since my arrival at the Club, I have heard a lot about the amount of excellent programmes that are done by St Mirren within the local community. The Street Football programme has already been given a community award and is a fantastic programme and is well known throughout the whole Renfrewshire area.
“Over the years, football skills have been developed through practice and many a quality player has come from playing street football in their youth. St Mirren FC is delighted to be heavily involved within the programme and it is only fitting that St Mirren Park hosts today’s tournament.
“I am sure everyone attending will have a great day whether playing or watching the action.”
As well as the young people the organisations involved in the project will be getting in on the act with their own mini tournament which will see teams from the police, fire service, Renfrewshire Wardens Service, and others go head to head.

The event is free to attend and kicks off at 10am at St Mirren Park, Greenhill Road, Paisley, on Saturday 17th July.

Reducing antisocial behaviour is one of the key targets of the Safer and Stronger Partnership which sees Renfrewshire Council, Paisley Partnership Regeneration Company, Strathclyde Police, Strathclyde Fire and Rescue and other organisations working together to make Renfrewshire a safer place to live, work and visit.

Investing in Futures is supported by St Mirren FC, Arriva, Scottish Football Association, Ferguslie Sports Centre.

Renfrewshire Council for Voluntary Services (RCVS) and have formed a new partnership to promote the good work being done by Renfrewshire’s charities, voluntary groups and social enterprises.

“Community Champions” is the name of the new section on the popular website that will publicise a different local charity or voluntary group each month. Each profile will provide some background on the Champion of the Month and highlight the good work they’ve been doing to make the local area a better place. New services, upcoming events and volunteering opportunities will also be featured.

Community Champions was created thanks to Councillor Kenny MacLaren talking to RCVS and about new ways of promoting local charities and voluntary groups.

Councillor Kenny MacLaren: “This is an excellent opportunity to promote worthwhile groups in Paisley. Combining RCVS’s knowledge of the local voluntary and community sector with’s excellent online presence will help to promote local groups from Paisley.

“In an era of ever reducing budgets this is an excellent example of local organisations working together to promote the best of Paisley.”

Brain McGuire, who runs, said: “We are delighted to welcome our new partners, the Renfrewshire Council for Voluntary Services. We are introducing a brand new section “Champions in our Community” – this section will highlight a different organisation in Paisley and Renfrewshire who themselves champion great and worthy causes in our area.

“We are all about promoting our town – now we also get the chance to promote local champions. It should certainly be a very exciting add on to”

Community Champions launches on Wednesday 7th July with a profile on Rainbow Turtle – they’ve had a lot of success in getting fair trade products into schools and businesses across Renfrewshire and selling such products from their shop in Paisley town centre. They have also worked hard to raise public awareness of fair trade by giving educational talks and organising special events and fundraisers, as well as playing an important part in Renfrewshire’s Fairtrade Fortnight and lobbying local and national politicians to make changes in the system of world trade for the better.

Gordon Mclean, RCVS’ Information and Communications Officer who will be working on the Community Champions section with Brian, said: “RCVS is very excited about Community Champions and the potential it has for showing everyone the incredible work all the charities, voluntary groups and social enterprises are doing across Renfrewshire. These organisations are providing an incredible range of services and opportunities that make a real difference to people’s lives and help make Renfrewshire a better place.

“One of the main aims of RCVS is to promote the good work being done in Renfrewshire’s charity and voluntary sector and so it simply makes good sense to work in partnership with to bring Community Champions to life. The website is very popular, respected and well-liked because it works hard to promote the positive side of Paisley and Renfrewshire as a whole. The new Community Champions section will enable visitors to see why local charities and voluntary groups are a vital part of the positive side and allow us to reach a whole new audience.

“RCVS is proud to be working in partnership with on Community Champions and we urge everyone to check it out and discover something new about the local area.” is a community-driven web site, ran by people who either reside in Paisley or have roots in the town, dedicated to the positive promotion of Paisley to a wider audience. They offer a wide range of information services and opportunities for citizens to engage with each other, such as a public forum, events calendar, history section, Twitter account and lots more.

RCVS is a voluntary organisation that seeks to promote the interests and the effectiveness of all local community and voluntary organisations for the greater good of Renfrewshire’s citizens. From securing funding, training staff and running events to handling payrolls, printing and the creation of promotional films, RCVS also aims to help local groups no matter what their needs are.

NSDesign Hits £1k Target for Renfrewshire Charity
THE STAFF of Hillington-based company, NSDesign, have recently been doing their bit for charity.

Managing Director of the ecommerce business, Gary Ennis, pounded the pavements at the Men’s Health Forum Scotland 10k with his colleagues and managed to raise a fantastic £1,000 for the Renfrewshire Area Heart Appeal.

Gary, Kenny Roy, Martin Sarsini and Paul Elliot all completed the course in under one hour with only a few blisters between them.

Gary said:

“This was a great challenge for the team as we are not all regular runners so were pleased to finish in one piece. We were absolutely delighted to reach our target of £1,000 for the Renfrewshire Area Heart Appeal as it is a charity very close to all of us.”

Carole Nicol, Fundraising Volunteer Manager for the British Heart Foundation Scotland said:

“I would like to say a big thank you to the team at NSDesign for sponsoring the Renfrewshire Area Heart Appeal. The vital funds they have raised will help to ensure that local people living with heart disease receive consistent, highly skilled care in the diagnosis and treatment of their condition”.

Classic Fire Engines Roll Into Town

Paisley is set to go back in time when a host of classic fire engines roll in to town later this month.

Following the success of last year’s event, Paisley welcomes back the second Fire Engine Rally and parade hosted by the Strathclyde Fire and Rescue Preservation Society.

A host of fire engines from vintage 19th century to state-of-the art modern vehicles will take to the streets of Paisley, along with other vintage emergency service appliances.

They will be lead by Kilbarchan Pipe Band from Canal Street Fire Station, along Causeyside St, St Mirren Brae, Gilmour St, and into County Square.

After the rally, all vehicles will be on display in High Street, Gilmour Street and Country Square. Music, displays and activities for all the family will also take place throughout the day.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Celia Lawson said: “Last year was the first fire engine rally in Paisley and it was a great success. This is a wonderful event and opportunity to see some of the fascinating vehicles which have been used over the years by the fire service.”

Formed around 17 years ago, the Strathclyde Fire and Rescue Preservation Society is run by volunteers who have an interest in the traditions of the fire service. Most weekends they provide fire appliances to events, open days and galas as well as supporting charitable causes.

The parade starts at 11am on Saturday 17 July, at Canal Street Fire Station.