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DOORS OPEN – SATURDAY 7TH SEPTEMBER

Brediland Allotments

Cardell Drive, Paisley PA2 9EJ

11:00am – 3:00pm

 

Butterfly Room
10a Lady Lane, Paisley

10:00am – 5:00pm

 

Castle Semple Visitor Centre

Lochlip Road, Lochwinnoch PA12 4EA

10:00am–5:00pm

Castle Semple Country Park

Diane Mitchell Music School

Brick Lane Studios, 7 – 9 Weir Street, Paisley PA3 4DW

10:00am – 4:00pm

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Doors Open Day, Limo Style!

J&W Goudie, 10 – 12 Maxwellton Street, Paisley PA1 2UA

10:00am – 1:00pm

 

Erskine Community Allotments

Barhill Road, Erskine PA8 6BX

10:30am – 4:00pm

 

Fountain Gardens

Love Street, Paisley PA3 2DZ

11:00am – 5:00pm

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Heritage Centre

Unit 907, Abbey Mill Business Centre, 12 Seedhill Road, Paisley PA1 1JS

9:00am – 5:00pm

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Holy Trinity & St Barnabas Church

Back Sneddon St, Paisley PA3 2AG

10:00am – 4:00pm

Holy Trinity and St Barnabas

Houston & Killellan Kirk

Kirk Road, Houston PA6 7AR

10:00am – 4:00pm

 

Inchinnan Parish Church

Old Greenock Road, Inchinnan PA4 9PH

10:00am – 4:00pm (All Hallows Graveyard 11am – 4pm)

 

John Neilson Institution

Oakshaw Street West, Paisley PA1 2DE

10:30am – 3:30pm

Greek philosopher Diogenes

Johnstone Community Sports Hub

Beith Road, Johnstone PA5 0JA

 9:00am – 5:00pm

 

Johnstone History Museum

Inside Morrisons, Napier Street, Johnstone PA5 8SF

10.30am – 4:00pm

 

Johnstone Community Fire Station

Kings Road, Johnstone PA5 9HW

10:00am – 6:00pm

 

Johnstone Town Hall

25 Church Street, Johnstone PA5 8FA

9:00am – 1.30pm

Lagoon Leisure Centre

11 Christie Street, Paisley PA1 1NB

9:00am – 5:00pm

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Lamont Farm Project

Barhill Road, Erskine PA8 6BU

10:00am – 4:00pm

 

RSPB Lochwinnoch

Largs Road, Lochwinnoch PA12 4JF

10:00am–5:00pm

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Oakshaw Trinity Church

Oakshaw Street East, Paisley PA1 2DD

10:30am – 3:00pm

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On-X Linwood

Brediland Road, Linwood PA3 3RA

9:00am–5:00pm

Paisley Florist Society Gardening Club

St Mirin’s Cathedral Halls, Incle Street, Paisley PA1 1HR

1:00pm – 4:00pm

 

Paisley Methodist Central Hall with Paisley Photographic Society

7 – Gauze Street, Paisley PA1 1EP

11:00am – 4:00pm

Paisley Methodist Central Hall

Paisley Abbey

Abbey Close, Paisley PA1 1JG

10:00am – 4:00pm

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Paisley Art Institute 131st Annual Exhibition

Unit 43A & 54, The Piazza, Central Way, Paisley, PA1 1EL

11.30am – 5.30pm

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Paisley Arts Centre

New Street, Paisley PA1 1EZ

10:00am – 4:00pm

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Paisley: The Secret Collection

9 High Street, Paisley PA1 2AE

11:00am – 3:00pm (last admission 2.45pm)

 

Paisley Sheriff Court

St James Street, Paisley PA3 2HW

10:00am – 4:00pm

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Paisley Sheriff Court by Anne McNair

Paisley Thread Mill Museum

Abbey Mill Business Centre, 12 Seedhill Road, Paisley PA1 1JS

10:00am – 4:00pm

 

Renfrew Association of Growers and Gardeners

84 Broadloan Gardens, Broadloan, Renfrew PA4 0BY

10:00am – 4:00pm

 

Renfrew Leisure Centre

Paisley Road, Renfrew PA4 8LJ

9:00am – 5:00pm

 

Renfrew North Parish Church

14 Renfield Street, Renfrew PA4 8TT

10:00am – 1:00pm

 

Renfrew Police Office

Station Road, Renfrew PA4 8RP

10:00am – 4:00pm

 

Renfrew Town Hall

Hairst Street, Renfrew PA4 8PF

10:00am – 4:00pm

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Renfrewshire Council Chambers

Renfrewshire House, Cotton Street, Paisley PA1 1TR

11:00am – 1:00pm

 

Renfrewshire Witch Hunt Experience

30a High Street, Paisley PA1 2AS

10:00am – 5:00pm

 

Russell Institute

30 Causeyside Street, Paisley PA1 1UN

10:00am – 4:00pm

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Sma’ Shot Cottages

2 Sma’ Shot Lane, Paisley PA1 2HG

12:00pm – 4:00pm

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Stanely House – Youth with a Mission

14 Stanely Crescent, Paisley PA2 9LF

10:00am – 4:00pm

 

St Machar’s Ranfurly Church

1 Kilbarchan Road, Bridge of Weir PA11 3EG

10:00am–4:00pm

 

St Margaret’s Scottish Episcopal Church

Oxford Road, Renfrew PA4 0SJ

10:00am – 4:00pm

 

St Matthew’s Church

Gordon Street, Paisley PA1 1XL

10:00am – 4:00pm

 

St Mirin’s Cathedral

Incle Street, Paisley PA1 1HR

7:00am – 7:00pm

Tannahill’s Cottage

Queen Street, Paisley PA1 1TT

11:00am – 3:00pm

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Thomas Coats Memorial Church

High Street, Paisley PA1 2BA

12:00pm – 4:00pm

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Trinity Church Scotland

13 Paisley Road, Renfrew PA4 8HJ

10:00am–3:00pm

 

University of West Scotland

UWS Gardner Building, George Street, Paisley, PA1 2BE

11:00am – 4:00pm

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Wallneuk North Church

Abercorn Street, Paisley PA3 4AB

10:00am – 12:00pm

 

West End Community Centre

5a Underwood Lane, Paisley PA1 2SL

2:00pm – 6:00pm

 

DOORS OPEN – SUNDAY 8TH SEPTEMBER

 

Castle Semple Visitor Centre

Lochlip Road, Lochwinnoch PA12 4EA

10:00am–5:00pm

 

Diane Mitchell Music School

Brick Lane Studios, 7 – 9 Weir Street, Paisley PA3 4DW

12:00pm – 4:00pm

 

Grow in Glenburn

Glenpark, Glenfield Road, Paisley PA2 8TY

11:00am – 4:00pm

 

Houston & Killellan Kirk

Kirk Road, Houston PA6 7AR

1:00pm – 4:00pm

 

Johnstone Community Sports Hub

Beith Road, Johnstone PA5 0JA

9:00am – 5:00pm

 

Johnstone History Museum

Inside Morrisons, Napier Street, Johnstone PA5 8SF

10.30am – 4:00pm

 

Johnstone Credit Union

26 Church Street, Johnstone PA5 8DU

11:00am – 2:00pm

 

Johnstone High Parish Church

Ludovic Square, Johnstone PA5 8EE

10.30am – 2:00pm

 

Lagoon Leisure Centre

11 Christie Street, Paisley PA1 1NB

 9:00am – 5:00pm

 

Kilbarchan Parish Church

Steeple Square, Kilbarchan PA10 2JD

12.30pm – 4:00pm

 

On-X Linwood

Brediland Road, Linwood PA3 3RA

9:00am–5:00pm

 

PACE Youth Theatre

Spires Drama Studios, School Wynd, Paisley PA1 2DA

11:00am – 4:00pm

 

Paisley Abbey

Abbey Close, Paisley PA1 1JG

12.30pm – 3.45pm

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Paisley Art Institute 131st Annual Exhibition

Unit 43A & 54, The Piazza, Central Way, Paisley, PA1 1EL

12:00pm – 5:00pm

 

Paisley Arts Centre

New Street, Paisley PA1 1EZ

10:00am – 4:00pm

 

Paisley: The Secret Collection

9 High Street, Paisley PA1 2AE

11:00am – 3:00pm (last admission 2.45pm)

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Renfrew Association of Growers and Gardeners

84 Broadloan Gardens, Broadloan, Renfrew PA4 0BY

10:00am – 4:00pm

 

Renfrew Fire Station

123 Paisley Road, Renfrew PA4 8LJ

9:00am – 4:00pm

 

Renfrew Leisure Centre

Paisley Road, Renfrew PA4 8LJ

9:00am – 5:00pm

 

Renfrewshire Witch Hunt Experience

30a High Street, Paisley PA1 2AS

10:00am – 5:00pm

 

RSPB Lochwinnoch

Largs Road, Lochwinnoch PA12 4JF

10:00am–5:00pm

 

Russell Institute

30 Causeyside Street, Paisley PA1 1UN

10:00am – 4:00pm

 

St Mary’s Scottish Episcopal Church

Johnstone Road, Bridge of Weir PA11 3EE

2:00pm – 4:00pm

 

St Matthew’s Church

Gordon Street, Paisley PA1 1XL

11:00am – 3:00pm

 

St Mirin’s Cathedral

Incle Street, Paisley PA1 1HR

7:00am – 6:00pm

 

Thomas Coats Memorial Church

High Street, Paisley PA1 2BA

12:00pm – 4:00pm

 

Weaver’s Cottage

The Cross, Kilbarchan PA10 2JG

1:00pm – 5:00pm

 

Wellmeadow Bowling Club

Argyle Street, Paisley PA1 2ER

11:00am – 6:00pm

 

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We’re one of the best-connected towns in Scotland. Paisley is less than 15 minutes from Glasgow on Train, just off the M8 and A737 as well as great bus links to most venues, whats stopping you.

 

St. Mirren needed the Premiership playoffs last season to save their top-flight status. After finishing 11th in the Scottish Premiership, the Saints overcame Scottish Championship team Dundee United to preserve their place in the division. Now, after that dramatic penalty shootout wins, according to hardbonuscode.co.uk St. Mirren have started the new season in the top flight. Yet, the Saints haven’t got off to the start they had hoped for.  if you are a St. Mirren football fan in Scotland, you can wager on the Saints every matchday in the Scottish Premiership by entering this exclusive Totesport Promo Code. 

After three games of Scottish Premiership play, St Mirren sits eighth in the table with three points from nine possible. A loss to Hibernian and Rangers were close-run affairs. Meanwhile, a home 1-0 win over Aberdeen was a solid result from the Saints. 

Now, St. Mirren have plenty of room for improvement with winnable matches on the horizon.

Goodwin can be a fine coach at St. Mirren

Former Saints player Jim Goodwin took over the squad in the summer following the departure of Oran Kearney. The manager added 10 players to the St. Mirren squad ahead of their loss to Rangers over the weekend.

Although the attack has only scored one goal in three matches, Goodwin’s defense has received praise for conceding twice in 270-plus minutes of football. Rangers’ goal in game week 3 came from a moment of brilliance as Borna Barisic’s free-kick landed in the back of the net from an unlikely distance.

Goodwin was always on a tough road at St. Mirren this season. The player turnover and the loss of first-team coach Jimmy Nicholl, who left to coach at Dundee, were frustrating. The manager has had a lot of work to sift through since his arrival. 

Can Morias fill the goalscoring void?

St. Mirren scored 34 goals in 2018-19, which was the third-fewest of any team in the Scottish Premiership. Goodwin has attempted to rectify the Saints’ goalscoring problems by signing three forwards. 

Tony Andreu arrived from Coventry City, Jonathan Obika joined from Oxford United, and most recently, Junior Morias was added from Northampton Town. Morias is perhaps the most exciting of the three. Even Goodwin described his signing as “very lucky”. 

Morias spent time in the Fulham and Wycombe Wanderer’s youth systems before moving onto an assortment of lower league and non-league teams. In 2017, he popped up at Peterborough United scoring 10 goals in 45 matches. As is the case with many footballers, Morias was a casualty of a new manager taking over the squad in 2018. He went on to spend one season at Northampton Town where he scored six times in 19 League Two matches.

At only 24, Morias is a solid forward St. Mirren were shrewdly able to sign. Although Morias hasn’t got off the mark yet, Goodwin knows the striker’s quality should shine through as the season wears on. 

St. Mirren have plenty of room for improvement. With Morias and the other nine players signed thus far, the Saints should ease their way away from relegation.

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As recently as the middle of June, Oran Kearney was outlining plans for the 2019-20 season with St Mirren. While also lamenting the departure of vastly experienced assistant Jimmy Nicholl from his backroom staff, there was still plenty of optimism about new signings and for a positive campaign in the Scottish Premiership.

However, less than a fortnight later, he was gone. The decision surrounding his exit was by “mutual consent” according to the briefest of statements issued by the club, leaving fans wondering what was going on behind the scenes and in the offices at St Mirren Park, fearful the new campaign might end up being a shambles before it had even begun.

Kearney Fallout and Goodwin Arrival

Part of pre-season training had been scheduled to take place in Northern Ireland, with friendly matches arranged against Kearney’s former club, Coleraine, along with a warm-up fixture against Belfast side, Rosario FC. Always keen to keep informed with the latest club news, Buddies fans already suspecting something was amiss when the Coleraine match was hastily cancelled. Just 24 hours later, the club also announced that Kearney had left and several days later, he was re-appointed as Coleraine boss.

The game against Rosario FC still went ahead in Belfast, while former Buddies favourite Jim Goodwin was promptly announced as the new St Mirren manager, suggesting the club had been planning for the departure of Kearney all along. The return of the former Saints captain, following a successful period as player-manager at Alloa Athletic, was greeted by an overwhelmingly positive reaction from long-suffering fans. To this day, he remains more popular with fans that even some of the most famous people with Paisley roots.

Despite all the previous uncertainty, at least the team could depart for the next leg of pre-season training in Spain with a little more confidence, now that Goodwin was installed at the helm. The week spent training at the top-class facilities of the Pinatar Arena in Murcia was time well spent, as the new manager put the team through their paces. Spirits weren’t even dampened by a 2-0 friendly defeat against English League One side, Peterborough United.

Eventually, St Mirren chairman Gordon Scott lifted the lid on circumstances surrounding the departure of Kearney, in a revealing Press Association interview published by the Daily Record. He assured that Kearney’s exit was something the club had planned for, given the former Saints gaffer had either wanted to commute daily from Northern Ireland, or return there permanently due to family commitments. This didn’t greatly affect plans for the new season, according to Scott.

Building Around the New Boss

St Mirren chief Scott has already admitted the club is “not quite where we want to be” in terms of new signings, although he expects that situation to change following the appointment of Goodwin, who will now be working to shape the squad to suit his own tactical and technical preferences. Nevertheless, a huge overhaul will be required to replace the host of players who spent last season on loan in Paisley, with no fewer than nine having returned to their parent clubs.

As such, expectations for the season to come are humble at best. Ahead of the first competitive League Cup action in July, Betway have St Mirren priced at 2/1 as relegation candidates, which means that Goodwin undoubtedly faces a tough task in the Scottish Premiership, if he’s to keep the team afloat and above the drop zone. Only newly promoted Ross County have shorter odds in the relegation stakes.

French midfielder Tony Andreu became Goodwin’s first signing at St Mirren, convincing the player to join on a free transfer from Coventry City, following the expiry of his contract with the English side. The 31-year-old will need to settle into his new Paisley surroundings as quickly as possible, as the new season fast approaches.

The only other new arrival was that of goalkeeper, Dean Lyness, who returned to St Mirren at the end of June on a two-year deal, having departed for Raith Rovers in September 2018. The current squad list has been bolstered from within by players from the youth system, and while Goodwin has stated a desire for stability at the club, additional new signings will be required if St Mirren are to meet their objectives this season.

Scotland stars Erin Cuthbert (l) and Jo Love (r) join U19s Coach Pauline Hamill and Captain Amy Muir to promote the tournament
  • KIDS TICKETS START FROM AS LITTLE AS £1 WITH SCOTLAND’S FUTURE HEROES SET TO STAR

 

Scotland will play host to the 18th UEFA Women’s Under-19 Championship this July with the tournament offering a great football experience for all the family.

Scotland stars Erin Cuthbert (l) and Jo Love (r) join U19s Coach Pauline Hamill and Captain Amy Muir to promote the tournament

Staged across four host venues between 16 – 28 July 2019, the tournament will see the future heroes of women’s football compete to be crowned champions of Europe – with tickets starting from just £2 for adults and £1 for kids.

 

Seven other European nations – Belgium, England, France, Germany, Netherlands Norway, and reigning champions Spain – join Scotland as hosts with matches taking place at Forthbank Stadium (Stirling), McDiarmid Park (Perth), Firhill (Glasgow) and St Mirren Park (Paisley).

Women's World Cup star Erin Cuthbert has given her backing to the tournament having previously graduated from Scotland's U19 set-up

Scotland start their campaign against France on Tuesday, 16 July, before taking on Norway (Friday, 19 July) and Netherlands (Monday, 22 July) to complete Group A. The winner and runner-up from each group will progress to the Semi Finals, with the final at St Mirren Park on Sunday, 28 July.

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The tournament offers the perfect opportunity for families and those looking to experience live football for the first time, to enjoy high quality action at family-friendly prices. Group stage matches are priced at £2 for adults and £1 for concessions with the Semi-finals and Final priced at £5 & £2 respectively.

Scotland’s matches will also see the inclusion of a family fanzone, with inflatables, face painting and giveaways to keep all the family entertained pre-match.

 

Tickets are available now via www.scottishfa.co.uk/wu19euro 

 

About the UEFA Women’s Under-19 European Championship

The Tournament runs from 16 – 28 July 2019 and consists of eight Nations:- Belgium, England, France, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Scotland (hosts) & Spain (holders).   

The matches will be played at McDiarmid Park (Perth) Forthbank Stadium (Stirling), Firhill (Glasgow), with the opening match & final taking place at St Mirren Park (Paisley). 

The finals will act as UEFA’s qualifier for the 2020 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.

 

UEFA Women’s Under-19 Championship Fixture Schedule

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Visit:-  www.scottishfa.co.uk/wu19euro

street stuff

Schools may stop for summer, but the award-winning Street Stuff programme doesn’t – and young people are being invited to take part in six weeks of activities across Renfrewshire.

Football and the Street Stuff Youth Bus are just some of the activities on offer for young people as part of a drive to keep them active over the holiday period.

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All the activities are provided for free, including a healthy meal for all attendees, and will take place at Gleniffer High School, Knockhill Park, Our Lady of Peace Primary and St Mirren’s Airdome

The programme is suitable for young people aged 8 and over and consent forms should be filled out in advance where possible, although they will be available at the first session attended.

Outside of the afternoon clubs, Street Stuff’s six days a week, all-year-round timetable will continue to run at venues across Renfrewshire with evening sessions available for dance, football and the Youth Bus.

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Stevie Gallacher, Street Stuff Manager, said: “We can’t wait to welcome hundreds of young people to our activities over the summer holidays.

“While you might expect every young person to be desperate to finish up, we know there are others who aren’t so eager to spend six weeks out of school, so we strive to provide a friendly, welcoming place to come along to each day.

“Our coaches and volunteers do a fantastic job making each activity exciting and it’s great to see how much the young people enjoy being a part of the Street Stuff family.”

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Street Stuff is a diversionary project run in partnership between Renfrewshire Council, Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Engage Renfrewshire and St Mirren Football Club, and has contributed to a sustained reduction of 65 percent in youth disorder and anti-social behaviour in Renfrewshire.

The programme is celebrating 10 years in the community having been established in 2009 and a series of events are being held throughout the year to celebrate the past decade, with a recent football festival at St Mirren FC’s stadium attracting more than 170 young people to play on the pitch.

Councillor Marie McGurk, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Communities, Housing and Planning Policy Board, said: “The Street Stuff programme saw more than 6000 young people take part over the summer holidays last year and we recognise the importance of offering this opportunity for those who need it.

“We’re committed to providing sport and exercise opportunities for all our young people and these summer clubs are a chance for them to get active and make new friends in the process.

“With the added bonus that it’s all for free, what’s stopping them going every day and having the summer of their lives!”

Outside of the holiday programmes, Street Stuff runs six days a week, all-year-round, at venues across Renfrewshire and young people aged 8 to 16 are encouraged to turn up and take part for free.

For more information, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/summerclubs or follow @SMFCStreetStuff on Facebook and Twitter.

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STREET STUFFTHE SIMPLE DIGITAL ARENA - PAISLEY

Renfrewshire’s next generation of footballers have sampled life as a professional after taking to the pitch at the Simple Digital Arena, home of St Mirren Football Club.

Part of the celebrations to mark popular youth programme Street Stuff’s ten-year anniversary, aspiring footballers crossed the white line to take part in a five-a-side festival of football.

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More than 170 young people took part as they seized the chance to emulate their heroes on the hallowed turf, with more than 200 spectators creating the matchday atmosphere.

The event was put on for free for all Street Stuff participants, aged 8-16, by the team and a number of volunteers including Police Scotland Youth Volunteers, Engage Renfrewshire and the No Knives Better Lives campaign.

Stevie Gallacher, Street Stuff Manager, said: “We’re delighted to give our young people the opportunity to play on the pitch at the stadium and hopefully it inspires them to work towards doing it for real in the future.

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“Even if they aren’t the next players to pull on the black and white stripes, the opportunity for some of our young people to have this experience is so worthwhile and something they may never otherwise had the chance to do.

“Through Street Stuff, we aim to give all young people in Renfrewshire, regardless of their background, the chance to take part in sport and exercise, as well as giving them a place to feel safe and make new friends.”

Since its inception in 2009, Street Stuff has seen more than 200,000 young people come through its doors, each having the opportunity to take part in sport, make new friends and engage in social activities.

Street Stuff provides activities such as football, dance and gaming six days a week, as well as hosting four holiday camps throughout the year where a healthy meal is provided to each young person who attends – with more than 26,000 healthy meals provided in the last four years.

A firm fixture of the community for a decade, the programme has contributed to a sustained reduction of 65% in reported youth disorder and anti-social behaviour in Renfrewshire.

Councillor Marie McGurk, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Communities, Housing and Planning Policy Board, said: “The Street Stuff programme continues to go from strength to strength and it remains so popular with our young people across Renfrewshire.

“We’re celebrating ten years of working within our communities and we will continue to provide opportunities for our young people to stay on the right path through our activities.

“The football festival was a great success and I’m sure we’ve inspired hundreds of young people to make sure it’s not the last time they step on the field at St Mirren.”

The project runs in partnership between Renfrewshire Council, St Mirren Football Club, Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and Engage Renfrewshire.

For more information on the programme, visit

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Next Saturday from 1pm its family entertainment on a new level at St Mirren…

  • inflatable hungry hippo
  • Bouncy Castle with slide
  • inflatable basketball
  • inflatable beat the goalie
  • music from @lkowalskimusic , Hollie Robinson & Sasha Kaloheris
  • face painting
  • balloon modelling
  • sweets from the Panda
  • prizes

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Cllr Marie McGurk, Oran Kearney, Gordon Scott and Street Stuff participants

Street Stuff celebrated the start of its 10-year anniversary in style with more than 1200 young people took part in the free Spring Break programme.

Hundreds of young people flocked to activities every day of the two-week holiday camp, as football, gaming and more was made available at venues across Renfrewshire.

Cllr Marie McGurk, Oran Kearney, Gordon Scott and Street Stuff participants

A free healthy meal was provided to all participants at the afternoon activities, meaning 675 young people were refuelled throughout the duration of the programme.

Stevie Gallacher, Street Stuff Manager, said: “We’re delighted to see more and more young people spending their school holidays with us.

“Our holiday programmes are so important as they provide an opportunity for young people from all walks of life to take part in sport and exercise while they don’t have school as an outlet.

“To see so many young people leave with a smile on their face is brilliant and we have our fantastic coaches and volunteers to thank for making it so enjoyable.”

The spring programme marked the start of Street Stuff’s 10th anniversary celebrations which will be marked with a series of events throughout the year.

Councillor Marie McGurk, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Communities, Housing and Planning Policy Board, said: “What a fantastic start to Street Stuff’s tenth anniversary celebrations and to see more than 1200 young people taking part is a great achievement.

“By providing the programme for free, we are giving all young people the opportunity to take part in sport and exercise and this can be vital in keeping them on the right track in life.

“The programme has changed so many lives over the past ten years and we’re proud of the work carried out by our staff, coaches and volunteers to provide these opportunities for young people.”

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

The programme began in 2009 in Renfrewshire and has contributed to a sustained reduction of 65 percent.in youth disorder and anti-social behaviour.

The programme runs six days a week, all-year-round, at venues across Renfrewshire and young people aged 8 to 16 are encouraged to turn up and take part for free.

For more information, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/streetstuff or follow @SMFCStreetStuff on Facebook and Twitter.

Cllr Marie McGurk, Oran Kearney, Gordon Scott and Street Stuff participants

Renfrewshire’s award-winning diversionary programme, Street Stuff, is celebrating ten years of making a difference to the lives of young people in the community.

Since its inception in 2009, the programme has seen more than 200,000 young people come through its doors, each having the opportunity to take part in sport, make new friends and engage in social activities.

Cllr Marie McGurk, Oran Kearney, Gordon Scott and Street Stuff participants

Providing activities such as football, dance and gaming six days a week, the Street Stuff team aim to offer young people, often in disadvantaged areas, with the opportunity to access exercise and social activities which they may otherwise not have the chance to take part in.

The programme hosts four holiday camps throughout the year to ensure that young people have an outlet during the school holidays and a healthy meal is provided to each young person who attends – with more than 26,000 healthy meals provided in the last four years.

Street Stuff partners

The project runs in partnership between Renfrewshire Council, St Mirren Football Club, Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and Engage Renfrewshire.

St Mirren FC Chairman Gordon Scott said: “Street Stuff is a great conduit to enable the club to foster stronger links with the community and the young people within it.

“The programme has massive health and social benefits and, as the programme hits the ten-year milestone, I think the number of both local and national awards it has received speaks for itself, in terms of both its success and the efforts of those who take part and run it.”

Malcolm Gillies is the longest-serving Street Stuff coach having been part of the programme for more than 10 years and he considers joining the programme as one of the best decisions he ever made.

Malcolm said: “Street Stuff brings young people into a safe environment, gives them a sense of responsibility and plays a big part in their childhood.

“It’s a place where they can get advice, talk about anything and provides an environment where they are not judged and can be themselves completely.

“There are many examples of kids enjoying the programme, getting to do some tasks and then becoming members of staff, and it’s an honour being part of such an amazing programme.”

The programme encourages and supports young people who attend to become volunteers and coaches and almost 80% of volunteers are former participants of the programme.

Stephen Gallacher, Street Stuff Manager, said: “The volunteers and staff take immense pride in the success of the programme and the difference being made to the lives of young people in Renfrewshire.

“We are actively working to engage with young people, ensure they have positive activities to take part in and aim to guide them into positive destinations which they may otherwise not be able to achieve.

“I’m delighted to see the number of attendees who go from taking part in the activities to helping to deliver them to the next generation of young people and we’ll continue to give young people the skills and experience they need for the future.”

The programme has been a firm feature in Renfrewshire for a decade and has contributed to the delivery of a sustained 65% reduction in reported youth disorder and anti-social behaviour.

Councillor Marie McGurk, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Communities, Housing and Planning Policy Board, said: “We’re extremely proud of our Street Stuff programme and the success it has achieved since it was introduced in 2009.

“The sustained reduction in anti-social behaviour makes a real, tangible difference to our communities and we are seeing young people actively seeking out the activities Street Stuff provides.

“The success of the programme is down to the fantastic staff who run it, the wonderful coaches and volunteers who give their time every week, but also to the young people who have embraced it.

“Street Stuff gives young people access to facilities and experiences within local communities they may otherwise not be able to access and we’re committed providing opportunities for everyone within Renfrewshire, regardless of their background.”

The success of the programme was recognised with more than 20 awards, including three high-profile awards in 2017 at the COSLA Excellence Awards, ROCCO Business Awards and Scottish Public Sector Awards.

For more information on Street Stuff and how to get involved, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/streetstuff or follow the team on Twitter @SMFCStreetStuff.