Talented young female footballers in Renfrewshire have the chance to improve their skills thanks to a new development programme.
Award-winning Street Stuff initiative and St Mirren in the Community Have teamed up for a free Girls Development Programme at the Paisley side’s Greenhill Road base.
The Carbrini@JD Airdome will host sessions for female players aged 8-14 on Wednesday evenings.
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.
Councillor Eddie Devine, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Environment Policy Board, was on hand to see the first session and said: “Street Stuff has proven hugely popular in recent years and it has been encouraging to see more and more girls turn out to play.”
“A dedicated development programme gives more of the girls a chance to play football, improve their skills and, most importantly, have fun!”
“Street Stuff is all about giving our young people the opportunity to be active and do something positive with their time.”
St Mirrren Chief Executive Brian Caldwell added: “The club is always keen to strengthen our ties with the local community, with the added bonus that working with Street Stuff has uncovered some great footballing talent, both male and female. I’m sure that the new development programme will be another winner for everybody.”
More information about the Girls Development Programme and other Street Stuff activities is available at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/streetstuff