During the Easter holidays, hundreds of kids across Renfrewshire have enjoyed free school holiday activity camps.

The Street Stuff multi-sports and dance camps— provided by Renfrewshire Council’s Community Learning and Development team and St Mirren Football Club—have been fully booked during the two-week break, with around 750 places taken each week.

The camps located in Ferguslie, Foxbar, Gallowhill, Johnstone, Linwood and Renfrew were open to anyone aged five to 14. Activities available included football, basketball, hand ball, hockey, badminton, tennis, dance and more.

Everyone who attended got a free healthy lunch.

Councillor Marie McGurk, convener of the Council’s Communities and Housing Policy Board, visited the camp in Linwood. She said: “Seeing children and young people have a great time during the school holidays is what the holiday period is all about. By putting on these activities, we are supporting children and young people to have a fun break from school.”

In addition to the school holiday camps, the award-winning Street Stuff programme provides year-round free multi-sport, gaming and educational activities to young people aged eight to 16 during the evening. Activities include football, basketball and dance, with games consoles, tablets and WiFi available within the Youth Bus.

Cllr McGurk added: “Street Stuff is well established within our communities, with the weekly activities supporting children and young people’s wellbeing. The education activities support local issues and also create pathways for young people into employment through training and volunteering, with many young people who attended the activities going on to work as coaches within Street Stuff and our partners.”

More information on Street Stuff activities at St Mirren Football Club:

Sessions are free to young people aged 8 to 16 throughout Renfrewshire.

Activities include football, basketball and dance. The Youth Buses have wifi, PS4 games consoles, iPads and a seating area for young people to sit and chat.

Most activities take place outside.

Monday, 6:30pm to 9pm

Our Lady of Peace Primary School, Linwood.

Beechwood Muga, Shortroods.

Tuesday, 6:30pm to 9pm

Gallowhill Muga, Gallowhill.

Greenend Avenue Muga, Johnstone.

Thursday, 6:30pm to 9pm

Gallowhill Muga, Gallowhill.

Beechwood Muga, Shortroods.

Foxbar Youth Club, Foxbar (6pm to 8pm).

Friday, 6:30pm to 9pm

Bargarran Primary School, Erskine.

Skye Cres car park, Glenburn.

Saturday, 5:30pm to 8:30pm

Our Lady of Peace Primary School, Linwood.

If you require any further information please contact Stephen Gallacher on mobile: 07557 281 581 or by email: stephen.gallacher@stmirren.com.


headlime image: Group of children at a school holiday camp with Cllr Marie McGurk
Photo Credit: Renfrewshire Counicl

By Ricky Kelly

Main writer for Renfrewshire News

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