Barry Ferguson praises special project

Pic: Tom Finnie (25.3.2011)A&M Training - Operation Reclaim Dance Awards Show 2011: Barry Ferguson on stage with Player of the Year winner.
Pic: Tom Finnie (25.3.2011)A&M Training - Operation Reclaim Dance Awards Show 2011: Barry Ferguson on stage with Player of the Year winner.

FORMER Rangers and Scotland captain Barry Ferguson has backed a pioneering project tackling anti-social behaviour in North Glasgow.

The Premiership star was among special guests at the annual awards and dance shows run by A&M Training – a programme part funded by Glasgow Housing Association (GHA).

The group delivers the acclaimed Operation Reclaim project, which brings together thousands of young people in North Glasgow to take part in football, basketball and dance sessions across eight sites.

The A&M Training scheme, run by ex-Dundee United winger Andy McLaren, tackles youth disorder, racism and gang violence – encouraging youngsters to keep fit through football and dance classes.

Birmingham City star Barry Ferguson recently presented trophies at the Operation Reclaim awards night at the Mitchell Theatre.

He said: “I’m delighted to support A&M Training which delivers top-quality diversionary coaching activities across Glasgow. Each week around 2,000 young people benefit from these services – and they are free.

“I attended the dance and awards show and was blown away by the numbers involved, the talent on show and quality of the coaching.”

Operation Reclaim is funded by GHA and North Glasgow Community Planning Partnership and runs in areas including Sighthill, Springburn, Milton and Royston.

It was launched by Strathclyde Police in a move to get young people off the streets and participating together in activities.

Former Scotland footballers Robbie Winters, Charlie Miller and Gary McSwegan are also lending their support to the programme.

Barry Ferguson is pictured with 16-year-old Mark Steel from Royston.