Friday night football to keep kids off the corners

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A CRIME-busting sports scheme aims to get youths off the streets on a Friday night.

People aged between 12 and 18 are being offered an alternative to hanging around corners or playing video games, with free Friday night football in Bishopbriggs and Twechar.

The scheme has received £3,000 from the SFA and £2,000 from the Community Safety Steering Group.

‘Midnight leagues’ take place at Huntershill astroturf and Twechar Healthy Living and Enterprise Centre from 7pm-8.30pm.

Already 20 youngsters are taking part in Twechar, although demand is low in Huntershill. The scheme is being run by East Dunbartonshire Leisure and Culture Trust and Strathclyde Police.

Trust chairperson, Councillor Amanda Stewart, said: “We are working with schools and local clubs so hopefully numbers will pick up.”

The leagues will run for 27 weeks and in the New Year there will be an inter-East Dunbartonshire league with the winners going through to a final in June to be played at an SPL stadium.

You can take part as an individual or in a team. For more details call Scott Murray on 0141 578 8431.