Youngsters from Renfrewshire’s award-winning Street Stuff youth diversion project will go for gold when they take part in a special Olympic-themed event next month.
The young people will take to the field at St Mirren Park to compete in a multi-sports event modelled on the upcoming summer extravaganza in London.
The event, on Sunday 6 May, is free to enter and is open to anyone aged between 10 and 18. Registration for the event will take place at the stadium on the day.
Those attending will be able to take part in football, hockey, rugby, short tennis, archery, foam javelin, long jump, triple jump, shot put, 60m sprint and a ‘marathon’.
A similar – football-only – event was held last year, but organisers hope the multi-sport offering will give the young people a chance to get involved in something different, while making them feel part of the Olympics when they arrive.
Street Stuff is a programme of diversionary activities for young people, which has helped reduce youth disorder across Renfrewshire.
It is a partnership between Renfrewshire Council, St Mirren, Strathclyde Police, Strathclyde Fire and Rescue, Engage Renfrewshire, McGill’s, and Reid Kerr College.
St Mirren manager Danny Lennon said: “The Street Stuff project carries out some great work in communities across Renfrewshire, and we at the club are delighted to help support it.
“I’m sure the young people will be thrilled to get the chance to step out on to the hallowed turf of St Mirren Park and show off their skills in football and other sports.”
Alan McNiven, chief executive of Engage Renfrewshire, the area’s voluntary sector interface, which is helping to provide volunteers to run the activities, added: “Street Stuff has helped thousands of young people across Renfrewshire become involved in sport, cultural activities and volunteering.
“Great credit goes to the young people who volunteer their time to support the Street Stuff team throughout the year.
“Many of them benefit from being recognised through the National Saltire Awards scheme and I’m sure the skills they learn will help them on their road to employment.”
The activities offered as part of Street Stuff include football with coaching from St Mirren and The Box – a multi-functional activity unit with dance mats and DJ workshops.
The timetable for activities over the next few months can be viewed at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk.
The programme attracts more than 20,000 young people a year and has led to youth disorder dropping between 18% and 40% in each area where it operates.