Youths beat po­lice in 12goal bat­tle

Campbeltown Courier - - NEWS - Hannah O’Han­lon edi­tor@camp­bel­town­courier.co.uk

The in­au­gu­ral po­lice vs youths five-a-side foot­ball match was so suc­cess­ful that there are plans to start a league.

Or­gan­ised by Kin- tyre’s new youth en­gage­ment of­fi­cer, Karen Cairns, in a bid to pro­mote bet­ter and pos­i­tive re­la­tion­ships be­tween Camp­bel­town’s young­sters and po­lice of­fi­cers, the match was played in glo­ri­ous sun­shine last week.

With ‘man­agers’ PC Cairns for the po­lice team and Mandy Robert­son, de­vel­op­ment worker at the Kin­tyre Youth Café’s Hub, for the youth team on the side­lines of­fer­ing sup­port, the match kicked off.

The youth team’s fly­ing start took the game to the less youth­ful po­lice and they were at least a cou­ple of goals up early on in the first half.

But it was the el­dest player on the pitch, Al­lan Wallace, who broke the po­lice squad’s bad luck, to score their first goal, in com­pe­ti­tion with his son, Ruairidh, play­ing for the youth team.

Fan­tas­tic foot­work from both teams re­sulted

in sev­eral more goals but ul­ti­mately the strong feet of the law plod­ded through the game as the youths held on to their lead to win 7-5.

The young­sters en­joyed the event so much that they want to make these friendly fixtures monthly, and hope to start play­ing games against Camp­bel­town’s fire fight­ers as well.

PC Cairns said: ‘I be­lieve that this is com­mu­nity polic­ing at its best and I hope that

through ac­tiv­i­ties such as these we can build pos­i­tive re­la­tion­ships with the young peo­ple in our com­mu­nity.’

A spokesper­son for the Hub added: ‘Huge thanks to the po­lice of­fi­cers who gave their time for some pos­i­tive en­gage­ment with the young peo­ple. Look­ing for­ward to the re­match and also a game against the lo­cal fire of­fi­cers.’

To see more of PC Cairns youth en­gage­ment work, see page 18.

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The po­lice team, back row, with ref­eree Craig Robert­son on the right, and the team from the Hub at the front.

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PC Al­lan Wallace was the first of­fi­cer to score for the po­lice.

Con­nor McAu­lay shows Craig Tay­lor the strong arm of the law as the ball flies past them. 50_c33­copsvy­ouths05

PC John Nutt and Scott Souden fight for pos­ses­sion of the ball. 50_c33­copsvy­ouths03

PC Con­nor McAu­lay slides in to tackle young Scott Souden. 50_c33­copsvy­ouths10

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