Soccer school is mak­ing a dif­fer­ence to com­mu­nity

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

A foot­ball school which is fight­ing gang cul­ture in Fern­hill and Castlemilk has been praised by a lo­cal coun­cil­lor.

Coun­cil­lor Ger­ard Killen paid a visit to Fern­hill Soccer School this month and said the work be­ing un­der­taken by vol­un­teers was mak­ing a dif­fer­ence in the com­mu­nity.

Speak­ing at a meet­ing of Ruther­glen Com­mu­nity Coun­cil, coun­cil­lor Killen con­grat­u­lated the school in the strides it had made in bring­ing young peo­ple from ri­val ar­eas, such as Fern­hill and Castlemilk, to­gether.

He said:“It’s well at­tended by all age groups and it has helped a lot with is­sues up there with anti-so­cial be­hav­iour.

“I went to umpteen meet­ings in Glas­gow and South La­nark­shire to get things set­tled there. The foot­ball has helped a lot; it’s great to see Davy O’Neil and the vol­un­teers up there work­ing so hard.”

Fern­hill Soccer School brings young peo­ple, from tots to teenagers, to­gether to play foot­ball in a fun and in­clu­sive en­vi­ron­ment at Fern­hill Com­mu­nity Cen­tre ev­ery week.

The free ses­sions have at­tracted chil­dren from a num­ber of ar­eas and seen a re­duc­tion in gang and ter­ri­to­rial re­lated vi­o­lence and flash points in the past six months.

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