A weekly youth engagement event in Stranraer has been provisioned to continue until April after receiving sponsorship from Loreburn.
In partnership with Stranraer Police’s Community Safety Unit, we have been able to facilitate the weekly hire of a 3G football pitch every Monday at Stranraer Academy.
This will provide a free weekly sporting activity for youth in Stranraer from now until 8 April.
The initiative began in Winter 2021, following a high number of reports of youth anti-social behaviour and vandalism around the Academy.
Sergeant Billy McEwan said: “I decided to try a different strategy by providing a facility for the kids rather than chase them away from it.
“I applied for funding to hire one of the 3G pitches at the Academy one night a week for the eight weeks leading up to Christmas”
Initially funded by the Police Youth Engagement Budget, the sporting event proved to be very popular with between 40 and 50 young people attending each week. Subsequently, it was found that the number of ASB and vandalism complaints significantly decreased.
After the success of the event during late 2021, PC Gary McCutcheon was able to secure the continued weekly use of one of the 3G pitches, which are owned by Amey and Stranraer FC
We’re delighted to be associated with this initiative and to play a key part in helping local young people in Stranraer connect, socialise and keep healthy.