St Mirren in the Community News
Barcelona Cup Visit !
SPL Award Winners 2012
The fifth annual Clydesdale Bank Premier League Awards ceremony, held to celebrate the best of the SPL on and off the field, took place on Tuesday evening at the Hilton Hotel, Glasgow.
In total, nine awards were presented which were Manager, Player and Young Player of the Season, Goal and Save of the Season, Under 19 League Player of the Season, Best Club Media Relations, Best Community Initiative, and the Clydesdale Bank Family Champions – St Mirren scooping the final two awards.
The award for Best Community Initiative was again fiercely contested, demonstrating the range of fantastic projects that the SPL clubs are involved with in their local communities. The winner was St Mirren FC, for their Kick & Collect initiative.
Kick & Collect involves St Mirren Community coaches engaging with the disaffected and hard-to-reach young people from recognised anti-social behaviour hot spot areas to do voluntary work in their local communities such as painting over graffiti and litter pick ups with St Mirren FC Community Coaches. This discourages them from anti social behaviour and encourages pride in their local community.
For each time they do work they get a stamp on their rewards card which after 5 stamps gets them an outdoor activity reward such as St Mirren tickets (home and away), paintballing, snowboarding at
Xscape at Braehead, horse riding, canoeing and mountain biking. All rewards are donated by local businesses and partners.
St Mirren’s partners in the programme include Strathclyde Police, Strathclyde Fire and Rescue, Renfrewshire Wardens, Anti-Social Investigation Team (ASIST), Engage Renfrewshire, Renfrewshire Council, and Reid Kerr College.
St Mirren FC are also the winners of the third Clydesdale Bank Family Champions Award. This initiative, run by the SPL, is aimed at improving the match day experience for families across all SPL clubs and in turn encourage more families to attend Clydesdale Bank Premier League matches. Mystery shoppers visited each club and reported back to the SPL and the clubs on the experience – everything from contacting the ticket office to buying a pie.
St Mirren General Manager, Brian Caldwell said of the awards: “We are delighted to have won both the Clydesdale Bank SPL Family Champions and SPL Community Initiative of the Year awards at Tuesday’s Clydesdale Bank SPL Awards.
“Winning the Best Community Initiative is well deserved recognition for our community coaches and partners in the Kick & Collect initiative. A lot of time and hard work by all goes into this so it is really good to see that all that endeavour is recognised as being a big benefit to our community.
“With the Kick & Collect initiative we are helping youngsters to have more pride in themselves and their community which is a win-win situation for everybody.
“The SPL Family Champions award has been awarded three times now and in that time St Mirren have won it twice and the Club were runners-up last season. St Mirren Football Club is a family club so it is important to us that we continue to do all we can to encourage families to come to St Mirren Park. "
Scottish FA Midnight League West Finals
On Tuesday 1st May, over 150 young people from across the West of Scotland participated in the annual Bank of Scotland Midnight League West Regional Final at St Mirren Park stadium.
The Regional Final formed part of this year’s Bank of Scotland Midnight League programme which has been running since January at venues across all 32 Local Authorities in Scotland.
Teams from all over the West of Scotland were represented at the tournament which was played across three categories – 12-13 years and 14 years and over boys as well as an open competition for girls. St Mirren starlet Marc McAusland and Scotland Women’s International Emma Fernon were on hand to lend their support and help with the medal and trophy presentations.
At the end of a fun-packed day the West Dunbartonshire Leisure side came out on top in the 12-13 years category, beating South Ayrshire in a close fought final. West Dunbartonshire Leisure were also triumphant in the 14 and over category completing a memorable day for the local authority and its coaches. North Ayrshire’s Greenwood Girls won the Girls section with a dazzling performance in the final.
Bank of Scotland Midnight League is a national network of diversionary 5-a-side football activity, targeting 12 to 16 year olds across the country. Run in partnership with the Scottish FA, and the government’s Cashback for Communities scheme, the Bank of Scotland Midnight League programme has expanded over the last 5 years to be established in all 32 Scottish local authorities with over 3000 young people participating across over 90 venues each year.
A recent research study by the University of Stirling into the wider social effects and benefits of the programme returned some very positive observations.Over 85% of respondents believe that Bank of Scotland Midnight League has had a positive effect on their local community. Instances of anti-social behaviour have dropped by as much as 30% in some local authority areas when the Leagues are in session with 22% of young people surveyed admitting they 'might be getting into trouble' if they were not playing at their local Midnight League. The Leagues have also been credited with helping to break down social barriers between attendees and local police. Positive effects on individual participants were also noted as a major benefit with over 70% of respondents stating they have improved self-confidence and esteem as a result of participation and almost 80% feeling fitter and healthier.
St Mirren star Marc McAusland is a big fan of the programme: “The Bank of Scotland Midnight Leagues are a great way to get young people playing football and socialising with other youngsters from their area. Anything that provides a safe environment for them to do so can only be of benefit to local communities all over Scotland.”
Willie Gibson, Regional Service Manager for Bank of Scotland, commented: “Congratulations to all the teams on reaching the West Regional Final. Bank of Scotland is proud to continue its support for the Midnight League which delivers a first class diversionary programme for young people across Scotland.”
Changes to Football Centres
Street Stuff Kids to show Olympic Spirit
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Street Stuff Programme Announced !
New Street Stuff including Street Football timetable is announced for April to June 2012.
The Street Stuff Project sees activities including street football with coaching from St
Mirren FC, the Renfrewshire Youth Bus and the youth gym bus being taken out to
communities across Renfrewshire. Over the last three years the project has helped contribute to significant reductions in youth disorder in communities across Renfrewshire. It attracts over 15,000 young people each year.
Music Box with St Mirren
Free music course for 12-18 year olds this Easter!
St Mirren FC are set to run a free week of music sessions this Easter holiday as part of the SPL Music Box project, with sessions taking place at
St Mirren Park on 9-13th April from 1.30-3.30pm.
Music Box will give teenagers the chance to try their hand at a range of popular music instruments including guitar, drums, bass, vocals, keyboards, Djing as well opportunities for collaboration, band work, recording, songwriting and performance. No previous experience or equipment is required, and it's completely free!
Following on from the Easter Holidays sessions will take place on a
weekly basis, starting on Tuesday 17th April from 6.00-8.00pm at St Mirren Park.
Book Your Place!
Music Box is completely free, however spaces are limited and booking is essential. Places can be reserved using the following methods:
Phone or Text: 07522 985 772 (Michael Lambert, SPL Music Box Co-ordinator)
Find Out More:www.splmusicbox.com or click here for St Mirren Music Box.
Music Box is supported by Creative Scotland through the Scottish Government's Youth Music Initiative.
Scottish FA Quality Mark & Club Development
Renfrewshire-based young players from Johnstone Burgh and Houston Ams recently helped highlight the support being provided by the Scottish FA at grassroots level.
The Quality Mark programme - aimed at creating links between youth and adult teams in communities across Scotland - is being implemented across the nation by the sport's governing body.
The young players attended a St Mirren v St Johnstone SPL match and enjoyed some Fun Fours football on St Mirren park at half-time.
After, they enjoyed a lap of honour around the pitch.
Over 300 grassroots young players enjoyed free entry to the game as part of the club’s ongoing community club voucher scheme.
Any clubs wishing further information on the Quality Mark process or ClubvDevelopment initiative, please contact Gary Hocknull
on: Gary Hocknull,
Community Coach / Scottish FA Development Officer, St Mirren FC, Greenhill Road,
Paisley, PA3 1RU.
Stephen Gallacher - Youth Worker of Year
St Mirren Community Coach, Stephen Gallacher has won the “National Youth Worker of the Year Award” for the ’Role Model/Mentor of the Year’ category.
The awards dinner – which was hosted in Glasgow on March 15th – was the fifth such annual event held by YouthLink Scotland to present their National Youth Worker of the Year Awards.
Stephen is well known within the community for his school visits as well as his participation in the ‘Street Stuff’ programme.
All at the Club would like to congratulate Stephen on winning the award.
Female Only Scottish FA Coach Education 2012
The Scottish FA West region is proud to announce the availability of two female only coach education courses in 2012. These courses are open to any girl or
woman aged 16 and over, whether you have experience within football or not, with an interest in working with primary school age children.
The courses are specifically aimed at encouraging more female coaches in to the game, and will allow participants to develop their coaching technique through exploring the best age specific activities for developing young players, in a friendly and non-competitive environment.
Download PDF below for more information.
Scottish FA Club Development Evening
Thank you to all the club's that attended the Scottish FA Club Development Evening prior to the Scotland U21s game versus the Netherlands. In all, 9 clubs were represented at the get together which allowed for discussion on developing club infrastructure, Quality Mark applications and volunteers. We hope you enjoyed the night and the game and look forward to catch up in 2012.
Regards - Gary Hocknull, Scottish FA Development Officer
The award-winning Street Stuff activity programme has been given a £2,500 funding boost from Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce.Renfrewshire Chamber recently presented Street Stuff with a cheque, its share of funds raised at the Chamber’s annual business awards, the ROCCOs.Street Stuff is a hugely successful youth diversion programme aimed at 13 to 18 year olds, which has helped contribute to significant reductions in youth disorder in communities across Renfrewshire.It includes the Renfrewshire Youth Bus, street football with coaching from St Mirren Football Club, the youth gym bus and The Box a multi-functional activity unit which has been used for activities like dance mats and DJ workshops.The programme attracts more than 15,000 young people a year and has led to youth disorder dropping between 14% and 30% in each area where it operates.
The funding from Renfrewshire Chamber will be used to create a “Young player of the year” awards ceremony at St Mirren Park for young people who have taken part in the Street Stuff programme.Commenting on the donation, Chamber President Tom Johnston said, “We do our best to support young people across Renfrewshire, not just with donations but also our time. For example all 63 schools are members of the Chamber and we are working on various employer related initiatives. Plus the Chamber is an integral part of Young Enterprise Renfrewshire – helping raise funds and recruit business advisors for teams participating in the Company Programme.”
Renfrewshire Chamber, finalist in the UK Chamber of the Year 2011, has raised £25,000 over the last 2 years for Renfrewshire charities and good causes.Councillor Kenny MacLaren, Renfrewshire Council’s Community Safety spokesman, said: “The Street Stuff programme has really built up over the years to being more than just a diversionary programme. The range of activities has expanded to give young people a great choice, it also now goes out every day of the week, sometimes twice a day to areas all over Renfrewshire. Extra programmes have been added such as Street Stuff Plus to work particularly with older teens and the Kick and Collect Scheme which encourages the young people not just to come along and take part in activities but to also give back to their communities.“We’ve seen it make a real impact on communities and most importantly on young people themselves, some of whom have even gone on to become coaches working on the programme itself.“These awards would be a way of recognising these achievements by the young people who have taken part.”
St Mirren Community Coach, Stephen Gallacher, said: “We would like to thank the Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce for their kind donation which will go a long way towards helping to make a difference in the lives of young people in Renfrewshire.”Street Stuff is run in partnership by Renfrewshire Council, Strathclyde Police, Strathclyde Fire and Rescue, Engage Renfrewshire, Arriva, St Mirren Football Club and Reid Kerr College
Central Scotland Green Network
A big thank you to the CSGN who have contributed funds to the Diageo Community Garden project.
The Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) will change the face of Central Scotland, by restoring and transforming the landscape of an area stretching from Ayrshire and Inverclyde in the west, to Fife and the Lothians in the east.
The Scottish Government’s second National Planning Framework identifies the CGSN as a national priority, which will deliver:
“...a step change in environmental quality, woodland cover and recreational opportunities...[and] make Central Scotland a more attractive place to live in, do
business and visit; help to absorb CO²; enhance biodiversity; and promote active travel and healthier life styles”.
McDonalds Player Pathway In-Service Days for all 4's + 7's Teams
Notre Dame High School, Greenock
Thursday 16 February
6.30pm to 8.30pm
**Aimed at coaches working within the Greenock and
4-a-side Workshop + 7-a-side Workshop
Regional Football Centre, Glasgow
Sunday 19 February
10am to 12noon
**Aimed at coaches working within the PJDYFL + GDYFL
Workshop +7-a-side Workshop
Mearns Castle High School, East
Saturday 25 February
9.00am to 1pm
**Aimed at coaches
working within ERSDA
Notre Dame High School,
Thursday 15 March
6.30m to 8.30pm
**Aimed at coaches woriking within the Greenock and District League
All coaches involved with 4's +
7-a-side teams are invited to attend the day as part of the National
The session will be practical in nature and as such please bring
appropriate clothing to participate on a 3G surface.
To book a place please
apply to firstname.lastname@example.org and send the following details:
particpate in (e.g. ERSDA, GD, GDYFL, PJDYFL etc.)
*Places are limited so
please ask the coaches to get back to you as soon as possible*
St Mirren and Mary Russell win Partnership Award !
Mary Russell School and St Mirren Football club have scooped a top prize at Renfrewshire Council’s annual Quality Awards 2011. The Awards ceremony at Paisley’s Town Hall recognises good work in Renfrewshire for Education & Leisure Services.
The “Partnership Award” was in acknowledgment of the club and school teaming up in a bid to fire youngsters at the school on a path to football glory, as Mary Russell take part in it’s first ever campaign in the new Regional Learning Disabilities Schools League.
In partnership with the Scottish FA, the club were able to fund a coach, Craig Rowan, for the full term time at two sessions per week, donate training and playing kit, as well as ensure the team travel in style by bussing the players to monthy league fixtures at Toryglen Football Centre.
Susannah Pietryga, Disability Active Schools Co-ordinator for Renfrewshire said : “Having the key Renfrewshire partners committed to supporting this porgramme ensures that Mary Russell’s schools football team’s talented young athletes have the best opportunities available to train, compete and reach their full potential.
St Mirren community coach Gary Hocknull said: “A big contribution has also been made from the Scottish FA and Active Schools, and we’re delighted for those taking part that this is now an award winning programme ! The boys really enjoy training and enjoy the matchday format which is very much down to St Mirren coach Craig Rowan’s enthusiasm and expertise.”
Principal Teacher at Mary Russell, Liam Coyle commented : "Through the sustained input of high quality coaching and skills development provided by St Mirren our school has managed to maximise the potential of all the footballers in the school. This raising of the skill base has allowed us to compete effectively at a Divisional level in the SFA league. The knock on effect in terms of the self esteem and enjoyment for the children has been fantastic. Thank you St Mirren."
Liam and the players from the squad will all be in attendance at St Mirren’s SPL home game versus Dunfermline this Saturday afternoon.
Panda Club Meeting Times
The next Panda Club Young Supporters get togethers will be :
- v Dunfermline at St Mirren Park, Saturday 19th November. 3pm KO.
- v Inverness Caledonian Thistle at St Mirren Park, Saturday 3rd December. 3pm KO.
£5.00 for coaching and match ticket into the game. 1pm meet at the Community Dept at the North Stand end of the stadium. See you there !
Scottish Communities League Cup
The Scottish Communities League Cup paid a visit to our recent St Mirren in the Community October Camp in preparation of tomorrow night's game versus Ayr United at St Mirren Park. 1st team players Dominic Kennedy and Jamie McKernon were on hand for photos and a a kick about with the kids on the course.
St Mirren (6th SPL) v Ayr United (10th D1) – Tuesday, 7.45pm
Danny Lennon’s side are looking to bounce back from Saturday’s 3-2 home defeat to Hibernian in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League. The Buddies have won away to both Morton (4-3) and St Johnstone (2-0) to reach this stage. Ayr accounted for East Stirling in round one then Brian Reid’s men shocked SPL duo Inverness CT and Hearts at Somerset Park to make the last eight
St Mirren Junior Academy at U21's Game
New Scottish FA Coach Education Dates for 2011
Community Coach / Scottish FA Development Officer
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Wisemans Street Football event in Renfrewshire
Scotland under-21 aces Gregg Wylde and Ryan Jack joined youngsters in Paisley at a Street Football event to celebrate the success of the scheme this year. The event is one of almost 200 extra sessions this year, thanks to the support of Robert Wiseman Dairies.
Throughout the summer additional 189 street football sessions have taken place across Scotland providing 484 extra hours of activity thanks to the support of Wisemans.
The Scottish FA Street Football project sponsored by Robert Wiseman Dairies and Cashback brings football into communities, giving more people the chance to play more football more often. In addition the intitiave provides young people across the country with positive healthy activities and encourages them to think about including milk in their diets. The project is credited with contributing to significant reductions in incidents of youth disorder and vandalism in Renfrewshire's communities.
The Street Football event in Paisley is provided in partnership with The Scottish FA, Wiseman, St Mirren FC, Renfrewshire Council, Strathclyde Police, Engage Renfrewshire, ARRIVA, Active Renfrewshire, CashBack and Strathclyde Fire and Rescue. It is part of the Safer and Stronger Renfrewshire strategy which brings partner organisations together to make Renfrewshire a safer place to live, work and visit.
Anyone aged 10-18 can drop in and play at the various Street Football sessions with many more still to take place. To find out where your nearest session is please see - www.scottishfa.co.uk/youthfootball
Scotland under-21 coach Billy Stark said: “The Street Football programmes are a great opportunity got young people who may not get an opportunity to play regular football to come along and have a game with their friends in a safe, supervised environment. The programme also encourages children to practise their skills and you never know, we might just spot some future Scotland stars.”
“St Mirren Park recently became the home for the under-21s for this qualifying campaign and the players were keen to give something back to the local community. “
Gregg Wylde said: “It's brilliant to see kids out playing football and Street Football can play a part in developing young talent further. Ryan Jack and I were watching the games and there are some good young players out there that we might see playing in the future.”
Sandy Wilkie, Wiseman sales and marketing director, added: “At Wiseman we recognise the importance of being a part of the communities we serve and our support of the street football programme is a great way for us to be more involved, as well as encouraging physical activity in young people.”
“We hope that our association with the Street Football programme encourages more young people to choose to include milk in their diet, encourage a healthier lifestyle and reach their potential in the game.”
"Having Gregg and Ryan here today shows what youngsters can achieve with regular football, practise and a healthy lifestyle."
October 2011 School Holiday Soccer Schools Announced !
Please follow the link here for details on our October Holiday Programme for 2011.
Our coaches are in a number of areas within Renfrewshire over the school holidays delivering our successful soccer school courses.
Our St Mirren Soccer School Camps are designed for boys and girls of all abilities and ages.
We aim to provide the highest quality football coaching with the emphasis on fun and safety.
Music Club at St Mirren Park
The St Mirren in the Community team are looking for budding musicians aged 8 to 18 for free music lessons!
The programme - which is in partnership with Street Stuff and Ferguslie Park Band Development - will get up and running this coming Thursday (August 25th) at the stadium from 7:00pm to 9:00pm and then every Thursday evening thereafter.
The classes will consist of Drum Sessions, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboard, Sound Engineering and Singing.
You don't need to have any previous experience or instruments as everything you need to learn will be at the class.
Please note that if you are interested in participating in this class that you should contact Community Coach Stevie Gallacher to confirm your place in the class - people who turn up on the night without initially making contact won't be admitted.
You can contact Stevie by phone on 07557 281 581 or alternatively by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
So if you have an interest in music, whether that be singing, playing or producing, all disciplines will be covered at the classes and best of all they will be free of charge.
Street Stuff is run in partnership by Renfrewshire Council, Strathclyde Police, Strathclyde Fire and Rescue, Engage Renfrewshire, Arriva, St Mirren Football Club and Reid Kerr College.
Street Football to support St Mirren new kit launch !
Get involved with “Street Stuff” and Street Football at St Mirren’s new Away Kit Launch on Thursday 28th July 2011 at Braehead Shopping Centre.
From 12pm to 4.30pm young people will be given the chance to drop in and play on the mobile football park situated on the boardwalk, win tickets for St Mirren home games and get the chance to meet some of the St Mirren first team as the club launch the new kit which at JD Sports at 1.45pm onwards.
The new black and red Carbrini kit has caused a sensation with punters inundating the club with requests on when it will be available.
Braehead and JD Sports is the place to be on Thursday to pick up your new kit !
Street Stuff is an award-winning youth diversion activity programme which runs six nights a week taking activities including mobile five-a-side football pitches with coaches from St Mirren Football Club out to communities across Renfrewshire.
The programme also includes the Renfrewshire Youth Bus, Youth Gym Bus, a multi-purpose activity unit called The Box, a mobile skate park and much more.
A Renfrewshire Council spokesperson said: “Street Stuff has gone from strength to strength over the last couple of years with young people across Renfrewshire really getting involved, especially with the football coaching provided by St Mirren.
Street Stuff is delivered as a partnership programme by Renfrewshire Council, St Mirren Football Club, Engage Renfrewshire, Arriva, Strathclyde Police, Strathclyde Fire and Rescue, SFA Youth Football, and the Scottish Government.
Scottish FA MARS Just Play Programme at St Mirren Park
St Mirren 1st Team Favourites David Barron and Hugh Murray showed their support for the Scottish FA MARS Just Play, a programme to get more Scottish adults playing regular football.
The aim of the new initiative is to encourage people to get involved in the game through a number of Scottish FA Just Play
football sessions that will be organised this summer. These sessions are designed to encourage new or lapsed players to turn up and play football in a well facilitated, easily accessed and fun
These sessions will be hosted at a number of football clubs across the country and St Mirren Park has been identified as one of the host venues.
Just Play sessions will start on the astro pitches at the stadium on Wednesday 27th July, 6.30pm to 7.30pm. All free
of charge for 6 weeks.
Speaking on the launch, Jim Fleeting, Director of Football Development at The Scottish FA, said:
“There is nothing more social than a football team and the camaraderie that that brings and the main aim of the Just Play initiative is to get more young adults participating in football. However, we want this participation to be more than just for one game and we are keen to keep these new players within the structure of football and hopefully they will be able to go from these sessions on to amateur teams and then on to veterans teams as things progress. The Scottish FA Mars Just Play programme fits in very well with our new performance strategy as it will increase participation in football and we are delighted that, with the support of Mars, we have been able to launch this new initiative which should reignite Scotland’s passion for playing the national game at grassroots level.”
Fiona Dawson, President of Mars Chocolate UK, added:
“MARS is committed to Scottish football and through the Scottish FA MARS Just Play scheme we aim to continue to facilitate more equipment, better facilities and easier access for grass roots players of any standard to be able to play the game. The Scottish FA Just Play initiative is exciting as it makes the game accessible to all adults who want to get back playing, regardless of level.”
Click here for details on how to register.....
St Mirren Park Open Day
After the success of last year’s Open Day the Club will be hosting another one at St Mirren Park on Sunday, July 17th between 1:00pm and 2:30pm.
Once again you can watch Danny Lennon and Iain Jenkins putting the players through their paces in an open training session after which fans can meet the players for autographs and photo opportunities.
The Community Coaches will also be in attendance hosting “come and try” skill zones, football coaching and small sided games on the astro pitches at the North Stand end of the stadium.
The St Mirren in the Community programme for 2011/12 will also be available to fans including details of new coaching classes and all community initiatives.
St Mirren Youth Team Meet Andy, Jamie and Judy Murray !
Young Buddies from the Youth Academy met up with Andy Murray and the British Davis Cup Team at Brodie Park. The tennis stars and mum Judy were at the park to launch a new commitment to Paisley tennis.
The Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) has pledged £160,000 to revamp courts at Brodie Park and promote the sport in the town.
And the news has been a smash hit with members of Paisley Lawn Tennis Club who say the investment could guarantee the future of their 100-year-old club.
The current dated blaes courts at Brodie Park will be replaced with four new hard surface courts and two mini-courts with proposals also in the pipeline to upgrade the disused clubhouse.
The Gym and Youth buses staffed by St Mirren in the Community staff were also on hand for what was a very busy day !!
Scottish FA with Mars Just Play Launch
The Mars "Just Play" Programme arrives at St Mirren Park on Wednesday 27th July 2011. Open to everyone over 16 years old and Free of Charge, Just Play gives players the opportunity to play 5's games at St Mirren Park for a 6 week period. Games start at 6.30pm. Click here for details on how to register.....
New Multi-Sport Week at St Mirren Park for S1-S3 year olds
Renfrewshire Special Games
St Mirren in the Community were delighted to deliver the football component of the recent Renfrewshire Special Games at Linwood Sports Centre. The young people that took part had the opportunity to take part in football activity stations delivered by St Mirren Staff, as well as other sporting activities.
Renfrewshire Special Games give young people the opportunity to take part in a range of sporting activities led by qualified and experienced coaches. The activities are organised on a Renfrewshire wide basis, in partnership with Renfrewshire Leisure , local and national disability sports organisations and the national sports organisation for Scotland.
Renfrewshire Special Games are an investment in the future of those children and young people who have a disability. Our activities will benefit these young people by giving them:
- more opportunities to socialise
-the opportunity to participate in sports they have never tried before
-the chance to take part in sports on a regular basis in their local area
-the chance, where athletes show potential and wish to progress, to take part in competitive sports in partnership with Scottish Disability Sport
St Mirren Highly Commended at SPL Awards
St Mirren were "Highly Commended" at the recent SPL Awards dinner in Glasgow. The Buddies pushed winners Rangers very close in the Family Champions category.
This initiative, run by the SPL, is aimed at improving the match day experience for families across all SPL clubs. Mystery shoppers visited each club four times and reported back to the SPL and the clubs on the experience – everything from contacting the ticket office to buying a pie.
Street Football Tournament at St Mirren
Over 300 children attended the Renfrewshire 'Street Stuff' Football Tournament held At St Mirren Park last Sunday evening.
The Children came from the Paisley and Renfrewshire area as well as Glasgow, North Lanarkshire, East Renfrewshire and Inverclyde to take part in a tournament of 'small sided' games that were played on the actual St Mirren Park playing surface which was broken up into nine smaller playing areas. Five of the pitches were for the tournament with four smaller areas being set aside for younger age groups to play on.
The football tournament was made up of 4-a-side games played by age groups 13-15 year olds and 16-18 year olds. The sides were placed in groups and played each other twice with both group winners and runners-up within each age group meeting in their respective semi-finals with the winners of them meeting in the final.
North Lanarkshire won the 16-18 age group and Bishopton won the 13-15 age group.
St Mirren Street Football Co-ordinator, Stephen Gallacher said of the event, "The day was a success because we got different communities to mix - that is what the whole programme is about, breaking down barriers.
"It was good to see kids from Johnstone mixing with their counterparts from Linwood and those from the west end of Paisley mixing with the kids from Shortroods, they all got together in a fun friendly environment - that is what we are trying to achieve.
"It is now important that the kids take that message out into their own communities."
With the tournament and get together being such a success Stephen confirms that there is a willingness to see this type of event go ahead on a more regular basis.
He said, "We are looking towards doing this again next year something which all our partners will work towards.
"We would also like to thank Glasgow, North Lanarkshire, Inverclyde and East Renfrewshire local authorities for bringing mobile pitches and young people along - but a big thanks must also go to our own partners who without their assistance an event like this couldn't be undertaken."
Street Stuff is delivered as a partnership programme by Renfrewshire Council, St Mirren Football Club, Engage Renfrewshire, Arriva, Strathclyde Police, Strathclyde Fire and Rescue, SFA Youth Football, and the Scottish Government.
St Mirren win Best SPL Community Initiative 2011
The fourth annual Clydesdale Bank Premier League Awards ceremony, held to celebrate the best of the SPL on and off the field, took place last night at the Old Fruitmarket in Glasgow. In total, nine awards were presented which were Manager, Player and Young Player of the Season, Goal and Save of the Season, Under 19 League Player of the Season, Best Club Media Relations, Best Community Initiative, and the SPL Family Champions.The award for Best Community Initiative was again fiercely contested, demonstrating the range of fantastic projects that the SPL clubs are involved with in their local communities. The winner was St Mirren Football Club, for their Renfrewshire Street Stuff activity. This project provides mobile diversionary activities for hard to reach, disaffected young people in the area, and has had some great results. Thousands of children have attended the sessions in hot spot areas highlighted by the police and youth disorder has been reduced with vandalism at a six year low. The project has grown in size and now operates six nights a week and due to its success, will be funded for another year.
St Mirren General Manager, Brian Caldwell said of the award: "At St Mirren Football Club we have been progressively active in the community and we continue to be involved in groundbreaking community initiatives along with our various partners.
"Many of these initiatives are helping to improve and change the lives of many people within our community.
"In four years we have gone from one full-time member of staff in our community team to six who now cover numerous initiatives such as Street Stuff, Football Fans in Training, Support Employment, Positive Outcomes Programme, School of Football, Healthy Lifestyles Programme and many more.
"This Street Stuff programme has previously won other awards but I am delighted that its success and the hard work of our community team is continuing to be recognised as it shows we aren't sitting back and that we continue to be a positive influence within our community.
"I would also like to thank the partners in the programme whose support has made the Programme such a success; Strathclyde Police, Renfrewshire Council, Arriva, Engage Renfrewshire, Scottish Football Association, Strathclyde Fire & Rescue and Active Renfrewshire.
"St Mirren Park will also now host a 4-a-side football celebration as part of the Street Stuff and Street Football programme delivered in Renfrewshire on Sunday 15th May from 5:00pm to 8:00pm."
The Monday prior to the recent Aberdeen home win was the last of our current Football Fans in Training programme. To celebrate, the guys and a partner sat together for the 3-2 victory and had their picture trackside at half time. A huge thank you to all that took part, as well as our partners in the SPL Trust for support and resource. More information on FFIT here.
Tesco Bank Teachers CPD Night
St Mirren FC hosted the first Renfrewshire Teacher's CPD night of 2011 before the mid week game versus Aberdeen at St Mirren Park.
Over 20 teachers attended, as part of the Tesco Bank Schools Programme. The Scottish FA are keen to give teachers an insight and support them in any football that they might be, or looking to deliver, within their schools as part of the initiative and the inservice help support this.
The night included a practical session on creative players and individual technique, as well as an insight into small sided games and the importance of 4v4s. Attendees were also given the Tesco Bank "Football Challenge" coaching resource and session plans of the night's activities.
The night also allowed the opportunity to impart some Positive Coaching Scotland (PCS) information and the importance of honouring the game.
The teachers that attended then stayed on for teas, coffees and sandwiches before attending the St Mirren 1st Team's 3-2 win over Aberdeen.
"It was a really worthwhile evening and feedback from the teachers has been very positive," commented Gary Hocknull, Scottish FA Development Officer based at St Mirren. "A huge thank you to Tesco Bank for supporting the schools programme, to the St Mirren U14's for acting as runners on the night and finally to the teachers for their commitment to the programme and giving up free time to attend."
Street Football Tournament
An innovative project aimed at cutting antisocial behaviour and youth disorder in Renfrewshire continues to go from strength to strength in 2011 and is now pushing
A football tournament aimed at bridging the gap between local youths from Linwood and Johnstone areas of Renfrewshire will take place at St Mirren Park this Saturday 12th February 2011.
The tournament which will involve the assistance of local community police will be a great way to engage with the young people and hopefully bring together two local communities.
Our dedicated team of "Street Stuff" staff will interact and engage with the young people throughout the whole session demonstrating skills and challenging them to football related games. After the tournament all participants will sit together and enjoy the St Mirren v Inverness Caledonian Thistle SPL League game.
The ‘Street Stuff' project, which provides young people across Renfrewshire with positive healthy activities such as street football, the youth bus and mobile youth gym has won many national awards and has been a huge success since being launched in August 2008. Over the last two years it has grown to include the popular street football sessions provided by coaches from St Mirren FC, and in May 2010 launched Scotland's first mobile youth gym.
The project is credited with contributing to significant reductions in incidents of youth disorder and vandalism in Renfrewshire's communities, including reductions of more than 50% in some areas.
Renfrewshire Council Leader Derek Mackay said: "This project has gone from strength to strength over the past couple of years, as shown by the high numbers of young people attending these activities and the significant drop in the number of youth disorder incidents."
The Street Stuff project is provided in partnership by Renfrewshire Council, Strathclyde Police, Paisley Partnership Regeneration Company, ARRIVA, St Mirren FC and Strathclyde Fire and Rescue. It is part of the Safer and Stronger Renfrewshire strategy which brings partner organisations together to make Renfrewshire a safer place to live, work and visit.
Billy gets St Mirren media insight....
Panda Club Young Supporters member Billy Hamill got an insight into how the media and journalists work on a matchday at St Mirren Park. Billy was shown the ropes by Paisley Daily Express journalist Paul Behan for the home game versus Dundee United. Many thanks to Paul for his time.
Read Billy's Match reports on the Panda Club page here.
SPL Community Report Launch
St Mirren FC Community Coach, Steven Sweeney, today helped launch the SPL Community Report at Hampden, which unveils the unique contribution that SPL clubs make to the Scottish economy and society.
St Mirren FC has a significant impact on Paisley and surrounding areas through engaging with the local community on a range of projects aimed at improving the lives of local people. The positive impact on their local area goes far beyond 90 minutes on a Saturday:
• 2,100 participants per week take part in SMFC community projects
• 500 hours spent on community activity each week
• 24 separate initiatives currently in operation
Many of the projects are aligned with Scottish Government National Outcomes and aim to deliver on:
• Physical activity & healthy living messages
• Social inclusion to build strong communities
• Creating employment opportunities and life chances
• Reducing crime through diversionary activities
Head of Community Coaching Gary Hocknull at St Mirren FC said: "From our highly successful Soccer Schools and Community Classes, to Street Football and Diversionary
Programmes, St Mirren Football Club are using the power of football to educate and motivate people from all walks of life in Paisley and surrounding areas. Other programmes included affecting the
Health and Wellbeing of supporters and local residents, as well as facilitating employability and training initiatives. The support from all of our key partners is critical in the delivery of our
projects. Strong relationships are at the heart of everything we do and the SPL Community Report highlights the fantastic results achieved in working together."
On a national level, First Minister Alex Salmond has given his backing to the Report and said: "I welcome the publication of this comprehensive SPL Community Report, which provides clear evidence of the very positive work that SPL clubs are doing in their communities. The Scottish Government recognises the valuable contribution that football clubs make to our local and national economy and to wider society. That is why we are supporting many of these initiatives and we are looking to develop these to ensure we maximise the local and national impact of our investment in football and sport."
SPL Chief Executive, Neil Doncaster said: "The SPL Community Report showcases the excellent work that has often gone unrecognised across our clubs. Those in charge of developing community activity have a wealth of experience and expertise that has been used to create new and innovative projects that now deliver benefit not only to their supporters, but also the wider community. The unique hook of a football club is being used to engage with traditionally hard to reach groups, and we are proud our clubs have such a significant impact on their local community."
St Mirren Community Dept have the X-Factor !!!
On Wednesday 10th October, St Mirren FC's Community Team headed south for a Club Visit to Chelsea FC. This involved a meeting with David Gill; Chelsea In The Community's Assistant Development Manager, who took us a tour of Chelsea's Stadium and Community Hub, hosted a brainstorming session and facilitated a visit to a variety of Chelsea Community Initiatives in the afternoon.
After an early meet, St Mirren In The Community proved they have the X-Factor after posing for pictures with this year's contestant... Aiden Grimshaw!
The day was a huge success with the Clubs sharing examples of good practice, which on that side of things reinforced the strength of our current Programme.
We visited one of Chelsea's local Community pitches, which are utilised regularly by many children and adults for Football Activities, just like our 5-a-side pitches at the Stadium.
Later in the day we even caught up with Joe Calzaghe before heading to Stamford Bridge to watch the Chelsea v Fulham Premiership match.
On the Thursday morning we headed home with new ideas which will keep St Mirren In The Community fresh for months... before our next Club Visit in the New Year!
Hamster Ball Challenge pictures versus Rangers !!
Halloween versus Aberdeen
Panda Club Young Supporters Club looked a little different last Saturday with some BIG names enjoying the game. Simon Cowell, Wayne Rooney, Bob Marley, Dracula and a Werewolf were just some of the celebrities that enjoyed the Saints win over Aberdeen !
Our next Panda Club will meet at 10am at the North Stand for the game versus Rangers on 7th November 2010.
Glencoats Walk to School Week
IT was a stroll in the park for St Mirren manager Danny Lennon and some of his star players when they stepped in to help youngsters at a Paisley primary celebrate National Walk to School Week.
Danny turned up at Glencoats Primary, in Ferguslie Park, with Saints goalkeeper Paul Gallacher and midfielder Steven Thomson to lend their support to the effort to encourage children to adopt a healthy lifestyle.
Jill Brooks, headteacher at Glencoats Primary, was delighted the men managed to take time out from their busy schedules to help with the event and said: "This is something we take very seriously.
"We have a travel plan committee in place and they meet regularly to discuss events such as Walk to School Week."
She added: "We have a great relationship with St Mirren, as the club is just a goal-kick away from the school, so we were delighted when they agreed to send over a couple of players to take part in the initiative.
"And it was a real bonus for everyone when Danny Lennon turned up as well."
As the kids set off on their jaunt, travel plan committee member Kayleigh Moran, 11, explained: "We are trying to get the message across that it's cool to walk to school.
"One of my jobs is to go around all of the classes and pass on information on the benefits of walking to school.
"It's something I enjoy because I know how good it is for you."
Fellow pupil Jamie Gibb, 10, loves helping co-ordinate the events and added: "I enjoy being part of the travel plan committee. It's quite a responsibility but I take it seriously.
"I am encouraging the others to make more use of the outside space at the moment because it's good to get out in the fresh air."
The programme also reaches further than simply encouraging youngsters to get walking.
And one of 11-year-old Cherrelle McDowall's first jobs with the travel plan committee was to head for the playground one morning to educate parents on the dangers of parking on the yellow zig-zags directly outside the school gates.
She said: "We want to make sure that it's as safe as possible for everyone coming to school.
"If we are going to try to convince people to walk to school, then we have to make sure it's safe for them."
According to Ms Brooks, the youngsters take the issues they deal with very seriously.
She explained: "It was members of the travel plan committee themselves who brought up the problem of parents parking in the restricted zone when dropping off and picking up their kids.
"They went out with clipboards and took car registration numbers before sending letters to all the offending parents.
"At one point, the committee was only three-strong because many primary seven pupils had left to go to high school, so the remaining members canvassed for new members and held interviews.
"There is now 11 in the group and it's growing all the time."
Buddies boss Danny was impressed by the enthusiasm of the pupils at Glencoats Primary and was delighted to help them with their worthy cause.
He said: "Having a safe environment for kids to get to school is so important. The pupils at Glencoats are doing a fantastic job and we were only too happy to come along and give them a wee boost.
"Getting involved with the community is always high up on my agenda. It keeps us all grounded."
Saints goalkeeper Paul agreed, adding: "I always enjoy visiting schools because the kids are so passionate about what they do."
Midfield maestro Steven also enjoyed his time at the school and said: "It was a great day out and I enjoyed the walk. The kids were chatty and it was clear they were well up on their knowledge of St Mirren."
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Tesco Bank Football Challenge
School children from Woodlands PS will got the chance to meet St Mirren manager Danny Lennon at a Tesco Bank Football Challenge coaching session today. 1st team players Craig Dargo, Peter Bradley, Michael Higdon and David Barron were also in attendance.
The Tesco Bank Football Challenge is a four year community programme run in partnership with the Scottish FA. The programme introduces football to Primary 2 and Primary 3 children (6-8 years old) across Scotland and gets them engaged in a healthy and active lifestyle.
St Mirren manager Danny Lennon said:
"The Tesco Bank Football Challenge is integral to the development of the game in Scotland. It is not only about learning basic football skills but also about getting children involved in physical activity. I think that is fantastic that so many children from the Renfrewshire area have been given the chance to take part in an initiative that is beneficial for both the local community and Scottish football."
Benny Higgins, Tesco Bank Chief Executive commented:
"Tesco aims to make a positive contribution to Renfrewshire both in the way we do business and by supporting community initiatives. Football is central to this programme, acting as a vehicle for fitness and the development of both physical and social skills. Our aim is to see hundreds of boys and girls from across the region participating in football on a regular basis and having fun."
Over 350 boys and girls are taking part in the Tesco Bank programme within the Renfrewshire area. St Mirren Community and Scottish FA qualified coach, Ross Smith has been delivering football sessions in 10 Renfrewshire schools. Among the schools which have already benefited are Glencoats Primary, St Fergus Primary, St Peter's Primary, Langcraigs Primary, Heriot Primary, Bushes Primary and St Paul's Primary, all in Paisley, as well as East Fulton Primary and Our Lady of Peace Primary, both in Linwood.
Tesco will be investing over £1 million in the programme and will use the power of football to get 7 and 8-year-old children active. The aim is to reach 72,000 boys and girls of all levels and abilities in at least 1,600 primary schools across Scotland's 32 local authorities.
St Mirren Park plays host to Uefa Study visit
31 delegates from three countries were in Scotland this week to learn more about grassroots football.
The Scottish FA welcomed guests from Austria, Estonia and Turkey for a UEFA study group, part of a scheme which aims to improve technical standards across Europe.
As well as visiting Hampden Park, the study group guests saw grassroots programmes in action at the likes of Toryglen Regional Football Centre, St Mirren Park and Spartans Community Football Club.
St Mirren Coach Gary Hocknull who is also the SFA's Development Officer for Renfrewshire presented on the Community Department's work within the area, focusing on community classes,soccer schools, street football, diversionery activities and everything else the club delivers.
Delegates then enjoyed a tour of St Mirren Park, followed by a trip to Hampden for the Scotland International game versus Liechtenstein.
SPL support for Soccer Schools
Clydesdale Bank have provided £5000 of funding towards the summer football camps run by St Mirren in the Community.
The club delivered football coaching to boys and girls aged 4 to 12 years old at a number of different venues throughout Renfrewshire, over a four week period, with around 500 kids taking part.
Our funding helped provide each child with a football, mini cones set, and a skills card, allowing the children to continue to develop their new found skills at home.
St Mirren Community Coach Gary Hocknull said:
"Our summer coaching sessions are great fun for the kids, teaching them some new skills and making them exercise, but the challenge is to keep the kids interested and active when they leave. The funding from Clydesdale Bank is great, as it means we can give the kids something to take home to hopefully keep them playing football."
Irene Swankie, Clydesdale Bank Community Affairs Manager commented:
"This is Clydesdale Bank's fourth year as SPL sponsor and over that time we have witnessed the range of excellent work that each club does to make a positive impact in its local community. As a business we too aim to develop strong relationships that support local communities, so we are delighted to be able to help St Mirren by providing some additional funding to their Summer Football Camps programme."