East Kilbride Community Trust (EKCT) have teamed up with South Lanarkshire’s Policing Division to support their ‘Move The Goalposts’ (MTG) initiative – and help keep youngsters off the streets.
Move the Goalposts is an award-winning initiative targeting ‘hot spot’ areas, utilising football to divert young people from gang participation, acts of violence, antisocial behaviour and alcohol and drug misuse. It also encourages young people, parents and residents to help create an improved sense of wellbeing in their communities.
Now, with EKCT’s support, a Community League will operate at the trust’s K-Park facility in Calderglen Country Park on Friday evenings.
This new league, for over-16s, commenced on Friday, September 28, and will operate weekly throughout the year.
The ‘Choose Life Community League’ operates every Tuesday evening from 7pm-9pm.
Teams participate in seven-a-side matches helping to aid sustainability, whilst breaking down territoriality and sectarian barriers.
The top six teams’ participating go forward to end of season play-offs to decide the winners with trophies and medals presented.
And EKCT’s chief executive, Monique McAdams, said: “The East Kilbride Community Trust are very pleased to host the Move the Goalposts league at K-Park.
“This is a fantastic initiative and we are honoured to be involved in this partnership.
“A lot of hard work has been done so far to make a difference and also to help the community.”
MTG has operated four nights per week, Thursday to Sunday, 50 weeks per year since October 2008.
Areas are targeted for a minimum of 12 weeks.
Since its inception, youth related crime and incidents have been reduced by up to 82 per cent with an average reduction of 48.6 per cent.
Eddie Smith, divisional commander for South Lanarkshire Policing Division, said: “‘MTG has exceeded all expectations and now plays an important role in assisting individuals and communities to develop, work together and achieve sustainable goals.”
by Paul Thomson, East Kilbride News