Street football comes to the Mearns

Young people in Stonehaven and Inverbervie once again have the opportunity to keep active throughout the summer holidays thanks to a Street Football and COMET initiative.

The mobile sports arena brings a range of sporting activities to towns and villages throughout Aberdeenshire and aims to improve young people’s participation in sport.

The initiative has been developed by Aberdeenshire Council, Grampian Police and Fetteresso Church volunteers and is supported by funding from Aberdeenshire Community Safety and the Community Initiative Fund. Refreshments have been donated from ASDA and Far and Wide.

Community Learning and Development (CLD) staff will be engaging with young people through the COMET van and dance mats alongside community beat officers, sports development and active schools teams, and a range of volunteers from Fetteresso Church.

The events will be held outside Stonehaven Leisure Centre on Wednesdays from 7pm to 7.30pm for primary aged children and from 7.30pm to 9.00pm for young people of secondary school age.

Similarly the football unit and COMET van will be outside Inverbervie Leisure Centre on Thursdays from 7pm to 7.30pm for primary school children and 7.30pm to 9pm for young people of secondary school age until July 26 then at Booth Park at the top of Gourdon from 2nd to 16th August.

Chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Education, Learning and Leisure Committee, Councillor Isobel Davidson, said: “These events have proved extremely popular with young people in these areas in the past five years and it’s a great way for them to keep active and have fun throughout the summer holidays.”