Friday night project a hit with youngsters

LESS than two months after beginning, a youth project in Borrowfield has been a resounding success in reducing complaints about young people in the area.

Set up in November by Montrose YM, Montrose Community police team, Montrose Emergency Services Group, Community Learning and Development and Links Park Community Trust, the Borrowfield Friday Night Project provides a programme of activities to help get youngsters, aged between and 10 and 15, off the area’s streets.

Its success has been such that since it started the number of calls to local police relating to young people has been reduced to virtually zero.

Constable Ally Hutchison, community officer, said: “The Borrowfield Friday Night Project has been running for several weeks and has been a great success, continuing to grow every week. I have to say a huge thanks to the team at the YM, the Montrose Emergency Services Group, Montrose Community Learning and Development, the ladies of the Borrowfield Community Group and Pete and his team at Links Park Community Trust for their efforts thus far.

“We’re all working together as a big team which has enabled the project to run well and has provided a variety of activities for the youngsters.”

Popular activities have included a five-week football coaching block, which resumes this Friday, and visits from beauty and make-up professionals who ran pampering sessions for girls and Tayside Council on Alcohol also delivered a session on alcohol misuse. Funding was also secured for a television, a Wii games console and games which are proving to be a hit.

The project will resume at 7pm on Friday after its Christmas break when football coaching will restart and Mark Boydell from Boydell Black Belt Academies will give youngsters a Tae Kwon Do demonstration and the opportunity to do try some light sparring.