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Grampian Police have set up their own football school in Banchory in the hope of luring young people away from street corners and curbing youth nuisance problems.

The sessions take place every Tuesday night between 6.30pm and 8pm on the new floodlit synthetic surface at the recently-opened Hill of Banchory Primary School and are open to nine to 14-year-olds.

The sessions are being run jointly by staff from Grampian Police, Grampian Fire and Rescue Service and the Scottish Ambulance Service.

The South Marr Community Safety Group has donated footballs, marker cones and training bibs.

The Banchory Football School
The Football School gets going:

Along with the youngsters are, in the back row from left:
James Legg and Peter Fitzpatrick (Grampian Fire & Rescue Service) and Colin Gordon (Scottish Ambulance Service).

Front Row from the left are:
Constable Andy Cruickshank (Grampian Police), Norma Makin (South Marr Community Safety Group).

Banchory is a fast-expanding settlement with a large new housing development still under construction at Hill of Banchory, but there are few facilties for young people. It is hoped that the Football School will go some way to resolving a perceived problem with anti-social behaviour and youth-related crime which is causing residents concern.

Constable Andrew Cruickshank, the local Community Beat Officer, said:

"The aim is to provide an alternative for young people who have nothing to do other than hang around. It also gives them and the local emergency services personnel an opportunity to interact.

"This will offer an occasion for everyone to meet and gain mutual respect, but most importantly have fun."

The organisers hope that the numbers attending will grow. They are also appealing for any parents who can help run the project to come forward.

Constable Cruickshank added:

"It is only with their help and involvement we will ensure the football continues."

Anyone who can help should call Banchory Police Office on 0845 600 5700.

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