BOBBIES swapped the beat for the beautiful game recently - as they were sent on a football coaching course.
Local officers were put through their paces in a bid to help them better connect with young people.
The 23 who took part will use their skills to provide football coaching in the area’s primary and secondary schools.
Organised by the East Dunbartonshire Leisure and Culture Trust, in partnership with the Scottish Football Association, the sessions are aimed at helping build positive relations between police and youngsters.
Councillor Amanda Stewart, the Trust chair, said: “It’s great that we’ve been able to put this training in place and I’m looking forward to seeing the positive benefits that this programme will bring to the lives of young people in East Dunbartonshire when we launch the programme later this year.”
Funded through East Dunbartonshire Council’s Community Safety Partnership, both Strathclyde Fire and Rescue, who have also undertaken the training, and Strathclyde Police will be working along side Football Development Coaches in both primary and secondary schools in the area who will have the opportunity to sign up to participate in one of the programmes on offer.
Fire fighters and police will be providing around an hour per week to coach along current SFA coaches. They have completed a Level 1 Coach Education course to enable them to do so.
It is hoped that working in the schools in a more informal basis will help to create a stronger image of the emergency services with the pupils, which in turn will help them gain more respect for the role they play in our communities.