CHRIS HYNES is determined to keep youngsters on the straight and narrow with his new football development programme.
The dedicated football coach, from Bearsden, heads up the innovative Midnight League which, despite the name, runs every Friday evening from 8.15 to 9.45pm at Bearsden Academy until June.
Chris (20) is a former Boclair Academy pupil, who has been involved with the community football programmes since doing work experience with East Dunbartonshire Council when he was 16.
He said: “I want to give kids the opportunity to carry on playing football when they reach the age of 12.
“There are a lot of clubs that cater for youngsters up to the age of 12, but many of them fall away after that and the temptation to just hang around and get into trouble is quite strong.”
Although the sessions are an anti-social behaviour initiative, Chris says the sessions, which run for 20 weeks, are open to all youngsters.
He said: “What we want to do is break down barriers between youngsters in the area.
Chris, who has a SFA coaching badge and is working towards becoming a sports development officer at the council’s Leisure and Culture Trust, says participants in the programme will get the opportunity to represent the district against other council areas.
He said: “The programme can give a positive role model to teenagers and it is good to say you have been on the initiative when applying for university or to put on your CV.
“There are so many positive things that the Midnight Football League can do and can go a long way to break the circle of gang culture.”
Young people can take part as individuals or as a team. To find out more call Scott Murray on 0141 578 8431.