In 2012 ACES approached North Ayrshire Police to gain permission to run a series of Street Soccer events in problematic areas of North Ayrshire. These events, based on a sky tv programme Wayne Rooney's
street soccer using signs tyres milk crates to allow Young people a chance to show off their skills, the events were a perfect vehicle for a No Knives Better Lives campaign and initially was aimed at 1st and 2nd year pupils at secondary schools.
NO KNIVES BETTER LIVES
In Partnership with Police Scotland, Youth link Scotland and North Ayrshire Council
ACES Developed a street soccer roadshow which was based on the sky tv show Wayne Rooney's Street soccer, using road signs , barriers, milk crates etc this was taken up by NKBL and used as a vehicle to take knife crime awareness into six problematic areas in North Ayrshire, being careful not to encourage Young people to tamper with road works ACES had their own road signs produced with over head kicks and various messages.ACES STREET SOCCER FINAL took part during the marymass celebrations with Guest visits from players from kilmarnock and the Rangers Cheer leaders. All finalists received a full kit and trophy. During the next two years ACES developed the school and group programme delivering to 30 schools and 18 groups in the second year with a STREET SOCCER FINAL in which free styler David Mennie, Paul Branigan Star Of THE ANGELS SHARE and NUTZ the killie mascot were the judges, this event had fairground rides and other large inflatable attractions all free to use. In year three and with the help of Scotrail and Youth Scotland purchased Bubbleball which is used as a tool to help engage with children and young people, NKBL sessions now include a graphic presentation, workshop, and then fun on bubbleball complete with its own inflatable pitch (the only one of its kind in Scotland. These are delivered free to groups and schools so please get in touch
'' There is no doubt that the work of ACES is having a significant impact on our communities ,and helping to provide a safe and secure North Ayrshire.''
Sgt G Muir U 428
Local Authority Liasion Officer
North Ayrshire Council.
ACES coaches Dale Young Scott Hindmarsh and David Loughlin not only featured on Finding Scotlands real heroes on STV and sponsored by RBS but were voted winners by the general public. They were presented their award at a star studded reception in Edinburgh and also visited 10 Downing Street to speak about their work with in the community. Dale was voted winner of the clydesdale bank Centrestage award again by local people he is now the full time Youth Worker with ACES