Glasgow MSP Anne McTaggart has welcomed the city council’s innovative new football plan which includes free access for young footballers at council five-a-side pitches.
The “Happy Hour” proposals are part of a larger plan which also includes a football congress this summer and a plan to bid to host the Homeless World Cup.
Anne McTaggart MSP has now lodged a parliamentary motion to highlight the plans and calling on other local authorities to follow Glasgow’s lead.
Mrs McTaggart said: “I was delighted to hear Gordon Matheson announce the council’s football plan. Bringing together fans, clubs and community leaders to work together through a shared love of football is a great way to engage a huge variety of Glaswegians.
It’s also great to see Glasgow take a lead in providing free access for young footballers at excellent facilities like the Regional Football Centre at Toryglen, particularly in these this tough economic climate. I hope that all other local authorities across Scotland will follow Glasgow’s lead and look to provide something similar”
Anne McTaggart’s full parliamentary motion reads:
That the Parliament welcomes the announcement of Glasgow City Council’s football plan to work with schools, sports centres and coaches to encourage more young people to develop their talent and skills; commends the council’s decision to launch a happy hour for young footballers, giving them free access to council five-a-side pitches, including the Toryglen Regional Football Centre; considers free access for young people at these facilities to be extremely important during the current economic climate; feels that other local authorities should look at providing similar free access; notes that Glasgow City Council will also hold a football congress in summer 2012 to bring together supporters, representatives of city teams and community leaders, which aims to celebrate football in Glasgow as well as look at ways of working together in the future; further notes Glasgow City Council’s plans to work with football clubs and the voluntary sector to bid to host the Homeless World Cup, and believes that what it considers Glasgow City Council’s progressive approach to engage more young people with football is a positive example of how communities can be encouraged to live a more active life.