First Minister steps in to kids’ football row

Nicola Sturgeon has become embroiled in a NIMBY spat over kids footy matches
Nicola Sturgeon has become embroiled in a NIMBY spat over kids footy matches

A row has broken out in Shawlands about youngsters spending summer evenings playing football on school pitches.

Some neighbours, whose homes back onto the playing fields at Shawlands Academy, have complained about children using the community facility by playing ball games - saying they are fed up of footballs landing in their back gardens.

And the spat has now grown to involve Police Scotland - and even the First Minister of Scotland.

Nicola Sturgeon has attended two meetings with both police and school staff in an attempt to quell her constituents worries over the situation about footy matches taking place outwith school hours.

Police Scotland told The Extra: “Officers are aware of complaints from local residents regarding youths playing football at Shawlands Academy. The officers attended the area on several occasions and found that the youths had been given permission. This is not a police matter and advice has been given to all concerned.”

A council spokeswoman said: “The school playing field is a valuable community facility that is used extensively outwith school hours and we will continue to work with the community to make sure everyone can continue to access it.”

The Extra has learnt that the council has paid its school contractors AMEY £11,000 to increase the height of the fence to prevent footballs from landing in gardens.

A spokewoman for the First Minister told The Extra: “Nicola has attended two meetings at the school at which there were discussions with the headteacher, Police Scotland and Community Safety Glasgow about minimising disruption to residents.”