Briggs commends Spartans and Street League Edinburgh for youth football work in Parliamentary debate.

The work of city based youth football charities the Spartans Community Football Academy and Street League Edinburgh were commended yesterday in the Scottish Parliament by Lothian MSP Miles Briggs. Miles was speaking in a debate at Holyrood on improving youth football initiated by the Parliament’s Public Petitions Committee.

Miles said:

“ With other Health & Sport Committee members I was pleased to visit the Spartans Community Football Academy in Pilton earlier this year.

“ The work being undertaken by Spartans through their various programmes, from their FooTEA club where youngsters enjoy sport and a nutritious evening meal, to their street football in a safe place or safe playground, is outstanding and is making a real difference to many disadvantaged young people across north Edinburgh.

“ I have been particularly impressed with the Spartans’ work to tackle holiday hunger - a major concern which I have raised on several occasions with Ministers – and one which I believe we can address as a country by bringing together every football and rugby club and supermarkets and sponsors to help deliver a similar service to Spartans in every community. Spartans have blazed a trail in this area with the club working with local schools to offer a summer holiday camp from 11:30am to 1:00pm each day with a complimentary lunch.

“ Earlier in the year I was also pleased to meet with Steven Jardine of Street League in Edinburgh which is doing brilliant work in supporting unemployed 16-24 year olds to move into education, employment and training by combining professional football coaching with employability and work skills training. It has had many success stories and I pay tribute to all involved in this innovative and life transforming programme.”

Miles Briggs