New drop in facility launched for teenagers

Thursday November 22nd 2018

Cowden Park drop in

Pictured in the back row are: PC Robertson, Graham Hay & Keith Hay (Treasurer and Secretary of Dalkeith Miners Club), Stephen Dixon (Chairman of Dalkeith Thistle CFC), staff from Aim High.

Dalkeith Community Police officers, PC’s Robertson and Clarke have teamed up with Aim High, Dalkeith Thistle CFC and Dalkeith Miners Club to run a drop-in facility for all secondary school age youngsters.

In an aim to divert teenagers away from anti-social behaviour the partners have agreed to host an open-to-all drop in where youngsters can use the Cowden Park Pavilion to sit in, listen to music, chill out or take part in football on the outdoor 3G pitch. Kids can enjoy juice, tea, hot chocolate or hot pies, sausage rolls, pasties even cakes and crisps. All of which is absolutely free for those taking part.

Club Chairman Stephen Dixon said:

“We at Dalkeith Thistle Community Football Club are aware of the importance of our close relationship with the people of Dalkeith and the surrounding area, and we continually work to maintain and strengthen those links.

“We want to make a positive effort by working alongside various local groups to address the issue of lack of community facilities and spaces in Dalkeith. We wanted to give our young people access to a safe space, and a quality sports facility and we have this at Cowden Pavilion. Besides helping youngsters to stay occupied and active, this also provides the perfect place for them to develop new skills and hone existing ones.”

Dalkeith Miners Club generously donated juice, tea, hot chocolate, crisps, pot noodle and sweets. They have agreed to continue their support of this venture. Greggs the bakers in Dalkeith donated sausage rolls and pasties and cakes.

The pavilion will be open from 5-6pm on Friday evenings.

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