Well fired up for cross-border project

Motherwell FC youngsters with Fire and Rescue staff
Motherwell FC youngsters with Fire and Rescue staff

A initiative between Northumberland and Scottish Fire and Rescue Services produced a day of football fun for Motherwell FC youngsters.

The Motherwell under-8s met their counterpart under-8 teams from Ashington, Bedlington and Ellington for a day which combined firefighting and football.

The Motherwell youngsters visited Pegswood Community Fire Station in Northumberland and met firefighters and community staff who explained the work of the fire service and provided a tour of the facility.

Ashington’s Hirst Welfare was the venue for a lunch-time Under 8’s football festival before the youngsters watched the Ashington v Morpeth Northern League match.

This followed a similar visit to Motherwell last year for Ashington youngsters who visited Motherwell Community Fire Station and attended the Premier League match between Motherwell and Dundee United.

The project was initiated by Mick Hydes, Community Safety Coordinator for Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, North Lanarkshire, who hails from Ashington and although moving to Scotland in the mid 90s still maintains close links with his home town.

Malcolm Taylor, football development manager for Motherwell Community Trust, said: “To further develop this initiative is really exciting for the boys and we value our growing friendship with the Ashington community and the Fire and Rescue Services”

John Miller, area manager for Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, North Lanarkshire, added: “We were again really happy to support this venture for what was the initial return visit of this developing youth diversionary initiative.

“Cross-border exchanges prove to be not only exciting for the youngsters involved but also extremely beneficial for staff of the Fire and Rescue Services involved alongside our partnership agencies in order to support each other and share good working practices.”