Midnight football and yoga for youngsters are to be introduced in a bid to curb antisocial issues blighting a Dundee community.
People living in Whitfield have said they have felt “under siege” from unruly youths who have been running amok in the area.
Buses were withdrawn from routes in the area after children were caught playing “chicken” with vehicles and a man was reportedly struck with a spanner as a mass brawl broke out at a city football training session last week.
A 15-year-old boy has been charged in connection with a devastating fire which tore through Braeview Academy last month, while two 15-year-olds were arrested after a fight between youths in nearby Linlathen.
Now, education chiefs at the North East campus, which brings together two primary schools and a nursery, have revealed efforts to stop pupils getting involved in antisocial behaviour.
Danny Webster, education manager for schools in the east of Dundee, said his staff are looking to open up the school building and grounds for use by local youngsters.
He said: “We are able to offer free lets of facilities to various groups. This includes the 3G sports pitches. Local groups are able to use these for a variety of purposes and as well as youth football we also let the pitches out to adult groups and for walking football.
“One of the initiatives we are considering is introducing midnight football.”
Midnight football is played in the evenings, usually between around 7pm and 10pm, with teams able to compete in a midnight league.
Mr Webster said: “We reckon if we can get them here at night to play football they will be taking part in a positive activity, rather than in other less welcome activities.”
Head teachers at the campus also hope that a project that brings parents into the school to work alongside their children will also have a positive effect on the behaviour of local youngsters.
Susan Krachan, head of Quarryview Nursery, said parents have been in the campus recently taking part in a three-week programme.
She said: “We have worked on families eating healthy meals together and have also had family yoga sessions.
“These are ways to get families to spend time together and to get parents involved in positive activities with their children.”
Nicola Jenkins, head of Longhaugh, said: “We also have family sessions in the primary school with parents taking part in literacy and numeracy with their children.
“This benefits the whole family. We are lucky that we have children aged from two to 12 attending the campus, so we can get involved with families at an early stage and work with them right through to secondary school age. We’re working hard to get to know our children and their parents in a bid to encourage entire families to take pride in their community.”
Neil Lowden, head teacher of St Francis Primary – also part of the campus – said every effort was being made to integrate the school into the local community.
He said: “The regeneration of Whitfield is key to what we are also trying to do in the campus.We have the opportunity to use the school in the evenings for the benefit of the whole area.
“We are offering free use of sports pitches, as well as organising activities inside the school in the games hall. We are also looking for more opportunities to open up the school to the community.
“There are other ideas in the pipeline and we are working with the city council on this.”