Forfar pupils take part in football violence reduction initiative

Pupils during the visit to Tannadice
Pupils during the visit to Tannadice

Forfar Academy pupils visited the home of Dundee United Football Club earlier this week, as part of a football violence reduction initiative.

Following their recent involvement in a football-based disorder prevention programme called PITCHIN’ IN, staff from the club hosted a visit to Tannadice Park for Police Scotland’s Community Officers and 12 pupils from Forfar Academy, on Tuesday (December 13).

During the tour

During the tour

The Police Scotland led programme, delivered by Angus Community Constables Paul Morgan and Mark Reid, gave the pupils an insight into offending and its consequences from a football perspective and demonstrated how criminal acts can have a negative impact on local communities in Angus.

The pupil’s visit to Tannadice was kindly hosted by Operations Manager Nigel Smith and Ground Safety Officer Ian Smith who provided an exclusive tour of the stadium and information on match-day operations and ground safety.

The visit was also supported by local Fire Service Watch Manager Dave McKenzie and his colleague Judi Young who had assisted their Police colleagues with the recent training programme.