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06 September 2012
East Ayshire Junior Football Campaign Kicks Off

After the successful launch of the Junior Football Initiative in North Ayrshire last year, the support has crossed the border as two East Ayrshire based teams declared their support for the campaign.

Auchinleck Talbot and Cumnock Juniors kicked off the campaign by displaying banners before their match showing that the teams oppose violence against women. The banners will be displayed at their respective grounds at Beechwood Park, Auchinleck and Townhead Park, Cumnock during the forthcoming football season.

Councillor Douglas Reid, Leader of the Council, said: “White Ribbon Scotland is an excellent campaign which contributes to ending violence against women by raising awareness and getting men and boys engaged in taking action on the issue. The Council, through the Violence Against Women partnership, is delighted to be involved and recently passed a motion to commit to gaining ‘White Ribbon’ status for East Ayrshire, something we are all going to work hard to achieve.”

Councillor Maureen McKay, Leader of the Main Labour Opposition, added: “I am delighted that Council members unanimously supported my motion and signed the White Ribbon campaign pledge to not commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women in all its forms and it’s great to now see groups in our community embracing the campaign.”

Launched in January 2011, the Junior Football Initiative has visited the ten teams based in North Ayshire. It has been a fantastic opportunity to engage with supporters from the local communities, with hundreds pledging support for the campaign. We look forward to continuing the campaign throughout East Ayrshire, and thanks to all who have contributed to the Junior Football initiative's continued success!

Auchinleck v East Talbot

Auchinleck Talbot and Cumnock Juniors with Councillors Stephanie Primrose, Jim Roberts, Billy Crawford, Neil McGhee and Ian Fitzsimmons, Police Local Liaison Officer.

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