Nine months prior, the scene would have been very different. ‘Plagued’ by young teenagers regularly playing football on the club’s green you were more likely to hear the cry, “Get off there ya wee ***”, and an equally disparaging reply of, “Piss off ya old***” So what’s changed?
The social commentator the Rev Al Barrett would say: what’s changed is that both groups have discovered they have passion, knowledge, gifts and each other. And both have identified the power in sharing these gifts together.
In the Gallatown, Kirkcaldy, this power has enabled the young people and adults to spend time together sharing their gifts with each other to do bike maintenance, learn to play bowls, share the club space for youth activities, learn IT and cooking skills. It’s a pattern that has been repeated across nine other communities through the Scottish charity Inspiring Scotland’s Link Up programme.