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 Young footballers from Durham will take part in football tournament

 03/07/2019

Young footballers from across the UK are taking part in the Kickoff@3 Daniel De-Gale Football Tournament' final in London this weekend.


Twenty-two teams from across the UK will be taking part in an all-day seven-a-side football competition on Sunday, 7 July, from 09:30hrs at The Warren, the Met's Sports Ground in Hayes.

This year they will be joined by actor Colin Salmon who joins a growing number of people who recognise the work being carried out by the KickOff@3 team. The team provide access to mentoring and support programmes which extend far beyond the time spent on the football pitch.

More than 200 players from London, Durham, Belfast, Suffolk, Essex, Bedfordshire
, Cheshire and Wiltshire will take part.

Family, friends and senior police officers from the Constabularies and the Metropolitan Police Service will attend to support the competitors. They will also be joined by guest Premier League referee, Roger East who will referee at the event. The Kids in Crisis charity have donated funds to provide food for the players.

Other supporters include, the Met’s Black Police Association (MetBPA) along with the National Black Police Association (NBPA), Captain William Dole of the Royal Air Force, retired footballer Marcus Gayle formerly of Wimbledon, actor and broadcaster Judith Jacob, Dr Neville Lawrence and Dr Angela Herbert of the Violent Crime Prevention Board as well as senior leaders from various UK police forces.


KickOff@3 was founded in 2016 by Met officer PC Michael Wallace and Mr Ashley Levien, who runs his own social inclusion project called 'Suberbos Community'. Both men, who are based in Lambeth
, worked together to found the initiative which aims to help establish long lasting relationships between young people and their local police. The tournament was created as a youth diversion scheme, as well as building trust and positive affiliations between the two groups.

The project uses sport to acknowledge the loss of young lives to violence by observing a minute’s silence prior to the start of the final.

 

The Kickoff@3 Daniel De-Gale Football Tournament is named after a vibrant young man who was the first black person in the UK to receive a stem cell transplant from an unrelated donor. This transplant enabled Daniel De-Gale to live happily whilst blood cancer-free for several years. Sadly, Daniel passed away at 21. His parents, Beverley De-Gale and Orin Lewis, founded the African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust (ACLT) to raise awareness and educate communities on the lack of donors (stem cell, blood or organ) for African and Caribbean people. They will present the winners' cup in honour of their son at the final.

For the past five months, officers working on boroughs across the Met and in other forces assisted in facilitating the formation of local teams to take part in this programme.

This year, there were more than 1,000 youngsters taking part in Kickoff@3's football tournaments, which were held in London and across the UK.

The initiative continues to grow, with interest and support shown throughout communities. It has helped build links between officers and young people whilst raising awareness and funds for a range of charities who promote health and well-being in young people.

PC Michael Wallace, one of the organisers, said: "This project is about the community and the police coming together as one, while working hand in hand to make those key differences. This has helped empower our Kickoff@3 initiative and embed our ethos of
#WeBelieve. We’re delighted we are holding this specific event as this is key to bringing families together in a safe and fun environment while supporting our young people.”


For more information about the initiative, dates of future events/tournaments and how to participate then please visit: www.kickoffat3.co.uk or on Twitter: @Kickoff@3.