Youngsters from across the UK took part in a Kickoff@3 Daniel De-Gale Football Tournament final in London this weekend.
Twenty-two teams from across the UK took part in an all-day seven-a-side football competition on Sunday, 17 June at The Warren, the Met’s Sports Ground in Hayes.
More than 200 players from London, Hertfordshire, Durham, Belfast, Gwent, Wiltshire and the West Midlands 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 the Royal Air Force (RAF), the London Fire Brigade and other keen supporters.
KickOff@3 was established 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 Barnet, 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 Met’s Black Police Association (MetBPA) has been the main supporter of the project since the start of the initiative in Sutton in 2016. They have also helped in the planning of the tournaments and the final.