Football project in Newcastle

18 Dec 2015 00:00 AM

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Police in Newcastle have been using football as a way to engage with local young people. 

Officers from the city centre Neighbourhood Policing Team organised a five-a-side football match between Northumbria Police cadets and young people from the Tyneside Foyer.

The match was played at Eldon Square and after a hard fought 90 minutes the Foyer team won 14 - 12.

Everyone involved really enjoyed themselves and officers are keen to continue working with young people from the Foyer.

PC Ian Copeland, who is the Neighbourhood Beat Manager for the Tyneside Foyer, said: "The match was brilliant and a great success. Football is a great way to build relationships with the young people at the Foyer and it also gives them something that is fun and healthy to do.

"Everyone had a great time and the cadets were excellent, they were unlucky to narrowly get beaten by the team from the Foyer, however they are really keen to get a rematch arranged for as soon as possible - to settle the score!"

Marc Brown, from the Tyneside Foyer said: "The Foyer really appreciates all of the work done by PC Copeland to organise this event, I think that it’s important for our clients to spend some time with police officers in a social setting.

"The match was fantastic to watch with all involved giving 100% and true sportsmanship displayed by both teams, it was a close match throughout but the Foyer team managed to clinch a win in the end.

"I am the lead in charge of client involvement at the Foyer and I look forward to working with PC Copeland in the future to organise more matches and other events to help engage our clients with members of the Police Service and the community.

"I am also looking forward to our clients having a re-match with the cadets to further establish ourselves as the team to beat!"