Youngsters Showcase Their Skills In Police Football Tournament, Wakefield

Wednesday 15 May 2019

School children from across Wakefield have put their goal scoring skills to the test in a free football tournament.  

Wakefield District Police and partners have thanked youngsters for turning out in force for a recent Primary School Football organized by Wakefield Central NPT and partners. 

The tournament took place at the Wakefield Indoor Football Centre on Tuesday April 30, with local schools encouraged to submit teams in the categories of eight and under, and 11 and under.

Finalists in the under 8s group were Hendal Primary V Martin Frobisher while the teams in the under 11s final were Holy Trinity and St Johns.

Presentations to the winners were made by Cllr Stuart Heptinstall, the Mayor of Wakefield.

Aside from football, those taking part also got to meet with their local officers and were provided with educational inputs on knife crime, cyber awareness/positive inclusion/diversity and first aid.

Partners in the event included Wakefield Council, Wakefield Football Centre, Wakefield District Housing, the Wakefield City Youth and Community Project and West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority.

Police also want to thank business who generously donated prizes and food for the day.

They were Football Kits and Trophies.com, Morrison’s, Coca Cola, Sainsbury’s, Fyffes banana’s, McDonald’s and Total Fitness. 

White Rose Boxing also gave an input to youngsters from their space in the football centre, while pictures from the day were provided by photographer Lee Ward.

Inspector Helen Brear of Wakefield City and North West NPT, said: “The tournament was really well attended and the feedback we had from players was really positive.

“Events like these are a great way for officers to engage with young people in an informal setting, get to know them and also provide safety advice while having some fun.

“I want to thank partners for all their support in this delivering free tournament which also helped us promote health and fitness.”

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