Breaking down barriers one goal at a time

Date published: 17 May 2019 16:34
Dated: 17 May 2019 17:29:58

Officers from Rotherham have taken part in a friendly football match against local refugees and asylum seekers in a bid to break down barriers and build stronger communities.

Working closely with Rotherham United’s Community Sports Trust (RUCST) a team of officers and staff from Rotherham have come together at the New York Stadium to play a series of ‘mini matches’.

The matches, which were jointly organised by Hate Crime Officer PC Chris Nicholson and Ben Winter and Jamie Nobel from RUCST are designed to install trust, and build relationships with those who have been victims of hate crime in the past, and through their own personal experiences in their home country have become fearful of the police.

PC Chris Nicholson said: “As part of our victim focus and interaction with different community groups, we have been heavily involved in helping to build stronger communities.

“By bringing them together and showing that behind our uniform we are also human beings who share the love of sport, they can have the confidence to come forward if they are victims of crime and be treated with respect and equality.

The match took place today, Friday 17th May and finished with ‘Team SYP’ being undefeated in all games.

All players were able to share the experience of playing on a genuine football league pitch thanks to the work of Rotherham United Community Sports Trust.

A huge thankyou also goes to those who gave up their afternoon to be part of this event- Detective Sergeant Iain Martin, Detective Inspector Jamie Henderson, Sergeant Jonny Morris, PC Steve Drive, PC Dan Short, PC Dave Pattimore, PC Rich Allott, Scott Johnson, Harrison Dobb, Luke Parkin and our senior command team at Rotherham.

Chief Inspector Chris Foster and Superintendent Steve Chapman with the refugees

Chief Inspector Chris Foster and Superintendent Steve Chapman with the refugees

Chief Inspector Chris Foster and Superintendent Steve Chapman with officers and staff

Chief Inspector Chris Foster and Superintendent Steve Chapman with officers and staff

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