Barnsley NPTs United to spread anti-racism message

Date published: 02 August 2021 06:01
Dated: 30 July 2021 11:50:35

Officers from across Barnsley’s neighbourhood policing teams successfully United to net football glory – as well as engaging with the community to pass on the message that racism will not be tolerated in the town.

The Reds in the Community anti-racism football tournament was held last month by Barnsley FC, and played on the sports complex next to their Oakwell Stadium on Grove Street.

The tournament was aimed at bringing together different groups in society to promote anti-racism messaging. The officers formed a Barnsley United side, and while at the event they also promoted South Yorkshire Police’s direct positive action recruitment campaign, aimed at encouraging under-represented groups to join the force.

All nine teams that took part played well, but Barnsley United were the overall winners of the tournament.

PC Rebecca Hunt, based at Cudworth, was the sole female representative on the 10-officer team. She said: “We played as the Barnsley NPT and it was for beginners if people wanted to play – there was 10 of us involved, nine male officers and myself.

“It was an anti-racism tournament aimed at engaging the community in sport and pushing positive anti-racism messages into those communities.

“Our presence there went down very well. We had a lot of people there making jokes about how they’d always wanted to tackle a police officer.

“The spirit was great and it was good to see people from so many different backgrounds playing together. There was one team playing for whom English wasn’t their first language and they had a translator there helping them to engage with the event. It was brilliant to see.

“It was nice to see so many people involved, and we somehow ended up winning, which I think came as a shock to us all,” added Rebecca, who has one year’s service in the force and also plays for Leeds United Women and the GB Policing Women’s Football Team.

“It’s really nice to get out there and to communicate with people in a different way.”

The Barnsley United football team

The Barnsley United football team

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