Football fest raises awareness

Date published: 26 June 2018 13:42
Dated: 26 June 2018 14:41:52

They couldn’t quite match England’s winning streak but officers in Rotherham scored their way to the semi-finals of the Refugee awareness week football festival.

The team of officers were pipped to a place in the final by the British Red Cross team, who were crowned the eventual winners of the tournament after a tense penalty shoot-out.

Rotherham response officers PC’s Andy Smith, Mark Clabon, Danny Westwood, Chris Byne, Richard Steel and Preston Corbett, made up one of the two teams representing South Yorkshire Police. The officers put their best feet forward and made it through to the semi-finals of the competition after beating numerous other teams in the earlier rounds.

However, their goal scoring success was short-lived and the skills of the British Red Cross team saw them crowned as champions of the tournament after they beat the Rotherham Inclusion team during the nail biting final.

A second team of SYP cops and staff included Inspector Andy Hogg, PC’s Rich Allott, David Pattimore and admin staff Luke Parkin and Harrison Dobb, who were a point away from also reaching the semi-final.

Rotherham United Football Club organised the football festival to raise awareness of Refugee awareness week. The national awareness week, which ran from 18-24 June, is used to celebrate the contributions refugees make and to raise awareness of why they seek refuge.

Organisations and communities from across the town were invited to take part in the local football festival, which the football club held in recognition of the awareness week.

This event is just one of the many local events that has taken place, not only in South Yorkshire, but across the country to mark the national event as Rotherham’s Hate Crime co-ordinator PC Chris Nicholson explains. He said: “This was a great event to not only raise awareness but to also see different community groups coming together to show their support.

“Despite not making it to the finals, the teams of officers put up a good fight and the event was a great opportunity for them to build links with the local community.”

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