Posted on 6th December 2018
Derby East Safer Neighbourhood team is proud to be working with L.E.A.D. IT services, Powerleague Derby, Gallery 5 and Derby County Football Club in a project to deter young people from becoming involved in crime and knife crime.
Together with local partners, the Team want to educate young people around the dangers and consequences of knife crime and the implications of carrying a knife.
Year 6 pupils from 12 local primary schools will compete against one another in a series of friendly football games held at Powerleague every Wednesday between 4pm and 5pm, beginning on 23rd January 2019.
PC Paul Trussell, from the Sinfin & Osmaston SNT said “This will be a great way for the children to get to know pupils from neighbouring schools. We want this friendly competition to build trust between them, and their local policing teams.”
“Whilst the league is underway, all participating local primary schools will be given a presentation on knife crime, and this will reinforce the message that we are trying to give, that knives lose lives.
“We want to do as much as possible to discourage children and young people from carrying knives.”
At the end of the league, in April, there will be an awards night for all who have taken part, again held at Powerleague.
The winning team will be presented with the 'Community Engagement Champions Cup' and, with the help of Derby County; pupils will be invited to Pride Park on a match day for a tour of the stadium and to watch the game.