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Police Meet Gloucester Youths in Football Friendly

Posted: 13/03/2007 22:19:01

Police are looking forward to getting to know local youths this evening as they swap uniforms for football strips and the beat for the sports pitch.

A team of police officers, Police Community Support Officers and civilian staff from Hucclecote Police Station are taking on 14 to 17-year-olds of the Abbeydale Youth Project at the Abbeydale Community Centre with kick-off at 7.30pm.

Sergeant Craig Donald of the Hucclecote Inspector Neighbourhood Area's Safer Community Team is looking forward to playing in the match. He said: "This is a great opportunity to build links with young members of the local community and hopefully gain the trust of those who otherwise just see us stopping people on the street. We're keen to support local youth projects and to work closely with them and this is a good way of getting to know this group better while having fun. Sport is also a great thing to encourage as an alternative to being on the streets."

The match is being sponsored to help raise funds for members of youth clubs in Abbeydale, Tuffley and Matson and of Gloucester's Bangladeshi Youth Organisation who are taking part in an exchange trip to Italy in May.

Youth worker Grace Harding said: "This is a really good idea for relationship building and showing the human side of the police. They're really looking forward to it and are feeling confident as they have youth on their side."

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