KickOff@3 achieves its community partnership ‘goal' Image:Bedfordshire Police

Event raised over £300 for Embrace Child Victims of Crime

Bedfordshire Police hosted its first charity football tournament, KickOff@3, on Sunday (28 April), strengthening bonds between the police, the community and partners.

The event also succeeded in raising over £300 for Embrace Child Victims of Crime.

There were 19 teams of both boys and girls aged between 13 and 16 from all over the county. The six-a-side tournament was staged at Kempston Rovers FC in Hillgrounds Road.

The winning teams were the Wilstead Harriers in the under 14 tournament and Manshead School in the under 16 tournament. Both will now go onto to represent Bedfordshire in a national final which will take place in London in July.

Paul Griffiths, Schools Liaison Intern at Bedfordshire Police, who organised the event said:

“We are really pleased with the success of the tournament and would like to thank everyone who made it happen, especially our sponsors. It was also great to have our special guest Richard Braithwaite, aka Mr Silky Skills, as he was a big hit with both the kids and adults alike! He was even teaching our officers a trick or two!

“Our aim was to build and strengthen the relationships we currently have with our communities and partners and as such, we definitely achieved this.”