Cleveland Police’s School Liaison Officers celebrated the women’s World Cup this year by organising a girls-only football tournament in Middlesbrough.
The seven-a-side football tournament was held at Acklam Green Centre on Wednesday 10 July; which seen around 130 girls from 13 schools from across Cleveland taking part.
Officers chose for the tournament to be girls-only to encourage more girls to take up sport and divert them away from any possibility of being involved in anti-social behaviour.
The day consisted of group stages of the tournament followed by a knock-out round on the afternoon. There was also a target shot competition for those teams who didn’t qualify for the knock-out rounds.
A ceremony crowning winners Captain Cook Primary School, who played as Germany, was presented by Millie Bell of Middlesbrough FC ladies, Steph Turnbull from North Riding Football Association and Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger.
Cleveland’s Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger, BBC Radio Cleveland’s Gary Phillipson and North Riding Football Association’s Donna Crowthers took part in a draw on 20 May to decide which schools were going to play in the tournament.
Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger, who funds the three school liaison officers, said: “The annual football tournament is a great way of bringing children together from around Cleveland. This year has been a fantastic way of getting young girls interested in football, especially celebrating the women’s World Cup.
“It is encouraging them to lead a healthier lifestyle and getting them involved in a possible new hobby, diverting them from anti-social behaviour.”
School Liaison Officer Geoff Illingworth said, “Everyone involved in the day said it was great that the school liaison officers could put a tournament like this on, as there is nothing like this for young girls to play football competitively.
“The whole day was a success and everyone enjoyed the event. I would like to thank all the people who assisted with making the tournament a success including Acklam Green Centre, North Riding FA, Morrisons and Teesside & Cleveland Trophies, Neighbourhood Policing Team and all the girls who had taken part.”
Posted on Thursday 11th July 2019