Football connects police, council and young people

Youth engagement tournament

Young people, council services and ten officers from the Metropolitan Police took part in a football tournament in sunny Stepney Green.

The event involved a variety of council officers that work with at risk young people such as the youth offending service, pupil referral unit, drug intervention team, rapid response team, sports development team and the outdoor education and parks team.

Councillor Sirajul Islam, Deputy Mayor for Housing and Statutory Deputy Mayor said: “This tournament was a great opportunity to connect local young people to the police and key council services to build relationships and trust. We’ve just launched our summer activities brochure and there is so much to do for young people across the borough over the holiday period. It’s really important that young people stay safe and occupied over the summer.”

Superintendent Martin Rolston of the Metropolitan Police said: “The idea of the football matches for us is to break down barriers to engage with young people over the summer to find that common ground and work together.”  

Ibrahim Kintu, a student from Bethnal Green who studies at New City College said: “Today we played a great tournament with the police. It’s been a good experience. It’s been great to meet new friends and connect with others. I’ve really enjoyed it.”

The council also runs a range of youth activities at 21 youth venues including 18 youth hubs offering outreach and detached youth work.

Each venue offers an extensive timetable of games, sports, advice and opportunities. They offer volunteering opportunities as well as access to training and nationally recognised qualifications.

Visit our Summer Events page or pick up a copy of the summer activities guide 2019 at your local Idea Store, library, school, council building or youth centre. 

Posted on Tuesday 9th July 2019