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Saturday, 25 October 2014

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Football tournament at Whitehaven School sports hall

BIGRIGG Bisons triumphed over Lowca Pirates to clinch victory at a five-a-side soccer tournament last week.

Around 70 youngsters tackled a team of police officers in Friday’s all-day event, at Whitehaven School sports hall.

It was organised by PCSO Reece Watt, from the Copeland Neighbourhood Police Team, who led a team of officers against various youth teams.

He said the half-term event, one in a series of sports activities organised by police across Cumbria, had been well attended.

“It was a brilliant turn out and everyone enjoyed themselves and took the competition seriously,” said Reece.

“It’s great be able to set up events like this and it allows us to build bridges between ourselves and the kids.”

Reece said the events had been proven to reduce anti-social behaviour and gave the youths an alternative to hanging around street corners.

“It also allows us to engage with them on a more personal level,” he added.

He said it was a real community effort with prizes and trophies bought thanks to funding from Cleator Moor and Egremont town councils.

“I would like to thank everyone who attended and took part in the event. A particular thanks to Stephen McNally and his son who refereed the event, and to Clare and Tracy from Young Cumbria."

Reece added that more events are planned in the future.

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