After the ten national tournaments and grand finale in Bromley in memory of Daniel De Gale, contributors from across the UK came together to debrief and learn from the activities in 2018 and plan for 2019.
Those in attendance were police and community representatives from various London Boroughs, including Enfield, Southwark, Tower Hamlets, Ealing and Kingston & Richmond.
The meeting also enjoyed national attendance from police and community contributors hailing from Durham, Cheshire, Hertfordshire, Surrey, Wiltshire, Greater Manchester, Belfast and Scotland.
We were also delighted to have key partners including Loy Hartwell from the Met Police BPA (Black Police Association), Radio Verulam, the RAF and Striking Places Photography.
Other interested parties included St Albans City FC and Middlesex Football Association.
Representatives from the Met Police Beat the Bleep from the London Borough of Ealing we able to attend and we were really pleased to see Andy Kowalski, our volunteer referee..
Michael Wallace lead the meeting with the support of the BPA (Black Police Association). Tracy Gittens and Deborah Thomas were on hand to keep the presentation on track. Great job girls!
It was clear from discussions that there is a huge benefit gained by including not only the local police forces but also community leaders and influencers. Going forward the original blueprint has evolved to a formula for running the events and will included the requirement for both specific points of contact from the police and the community.
The ten tournaments held in 2018 were Waltham Forest, Enfield, Durham, Havering, Bromley, Croydon & Lewisham, Hertfordshire, West Midlands, Ealing & Hounslow, Northern Ireland, Southwark.
KickOff@3 has had expressions of interest to extend the format overseas to Vancouver in Canada and Minnesota, Indianapolis, USA.
We are currently accepting proposed dates and venues from all relevant specific person of contact. The closing date for confirmation of venue and proposed associated local charity is expected to be January 2019.
All tournaments must be run before the end of May 2019 to be eligible for entry to the Summer finale 2019.