KickOff@3 2018

For the past 5 months, officers working on boroughs across the Met and in other constabularies have assisted in facilitating tournaments where local teams have taken part in this programme. This year saw more than 1000 young people taking part in the KickOff@3 football tournaments. Music artist, 'Tricks Rtb' has performed at a number of these events while sharing his positive messages through music.

 

On Sunday 17th June, 22 teams from across the UK will took part in the Kickoff@3 Daniel De-Gale Football Tournament - an all-day 7-a-side football competition at The Warren Metropolitan Police Sports Ground. There will be in excess of 200 players taking part from London, Hertfordshire, Durham, Belfast, Gwent, Wiltshire and the West Midlands. Guests on the day include the MPS Commissioner, Cressida Dick; Shaun Wallace from ‘The Chase’; Dr Neville Lawrence OBE, Dr Angela Herbert; Beverley De-Gale OBE & Orin Lewis OBE from ACLT and many more.

 

The Daniel De-Gale Football Tournament is named after Daniel De-Gale, a vibrant young man who was the first black person in the UK to receive a stem cell transplant from an unrelated donor. This transplant enabled Daniel to live happily whilst blood cancer-free for several years. Sadly, Daniel passed away at age 21. Daniel’s parents, Beverley De-Gale and Orin Lewis, founded the African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust (ACLT) to raise awareness and educate communities on the lack of donors (stem cell, blood or organ) for African and Caribbean people. They will present the winners’ cup in honour of their son at the finale.

 

Before the start of all KickOff@3 tournaments, the players and supporters stand united in a one-minute silence to remember the young lives that have been lost through violent crime. Family, friends, community groups and senior police officers from the Metropolitan Police Service and the participating Constabularies attended to support the competitors. They were also joined on the day by the RAF, the London Fire Brigade and other keen supporters.

The Metropolitan Black Police Association (Met BPA) have been the main supporters of the project since the start of the initiative in 2016 in Sutton. The Met BPA has not only supported the initiative, but helped in the planning of the tournaments and the Finale.

 

PC and Co-Founder Michael Wallace said: "This project is about the Community and the Police coming together as one, while working hand in hand to make those key differences. This has helped empower our KickOff@3 initiative and embed our ethos of #WeBelieve. We were delighted to hold this specific event on Father’s Day, as this is key to bringing families together in a safe and fun environment while supporting our young people."


The 2018 Line-Up


Waltham Forest 12th February 2018

Walthamstow, Waltham forest Kick off at 3 tournament football tournament, charity, community initiative

Police Lead: Jason Hill

Supported charity: Free Your Mind

 

 

Enfield 24th March 2018

Enfield charity community football tournament kickoffat3

Police Lead: Alun Davies 

Supported charity: Haven House Children’s Hospice

Durham 29th March 2018

Police Lead: Lynn Preston

Supported charity: ISLA CATON

 

Havering 25th April 2018

Police Lead: Harinda Saghera

 

Bromley, Croydon & Lewisham 29th April 2018

Police Lead: Rob Goodwin

Supported charity: The OLLIE Foundation

Hertfordshire 5th May 2018

Police Lead: Rory Arnott

Supported charity: The OLLIE Foundation

 

 

West Midlands 9th May 2018

Police Lead: Hubert Treasure and Karen Geddes 

 

Ealing & Hounslow 12th May 2018

Police Lead: Helen Thompson

 

Northern Ireland - Belfast

Police Lead: Andrew George

 

 

Southwark 27th May 2018

Lead Contact: Ricky Graham from Walworth Wanderers or PC Stu Wythe

Supported Charity: Young Minds

The Finale 17th June 2018

 

 

Click here to see the event photography for the Grand Finale.

We are proud to also present a gallery of the Grand Finale by sports photographer Carol Moir 

 

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