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The Metropolitan Black Police Association (MetBPA) was formed in September 1994 and came at a time when Black and Asian Officers and Staff were a rarity and underrepresented in the MPS in the areas of Rank and Specialism.
The MetBPA endeavours to improve the working environment of black personnel within the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) and the community. These aims will be achieved by:
*Definition of Black - The term black does not relate to skin colour but is used to describe all people of African, African Caribbean or Asian origin.
The Association continues to be the communication tool and conduit for change, growth and development in an established organisation that seeks our input, point of reference and support. Our relationship within the MPS is one that provides and encourages constant dialogue on matters that affect us all. The MetBPA look toward to an inclusive and integrated relationship, where the objectives that we share with the wider Policing Community contribute to and enhance an improved and evolving MPS.
The Metropolitan Black Police Association have been supporting ‘KickOff@3’ since its inception and continue to endorse their efforts to bring young people, communities and police together through the medium of sports, music and spoken word.
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Dr Angela Herbert MBE began a public sector career over 30 years ago as a volunteer and employee of the Criminal Justice System. She is a qualified teacher and trainer and has an MSc in Education Management, a Ba (hons) in Education and Training and a Professional Doctorate in Prison Education. She boasts a number of attainments including competence assessor, internal and external verifier, post graduate degree in educational mentoring and coaching, and is a licenced transformational coach.
Angela uses her hugely successful coaching model evaluated by Manchester University due to the evident changes observed in her coaches, following their 6-session coaching journey with her.
She is an acclaimed public speaker specialising in social justice, promoting equality and opportunities to support the most ‘marginalised’ members of society.
Angela is an ambassador for the BAME community, as a Board member of the Prisoners Education Trust; Chair of the Brent Police Independent Advisory Group and Co-Chair of an independent Violent Crime Prevention Board.
Angela is a published author who uses literary skill and her voice to challenge, inequality and support initiatives that practically promote inclusivity and opportunity. Kick Off@3 is one such intervention that she firmly supports, as the founders, Michael and Ashley encapsulates passion for change, aspiration and hope for future generations.
Tola Munro, President of the National Black Police Association, spoke to us about his involvement with KickOff@3. Here is what he says.
Policing is about helping people - usually this is in the context of them being victims of crime. However helping also includes explaining what we do and why we do it, preventing crime and giving people opportunities they wouldn't otherwise experience.
Although the causes of crime are complex, it sometimes takes something as simple as finding what makes people tick, what interests them, something that is positive, focusing on that rather than the negative and building enduring relationships.
KickOff@3 does that, it helps young men and women focus on sports, and poetry and giving blood to help others - to look up, rather than to look down. KickOff@3 is a force for good that is so much more than football, and yet as simple as the game itself. It has the power to change lives and that is why I and the National Black Police Association are supporting it.
Jo Hailey is a professional photographer who gives up her time on-site at the tournaments and many hours of post production and storage of images to support this great cause.
All the images captured by Striking Places Photography are provided in a voluntary capacity and photos are offered for sale on the website at an affordable price. This is to allow all parents and young people to have a professional photo of themselves in action and to provide the initiative with lasting memories and promotional imagery of the tournaments.
During the course of each year Jo also updates the KickOff@3 website and creates and uploads videos to the Striking Places YouTube Channel to support Michael and Ashley in their on-going passion to bring the Police and community together in cohesion.
The partnership began after Jo supported Michael & Ashley's charity event in December 2017.
Striking Places Photography was delighted to be asked by Michael and Ashley to become the official photographer for KickOff@3 and produce quality imagery for the initiative to help spread word of this amazing project while providing a valuable resource for Police forces and their media teams nationally.
Striking Places is a specialist commercial photography business that is dedicated to creating high quality images for location based businesses throughout the UK and beyond.
Striking Places is Google accredited and has been extending Street View inside for local businesses since 2012!
The MD and lead commercial photographer, Jo Hailey is no stranger to supporting good causes and has previously supported other causes such as:
CEO Sleepout; Jo slept out overnight on 31st October 2016 to help highlight the plight of the homeless.
Jo also raised both awareness and funds for Transitions UK a charity that supports disadvantaged youths in Herts, Beds, Bucks and North London. Jo organised a charity ball and trekked to Machu Picchu on the Inca Trail in Peru in May 2017.
Michael Wallace of KickOff@3 says "We're delighted to have Striking Places Photography appointed as the official photographers for all the KickOff@3 tournaments and the grand finale for 2018". "The quality imagery provided has helped to deliver the message visually right to people all over the UK and beyond" "We're so happy to have Jo and the team on board for the 2019 tournaments as well".
Photographs are available to buy from Striking Places Photography Shop after each event.
We are also delighted that our sports photographer Carol Moir will be joining us for some of the London events. Some of Carol’s fantastic event photography can be viewed Striking Place's sports gallery. You can find Carol on Twitter and Instagram.
Michael Wallace and Ashley Levien first approached OLLIE in late 2017. As Michael is a community volunteer outside of work, he was aware of the charity and the work we were doing.
Ashley and Michael were rolling out their Kickoff@3 football initiative on a National level and wanted to work with OLLIE as they felt there was synergy between the two organisations.
Since that original meeting, we have worked very closely with them. We were privileged enough to be recommended by them for Herts Constabulary’s charity of choice in 2018. We were also invited to come and speak to a number of Senior Police Officers within the Metropolitan Police about charities role in working with them. On the back of that, we were also chosen as one of the Bromley’s event charities in April 2018.
Every year Kickoff@3 also host a social fundraiser for a specific charity and they have kindly chosen The OLLIE Foundation as their charity for 2019.We are working with them to organise a charity evening in June with a Caribbean theme.
The ethos behind Kickoff@3 very similar to the OLLIE ethos, in that it is all about partnerships. It’s not about being the best organisation, but about organisations working together to deliver the best to our communities.
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KickOff@3 is delighted to have The THRIVE Programme on board as one of our sponsors.
The THRIVE programme has the same ethos as the KickOff@3 initiative around health & well-being and spreading awareness of mental health.
Rob Kelly, CEO of The THRIVE Programme, is a firm believer in our KickOff@3 initiative and what we are trying to achieve throughout the UK and beyond.
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Jez Levy says: Here at EYES on St Albans we love to have our EYES on all the amazing community projects that St Albans locals love to champion and get involved with.
KickOff@3/TipOff@3 is a brilliant initiative that will have a long lasting impact for generations to come.
We're very proud to support this life changing and crime reducing initiative.
Radio Verulam is a community station broadcasting in St Albans run and staffed almost exclusively by volunteers with a mission statement to serve the local community providing relevant, lively and engaging radio.
It has been an honour and a privilege to support the team at Kickoff@3 across numerous shows as after initially learning of this wonderful organisation via social media, they have become regularly fixtures across numerous shows.
Their core values of uniting communities via the power of sport, music and art, providing amazing voluntary opportunities in an entirely inclusive mode is incredibly powerful.
With the sad current narrative focusing on the increasing climate of youth violence it is empowering to see how this entirely voluntary organisation here in St Albans and across the country are working closely with young people to empower, uplift and change this perspective.
They are truly a beacon of hope. Quite simply here at Radio Verulam when it comes to Kickoff@3/Tipoff@3 #WeBelieve
We are very happy to support Michael and Ashley and the whole of the Kick Off @ 3 Team. At The Businesses
Community, we are all about just that - Community! Working together to help and support each other!
We know that in business and in life it is vital to network, collaborate, support and communicate and that’s exactly what Kick Off @ 3 do!
Working to break down barriers in communication with community and youth engagement, Kick Off @ 3 are bringing people together through sport, music and lots of fun initiatives.
TBC are proud supporters!
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The Founder of Success Matters, Claire Boyles created this website for Kick-Off@3 using a low cost, effective website builder- Jimdo.
Claire has been working with businesses as an independent Business Coach, and online marketing consultant since 2008. She only works with businesses who support people in being happy, healthy or wealthy.
Having had the benefit of Princes Trust personal development programme in her early twenties, she understands just how much projects like Kick-Off@3 can change lives, and she loves helping people change their lives!