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Maiden Castle tournament brings people together through sport

(22 March 2019)

Winners Wellfield School with supporters

Nearly 100 young people enjoyed a charity football tournament that we hosted at Maiden Castle.

We run the annual KickOff@3 tournament with local police forces, with the goal of developing trust between young people and the police.

More about KickOff@3...

KickOff@3 is a national initiative, which was started by a Metropolitan Police officer and a London youth worker.

We have hosted the North East heat, which this year expanded from Durham Constabulary to also include Northumbria Police and North Yorkshire Police.

Boys and girls aged 13 and 14 travelled from across the North East and North Yorkshire to compete at our Maiden Castle sports complex.

Some of our students helped organise the tournament, New College Durham students acted as referees and local community volunteers also helped out. 

What happened on the pitch?

The winners were Wellfield School, from Wingate, County Durham, who will now represent the region in the national finals in July. They defeated Norton College 4-3 in a penalty shoot-out following a 0-0 draw in the final.

Last year, the Durham winners, New College Durham, finished as national runners-up.

What else happened?

The tournament raised money for the Bradley Lowery Foundation, to support Ollie Sweeney, who is currently fighting Neuroblastoma.

It was opened by Durham Constabulary Chief Constable Mike Barton, Durham Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner Ron Hogg and Mark Brian, Head of Sport and Physical Activity at the University’s Experience Durham; and supported by Durham County Football Association, Show Racism the Red Card and the Royal Air Force.

Quentin Sloper, Director of our Experience Durham, said: “It was great to see so many young people from right across the region enjoying their sport here.

“Sport has the power to bring people together and with the top-class facilities, coaches and athletes we have here, we can play a big part in that. We wish Wellfield every success for the national finals.”