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Kickoff@3 to honour Daniel De-Gale with football tournament

GOOD SPORT: The initiative has improved the relationship between young people and the police through the medium of football

KICKOFF@3 RETURN to London for the finale of their successful football national tournament, where young people from diverse communities across the UK will be competing this weekend.

On Sunday June 17, 22 teams from across the UK will take 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.

The Kickoff@3 Daniel De-Gale Football Tournament is named after 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 while 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 the competition, the players and supporters will stand united in a one-minute silence orchestrated by Kickoff@3 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 will attend to support the competitors. They will also be joined on the day by the RAF, the London Fire Brigade and other keen supporters.


TROPHY: Beverley De-Gale and Orin Lewis will present the winners with this cup

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

PC 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’re delighted we are holding 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.”

For the past five 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 1,000 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.

KickOff@3 was established by PC Michael Wallace and Ashley Levien, who runs his own social inclusion project called Suberbos Community. Both men, who are based in Barnet, worked together to co-found the initiative. They devised a plan to help establish long-lasting relationships between young people and their local police as well as building trust and positive affiliations between the two groups. They have also helped raise awareness and funds for a range of charities who promote health and wellbeing in young people.

For more information about the initiative, dates of future events and tournaments and how to participate, visit www.kickoffat3.co.uk or follow them on Twitter: @KickOff@3.

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