|Over 1,000 people came together at Crystal Palace Football Club to take part in Cut It Out – a fun, football tournament that united the community against knife crime last SaturdayThe challenge was won by young people from the Premier League Kicks flagship community football programme, who welcomed the chance to pitch their skills on the Premier League club’s turf.
Cut It Out championed the goals of the council’s Choose Your Future campaign – to unite Croydon against serious youth violence and support young people to make positive choices.
The BME Forum led event was supported by Croydon Council, Croydon Police the Palace for Life Foundation and community groups.
Councillor Hamida Ali, cabinet member for safer Croydon and communities
|“Congratulations to the Croydon BME Forum and all the community organisations who worked together to stage such a fantastic and positive event with a very important message at its heart.“I’d like to thank all the councillors who supported the event through their ward budgets given its purpose to bring young people together with the police and the council to break down barriers in the fight against knife crime.”
The young people’s team pitched their skills against Croydon Police, with other teams including All Inclusive Football Team, Croydon All Stars, Croydon councillors, Croydon Female All Stars, City Hall staff, the Fathers Forum, Lions Society, London Road Businesses, Neighbourhood Safety Officers, and Selhurst Community Team.