Football tournament to engage youngsters in Leigh Park

The Leigh Park community football tournament at Havant College
The Leigh Park community football tournament at Havant College
Picture: Malcolm Wells

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A youth charity and emergency services came together for a football tournament to break down barriers between teenagers and the authorities.

Big World Impact (BWI), Havant police and Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service took part with more than 70 young people in Leigh Park.

The match took place at Havant Sixth Form College, and was made possible by the Hampshire Police and Crime Commissioner and Asda Foundation funding.

BWI wanted to organise a fun, informal event that would bring together young people in Leigh Park with police and the fire and rescue service by breaking down barriers and reducing anti-social behaviour.

The tournament also gave young people the opportunity to offer feedback on local community issues.

Police Sergeant Garry Smith, from the Havant Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: ‘The partnership has been instrumental in engaging with the community, especially young people in an effort to educate them around anti-social behaviour and to guide young people into more productive activities.’