Football brings police and Crawley youths together

Sussex Police played a football match against young people from the Escape Youth Project in Broadfield on Sunday (April 3).

The event was organised by the West Sussex County Council run Escape Youth Project - a drop-in service, which host youth facilities for 11 to 19 year olds on a Sunday at Broadfield’s youth centre – and Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) Ashleigh Hanlon.

The football event was also supported by West Sussex County Council Youth Service, Sussex Police, Freedom Leisure, Crawley Borough Council, Rare Range Coaching, who helped with coaching on the day, and local resident group Inspire Broadfield, who provided refreshments on the day.

Around 150 people turned up on Mother’s Day at Crawley’s K2 Leisure Centre to watch the Under 19s beat the force 1-0 in the last 25 seconds of the game, when Levi Austin headed the ball to Terry Sandwell who scored the goal.

Crawley Town FC player Richard Brodie awarded trophies and congratulated players after the match.

Peter Evans, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Children and Families, said: “This event is a great example of communities working together to help develop young people’s relationships with each other and encourage them to be active.

“Well done to all involved and everyone who went along to support the teams.

“Maybe they’ll be a replay on the cards.”