Power of sport: Northumbria Police play ‘inspirational’ Grenfell Athletic FC in friendly football match

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Northumbria Police’s men’s football team took part in a special match against Grenfell Athletic Football Club in Washington.

Northumbria Police and Grenfell Athletic FC competed in a friendly football match at Washington Football Hub on August 11. Grenfell Athletic won the match with a score of 4-1.

Grenfell Athletic FC was set up by local residents of Grenfell after the devastating events of the Grenfell Tower fire in 2017. The team includes survivors, and loved ones of those who sadly lost their lives.

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Chief Superintendent Barrie Joisce, Area Commander in South Tyneside and Sunderland, was among those who played for Team Northumbria and is a regular on the pitch as part of the Over 40’s squad.

He said: “It was an honour to be invited to play against Grenfell Athletic FC and meet some inspirational people and players on the day.

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Northumbria Police played against Grenfell Athletic FC | Kelvin Shell

“Regardless of the result, occasions like this showcase how football and other sports can really bring our communities together for the better.

“I’d like to thank everyone who came together to make the day what it was – and it’s something that will certainly stay with me for a long time.”

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Grenfell Athletic FC play teams across the country and are always met with widespread support. The team are currently touring across the UK.

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It was a special match between the two teams | Kelvin Shell

Manager for Grenfell Athletic FC Rupert Taylor said of the match: “It was a brilliant opportunity to play this match alongside key blue light workers – especially following the amazing support our community has received from emergency services in recent years.

“We will continue to raise awareness and champion football as so often it provides solace and a safety net for local people who might be facing difficulties.”

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