Football tournament unites communities

Referee Howard Webb
Referee Howard Webb
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World Cup and Premier League referee Howard Webb visited a South Yorkshire school to present certificates to pupils for taking part in a football tournament.

He visited Brinsworth Comprehensive to congratulate youngsters who took part in the event – part of an initiative run by South Yorkshire Police, Rotherham United Football Club’s Community Sports Trust, Sheffield Hallam University, Tinsley Forum and Brinsworth Comprehensive.

The initiative uses football to bring together the communities from Tinsley and Brinsworth under the ethos ‘One Game, One Goal’.

Police Sergeant Howard Webb added: “This project will be supported by the Sheffield and Hallamshire County Football Association as one of the first of several schemes that they are rolling out throughout South Yorkshire.

“I am delighted that we have been able to make this initiative happen. The kids thoroughly enjoyed the event. Football is a powerful vehicle to bring communities together.”

PC Jeannine Waller, a People and Young Persons Officer, said: “I thought that the universal language of football would be a superb way of bringing both the school and wider community together. I linked in with Howard and the plan grew in momentum.”