Police to hold Easter football tournament

Youngsters are being invited to kick on this Easter and take part in a football tournament.

Officers from the Morpeth Neighbourhood Policing Team have organised an ‘Easter Shield’ five-a-side competition.

The tournament is for kids aged between 11 to 13 and will be held at the Morpeth Riverside Leisure Centre on Friday, April 11, between 11.45am and 4pm.

It is the ninth year in a row the competition has been organised by police in Morpeth and there will be trophies for the winners and runners up.

There will also be a trophy for the player of the tournament and all youngsters taking part will receive a medal.

This year the local policing team have also organised a free family fun day to run alongside the football with activities such as a circus workshop, face painting, glitter tattoos and other sporting activities.

Police Community Support Officer Paul Moorhead who organised the event, said: “We love organising events like this and giving the kids in Morpeth something to do during the school holidays.

“The whole day is a great opportunity for us to engage with the kids who are able to see us in a different light.

“We get great support from the council, C-Salt (the management company for Morpeth leisure centre) and other local businesses who have provided refreshments. Barnabas Safe, Sound and Bad Apples will also be at the event to interact with the children while they’re not playing football”.

Entrance to the event is free and sign up sheets for the football tournament are available at the leisure centre.