New summer date for popular competition

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POLICE are urging Morpeth youngsters to put their trainers on and get involved in a five-a-side football tournament.

The competition for those aged between 11 and 13 has been arranged for the summer holidays by the Morpeth Neighbourhood Team and local schools and clubs have been invited to submit teams.

Every participant will be given a medal and the winning team will receive a cup.

This is the seventh year that Morpeth Community Support Officer Paul Moorhead has organised the event.

Previously held at Easter, it was such a success that officers decided to hold the tournament for the second time in the same year.

Morpeth Neighbourhood Sergeant Sharon Wilmore-Greaves said: “This is a great opportunity for local youngsters to get involved with a worthwhile activity and we’ve been grateful to receive support from a number of organisations.

“This partnership approach helps to build good relationships with the police and partners and ultimately helps to reduce anti-social behaviour over the summer holidays.”

The tournament, which will take place at the Riverside Leisure Centre between 11.30am and 4.30pm on Thursday, August 1, is supported by Northumberland Community Safety, local businesses and youth groups Barnabas Safe and Sound and Bad Apples.

Those interested in entering a team should collect an application form at the centre and submit it before the end of Saturday.