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Police Bring Newcastle and Sunderland Fans Together To Stop Trouble

7 years ago
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A police initiative has brought Newcastle and Sunderland fans together in a bid to try and stop future trouble between the two sets of supporters.

The Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird, has contributed £20,000 to the initiative from her Community Safety Fund – the fund aimed at kicking anti-social behaviour unto touch.

The project is being run through the Newcastle United and Sunderland Foundations and both clubs have described the funding as ‘fantastic’.

The initiative will encompass visits to both football stadiums and a series of activities in the classroom, with young supporters of both clubs .doing workshops exploring bad behaviour and disorder, plus the rivalry between the two clubs

There will also be showcase matches involving the two sets of fans and play day events.

Vera Baird commented;

“We know north east people are passionate about football and it starts at an early age.

“This valuable project will give youngsters the opportunity to meet others who support a different local team.

“Through the workshops and activities they’ll explore and discuss anti-social behaviour; what it is and the impact it has on them, their families and their communities, as well as the consequences of anti-social or violent behaviour.

“My office has met with staff from both clubs and it is clear that the project works and is helping to change young people’s lives.”

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