Posh guest for city young­sters

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Neighbourhood News - By DAVID SEY­MOUR david.sey­mour@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk @Et­david Sey­mour

YOUNG foot­ballers in Peter­bor­ough were treated to a visit from Posh star Craig Al­cock dur­ing their spe­cial tour­na­ment.

More than 100 city chil­dren wel­comed the Peter­bor­ough United de­fender to St John Fisher Catholic High School, in Park Lane, East­field, as part of a com­pe­ti­tion held in April.

The event was or­gan­ised through the city’s Fri­day Night Foot­ball scheme – a joint project be­tween Cam­bridgeshire po­lice, lo­cal Youth Of­fend­ing Ser­vice and Peter­bor­ough United Foot­ball Club, which aims to get young­sters oc­cu­pied and in­ter- ested in play­ing foot­ball.

The Cham­pi­onship player spent time talk­ing to young­sters as well as sign­ing pro­grammes for them.

Nick Shep­pard, Posh’s Foot­ball In The Com­mu­nity of­fi­cer, said: “We are de­lighted to be con­tin­u­ing the part­ner­ship with youth of­fend­ing ser­vices and the po­lice with this project. Craig Al­cock vis­it­ing topped off a great af­ter­noon for the young peo­ple in at­ten­dance and we are thank­ful as ever for him com­ing down in his own time to make the day even more mem­o­rable.”

Two tour­na­ments were played on the day, one for un­der 14s and one for those aged 14 and above. Posh tick­ets and tro­phies were pre­sented to win­ners while run­ners-up took home medals.

Wayne Stainsby sports of­fi­cer from the Youth Of­fend­ing Ser­vice, said: “I think it was bril­liant that Craig Al­cock came down to sup­port a re­ally suc­cess­ful tour­na­ment which was jointly run be­tween us, the lo­cal po­lice and Posh.

“All the young peo­ple were re­ally ex­cited about Craig be­ing there and it was fan­tas­tic he had time to have a chat with them and sign au­to­graphs.”

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