Young people from Wythenshawe got to experience the Premier League for themselves thanks to police and outreach workers in south Manchester.
PC Iain McLellan and PC Adrian Franks arranged for 250 pupils and staff from Saint Paul’s High School and Our Lady’s High School to get up close and personal with the premiership trophy, which was on display in Albert Square as part of the Premier League Trophy Tour.
The trip was arranged as part of Safe4Summer, a summer-long initiative to keep young people occupied and divert them away from antisocial behaviour.
The Premier League Trophy Tour has travelled across the Middle East and Asia and last week stopped off in the UK for the first time. Young people had the opportunity to learn more about the League, its clubs, its players and history as well as having the chance to test out their football skills.
PC Iain McLellan from the Wythenshawe Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “This is the first time that the Premier League Trophy Tour has travelled to the UK and was a once in a lifetime experience for many of the young people.
“Our aim as part of Safe4Summer is to ensure that everybody has a safe and peaceful summer and one of the main reasons people hang around in parks and on streets is because they have nothing to do.
“Our visit to the Premier League Trophy Tour is just one of the positive activities available to young people during the summer. Trips such as this not only divert youngsters away from antisocial behaviour but also enable them to engage with the police in an informal and fun environment.”
The trip was funded by the Safer School Partnership. Visit www.safe4summer.com