Footy card stars

PC Alison Dennis, Mark Byford, Beth Page and PCSO Aaron Riley
PC Alison Dennis, Mark Byford, Beth Page and PCSO Aaron Riley

YOUNGSTERS playing in police-organised sports teams have become the stars of their own collectors’ cards.

Pontefract and Knottingley neighbourhood policing team (NPT) organises four teams for children, and it has now launched a card collection, with each team member featuring on their own card.

PCSO Aaron Riley, of the NPT, said the idea was for the children to complete the collection. Each card has a picture of each player, along with their team crest, police contact details and a safety-themed message on the back.

PCSO Riley said: “It is something the youngsters will be able to treasure forever, and they can say they had their face on their very own professionally made card.

“The messages on the cards deliver a diverse range of important information, such as road safety awareness, staying safe while playing out and general wellbeing.

“We hope that the children will have fun while swapping the cards. This sort of activity goes on throughout school playgrounds and we feel while they are busy doing this they are developing their social skills.”

The NPT runs a tag rugby team called Max’s Madcats and football team called Paddy’s Predators in Knottingley, Monkhill Monkeys football team in Pontefract and the Knottingley Angels cheerleading team.

PCSO Riley added: “In the early stages there was conflict between the players, but they now show respect for one another and a sense of camaraderie has evolved between team-mates, and mutual respect for opponents has been instilled into them. We hope this project will build on this success.”