Charity support activity as part of annual event for Stephen Lawrence.
The Leeds United Foundation were on hand to support an anti-crime workshop recently, delivered by West Yorkshire Police and The Bridge Project at Co-Op Academy Leeds.
The event was one of many coordinated in remembrance of youngster Stephen Lawrence, who was killed in a racist attack aged just 18 on 22nd April 1993.
Stephen Lawrence Day, which takes place on the anniversary of his death, empowers communities to help young people become inspired to develop a fairer and more inclusive society.
The workshop, which was lead by Tony Gibson and West Yorkshire Police’s 6th Hub, focused on topics such as criminal exploitation, gang crime and the dangers of carrying a weapon.
West Yorkshire Police made the following comments after the workshop had taken place: “West Yorkshire Police in conjunction with our partners have been working hard to work with young children in secondary schools across West Yorkshire as part of the Schools Project. We want children to understand the consequences of the choices they make and to empower them to make the right choices.”
Support for the event was spearheaded by Steve Hartley, a Premier League Kicks Behaviour and Learning Support Officer, who said: “Utilising the power of football as a positive incentive is invaluable. The topics we’ve explored through this workshop affect young people across the country and to have so many passionate deliverers spreading such a positive message is essential.”
Jacqui Driscoll, Operations Manager at the Co-Op Academy in Leeds, added the following: “It’s great to see Leeds United demonstrating their support and involvement with projects like this in the wider community.
“Students have so many opportunities to take the wrong path and sessions like these highlight to them the choices they have and the consequences of these. Our work with Joe and Steve from the Foundation strengthens connections and future partnerships with the club. Thank you again for your support.”