Friday 14th June 2019
Over a thousand people gathered at Crystal Palace Football Club’s ground, Selhurst Park, Saturday 25th May to participate in Cut It Out 2019, a football tournament that aimed to unite the community against knife crime.
The Cut It Out 2019 event was organized by Croydon BME Forum, along with Croydon Council, Croydon police, the Palace for Life Foundation and other community groups. The event championed the council’s Choose Your Future campaign, which aimed to tackle serious youth violence and support young people to make positive choices.
Councillor Hamida Ali, cabinet member for safer Croydon and communities expressed her appreciation for the opportunity: “I’d like to thank all the councillors who supported the event through their ward budgets given its purpose to bring young people together with the police and the council to break down barriers in the fight against knife crime.”
For the past few years, a variety of measures were introduced by the council to ease crime tension, including campaignsand workshops to tackle young people’s mental health concerns, as well as initiatives to open up job and education opportunities for residents. Cut It Out aims to raise public awareness towards knife crime.
Other participating teams included All Inclusive Football Team, Croydon All Stars, Croydon councillors, Croydon Female All Stars, City Hall staff, the Fathers Forum, Lions Society, London Road Businesses, Neighbourhood Safety Officers, and Selhurst Community Team.