Police and partners in Norwich and across the county will be
hoping to be on the ball as well as build on community
relationships this week.
Officers from Norfolk Constabulary and staff
from Norfolk County Council’s Specialist Social Work
Service-Diverse Communities department are taking on a group of
young Black people in a community football match in Norwich on
Saturday 9 October.
The event which has been jointly organised by Norfolk
Constabulary, Norfolk County Council and Mashinga Trust is being
incorporated into The Black History Month calendar, to build
relationships and to use it as an opportunity to raise awareness of
the Black community’s identity and how they have contributed to
society. Black History Month aims to promote knowledge of
black history, culture and heritage to everyone.
Inspector Lisa Hooper from Heartsease and Thorpe Hamlet Safer
Neighbourhood Team who are helping to organise the event said ”We
are really pleased to be taking part in the community match.
It is an excellent opportunity to engage and build links with
communities who may come from very different backgrounds through a
shared passion for football.
“The aim is to have a fun day but have history as an integral
part of the event. We would encourage as many people as
possible to come along and watch.”
Corporate Equality and Diversity Manager at Norfolk Constabulary
Abraham Eshetu said “It is an exciting opportunity to help support
Black History Month on a local level and is important to raise
awareness and remember the achievements of Black people in our
“However, we would ultimately hope to celebrate the achievements
not only for one month each year, but integrate it into all aspects
of society throughout the year.
“We hope that this event will be well supported and could even
become a regular feature in the Constabulary and local community’s
Cabinet Member for Children’s Services at Norfolk County Council
Alison Thomas said “We are proud to support Black History Month and
have organised this event to help further develop the relationship
between young people from black and minority ethnic backgrounds and
the police and county council.
"Our specialist social work team works with children from a
range of backgrounds including refugees and asylum seekers and is
keen to breakdown any barriers that might exist and help young
people understand the work of the agencies that are there to
support them and the wider community.
"We want to celebrate Norfolk's diverse communities and there is
no better way to celebrate than through the universal language of