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Books and medals up for grabs in football tournament.

Date: 13/10/2008           Category: Young People

A football tournament will be kicking off at Lordswood Leisure Centre on Thursday, 16 October to bring the community together as part of Black History Month and National Year of Reading. The action-packed event will be starting at 6.30pm. Young people, the Police, Police Community Support Officers and Library staff will be taking part to try and beat their opponents on the pitch. Last years event was a great success and featured seventy-five young players. Cllr Howard Doe, Portfolio Holder for Community Services said: "This energetic and fun event is a great way to bring different groups from across Medway together to celebrate diversity, culture and learning on the football pitch. May the best team win." Acting Chief Inspector Mat Newton added: 'I'm delighted to see officers give up their free time to support this event. Bringing together members of the public with the police and council can only improve relationships between all agencies and our local communities.' Winners will be presented with prizes at approximately 8.30pm. As part of the National Year of Reading, the Library is funding the occasion and will be providing medals and, to encourage reading, will be giving young winners autobiographies of professional footballers as prizes.