On Wednesday 8th January 2020: The Lindsworth Lions were invited to participate in what is becoming an annual event organised by Luke Cato, who is now CEO of Real Education Alternative Learning CIC. The tournaments he organises are always aimed at raising awareness for young people in the local communities across the Midlands; teaching them about the dangers they may face and the organisations out there trying to make a difference or that are available to offer them support. Last year the event was very successful and raised awareness of knife crime. This year, the prevalence in young (school aged) children being used as mules for drugs, money or weapons by criminal gangs across country and out of areas. This shifted the focus for the tournament and the messages that were being shared by the guest speakers; instead aimed at influencing the young people from the Midlands showing them how they can get along and represent their areas without violence or causing harm; through the medium of sports.

The Lions were drafted into group B, which consisted of a mixture of schools from SEN to Mainstream. They played 5 games in total and due to some fantastic performances from all involved they managed to win 3 games, draw 1 and lose 1. The game they lost was against the team which eventually won the whole tournament. They lost 1-0, compared to the team in the final that lost by many more goals. Lions finished 5th out of 18 teams, so a truly awesome end result boys, well done.

All in all, the lions gave a great account of themselves; behaved impeccably throughout the day and even took part in a friendly match against another team who had missed out on the quarter finals too. In this match, the boys refereed themselves and showed fantastic sportsmanship and positive social interactions with unfamiliar pupils and staff. This meant they also kept the now renowned Lindsworth reputation of: “great attitude and athleticism alongside the greatest of respect for everyone involved”. They did so in the spirit of the tournament and being fully aware and accepting of the take home message to “stay safe and avoid involvement in “County Lines”. They also learned how informing staff, parents or Police is and will always be acceptable and necessary to keep you safe, if you are ever in a position where you are being asked or intimidated to do things you do not want to do then you must seek help.

The following pupils represented and did us proud: D.W (GK & Captain), C.E, J.S, J.RG, L.B, R. B, F.W, K.E, O.L.

Men of the tournament: F.W, J.RG, and J.S

 

“Well done Lions, we are extremely proud of you!”

We hope exposure in this event and others like it, avoids many more of our young people being exploited, harmed or lost to criminal activity and gang affiliation activities; by raising awareness and improving understanding and knowledge of support services.