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United Against Knife Crime

Prior to Colchester United beating Notts County 5-4 on Saturday 30 September the Colchester United squad warmed up in a new United Against Knife Crime kit, one of the main visual ways for the team to highlight Saturday’s anti-knife initiative.

The goal filled match on Saturday was dedicated to raising awareness of knife crime, with the game kicking off the month-long programme of activities planned for the Knife Angel’s stay in the city.

Colchester United Community Foundation, the VVU, Essex Police, the PFCC for Essex, Colchester City Council and the Red Cross all came together to use Saturday’s match to highlight the devastation knife crime can bring to communities.

While incidents of knife crime are rare, the more that families, young people and children are aware and educated on the dangers of knife harm the more we can do to reduce these tragic incidents.

Saturday’s match day programme included resources and support for parents on knife harm, and following the match under 16s could collect a free mini football from Essex Police in exchange for a leaflet about the United Against Knife Harm initiative.  Under 16s also have the chance to win match day tickets and a replica kit by answering questions on the organisations who participated in the day.

Media organisations were really interested in the initiative with interviews taking place across Essex broadcast media channels.

We thank all partners for coming together in such a special way and standing ‘United Against Knife Crime.

Watch the team running out in the warm up shirts at: