Football victory for cops at Old Trafford

Five Nottinghamshire Officers have come away with the Cup of Two Dreams after winning a football tournament in Manchester.

The UK Police squad, made up of officers from Notts, Leicestershire, Greater Manchester, Kent and Essex won the final in a penalty shoot-out against the Thomas Cook team.

The competition was hosted by The Prince’s Trust in partnership with HCL, who provide mobile solutions to the force.

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After the match the Prince’s Trust gave a presentation and the team were able to meet with some of the young people who are involved with the charity.

Greater Manchester Police Detective Inspector Ric Warden, speaking after the event, said: “Can I just say a massive thank you to the organisers for inviting us to such a great day. The entire day from start to finish was quite frankly superb.

“After a testing few of weeks for the police family across the UK it was a great event to take our minds off the horrible recent events in Manchester and now London. It was also really great to see how you support the young people working through the princes trust.

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“The event allowed a lot of grown men relive their childhood dreams in taking part and on behalf of our colleagues I would like to express our gratitude to be given the opportunity.”

Nottinghamshire’s very own Nathan Scott, Nathan Robinson, Joe Parlatt, Lee Collopy and Jonathan Lee all had a part to play in the winning performance. The cup itself is currently on display at Nottinghamshire Police HQ before it heads off to Kent HQ and finally on to GMP where it will stay until it’s up for grabs next year.

Special Sergeant and team captain, Nathan Scott, said: “It was great to be able to pull together Police Officers from around the country, especially during tough times. For me it showed our solidarity and commitment to the communities that we are all very proud to serve.

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“A young lad who used to get into bother with the police joined the police side and when talking to him after he said ‘since getting involved with the Prince’s Trust and taking part in things like this, things have really changed’.

“It was the second time he’d been part of the tournament and the progress he’d made in that year has been incredible.  Despite being unsure about being part of our team, we made sure he felt welcome and I genuinely think this has really helped restore his confidence in himself and also his confidence in the police.

“This for me is why I joined the Police, and why I was so proud to be a part of this project. I would like to say a personal thank you to HCL, Manchester United and the Princes trust for providing us with such a great stage to reach out to the people we serve.”