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Raising Awareness Through Football


This evening, Monday 27 November, the most hotly contested football tournament of the year will kick off as colleagues from Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service (DFRS), Derby County Community Trust and Derbyshire Constabulary hold a 5-a-side Charity Football Tournament in support of International Men’s Day.

The tournament which was the idea of DFRS Inclusion Officer, Lukasz Gazda, is an opportunity to highlight some serious issues affecting men and boys, as well as raising money for the Fire Fighters Charity and Derby based Safe & Sound Charity.

There are many issues which affect men today and Lukasz hopes that the tournament will get people thinking about how they can ‘Make a Difference’, as well as raising awareness of some of those issues, namely, higher male suicide rates, men’s health issues, shorter life expectancy and the challenges faced by men as parents.

Speaking ahead of the tournament, Mr Gazda said: “We have been working in our new joint police and fire headquarters for over a year now and I thought the tournament would be a great opportunity to get together informally; raise some money for charity; raise awareness of issues affecting men, whilst celebrating their diversity and of course, have some serious fun.

“The Service is fully committed to the health and wellbeing of all of its employees and I wanted the tournament to compliment this support, but in a very informal setting. I was absolutely thrilled that colleagues have come forward wanting to get involved, not only from the Derbyshire Constabulary, but colleagues from Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service and Derby County Community Trust too. I just hope there are no red cards issued and disagreements with the referee.”

Louie Spooner, Derbyshire Constabulary’s Equality & Digital Support Officer, continued: “After a discussion with Lukasz we couldn’t wait to get involved with the charity tournament. It’ll be interesting to see who is victorious out of all of the teams, and I’m sure there will be some good natured rivalry before, during and after the matches”.

Gavin Lewis from the Derby County Community Trust said:

“We are looking forward to the tournament and will be bringing players and staff from our inclusive community sessions across the city.

“As the charity arm of Derby County Football Club, we see this as a fantastic opportunity to raise funds and awareness around International Men’s Day and the support available from organisations across the city.”

The winners of the tournament will be announced via the Service’s twitter account.

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