The VYG and the Metropolitan Police force faced each other in a thrilling match of football that saw the VYG clinch the trophy for the second year running.

Around 2,000 people were witness to the great goal frenzy, but before the game kicked off, fans were treated to a dance performance by the VYG (Victory Youth Group). There was also a march by the Police cadets at half time.

The game took place on Sunday, 22nd of May at the Hive Stadium, home of Barnet FC, London Bees and Tottenham Hotspur women.

It is unfortunately common to read stories about how tense the relationship is between young people and the police, but this game showed that we can be united, even while playing in different teams.

The game got to a flying start for the VYG as they took the lead early in the game, the first half was a one-team show, VYG dominated and had many chances. When the half time whistle blew, the score was 3-0 to the VYG.

During half time, Chief Superintendent Jeff Boothe, who is the Borough Commander for Croydon made a speech mentioned that there was an information booth set up for those who could be interested in a career with the police force.

He encouraged people to get informed as the Metropolitan Police needs more representation from all backgrounds in their ranks.

In the second half, the Met made a few substitutions which impacted the game, they stepped up and their number 8 managed to score a hattrick, however it wasn’t enough to clinch the game as the VYG scored two more times, making the final score 5-3 to the VYG.

Although the VYG won the game, in the end everyone is a winner as the VYG and Metropolitan Police stood shoulder to shoulder to send out the message that knife and gun crime should have no place in our society.

Pastor David Nzuruba, who oversees the Universal Church’s outreach work said that this match was above all else a good advert for unity, and that the best way to overcome problems in our society is if everyone works together because we can achieve more that way.

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