NEARLY 100 young people took part in a charity football tournament organised with help from the police.

The seven-a-side tournament was held in Durham and involved schools from County Durham, Newcastle, Darlington and North Yorkshire.

It was a joint initiative between Durham University, which hosted the event, and local police forces. It is part of the KickOff@3 scheme, aimed at developing engagement and trust between young people and the police.

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Action from the final between Wellfield School and Norton College

The winners were Wellfield School, from Wingate, County Durham, who will represent the North-East and North Yorkshire in the national finals. They beat Norton College 4-3 in a penalty shoot-out following a 0-0 draw in the final.

Quentin Sloper, director of the university’s Experience Durham, said: “It was great to see so many young people from right across the region enjoying their sport here at Durham University.

“Sport has the power to bring people together and with the top-class facilities, coaches and athletes we have at Durham, we can play a big part in that. We wish Wellfield every success for the national finals.”

The tournament raised money for the Bradley Lowery Foundation, to support Ollie Sweeney, who is currently fighting neuroblastoma.