YOUNG footballers across North Yorkshire are being invited to join a seven-a-side tournament supported by the emergency services to promote inclusion.

The tournament is in support of KickOff@3, an initiative that promotes social inclusion among young people from all walks of life through sport, music and arts.

North Yorkshire Police has organised the tournament for two age groups, 13 to14 and 15 to 16, to be held at York Sports Village on April 12.

The winners will go on to compete in the national finals in London on June 28 and mixed and girls-only teams are welcome.

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service has entered teams from its firefighter cadet schemes and the tournament will also help raise funds for seven-year-old Luke Mortimer, from Skipton.

Luke was a keen rugby player who developed meningitis before Christmas and had to have both his hands and legs amputated.

Arfan Rahouf, of North Yorkshire Police, said: “We particularly want to engage with young people from BAME and underprivileged backgrounds. We’re hoping to get ten teams in each age category, so if you want to take part please get your entry in before the closing date of March 13.”

To take part, email