Mosque football team to take on police in community match

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A community football match has been organised by Lancaster police and the city’s Blade Street Mosque.

The event will take place tomorrow (Tuesday, September 24) at the University of Cumbria’s Lancaster campus at 7pm.

A team of police officers and staff and players from local team Moghuls FC, representing the mosque, will play a seven-a-side game.

Sergeant John Bond, of Lancaster Police’s Community Cohesion Unit, said: “A vital part of the job is engaging with the local community during our daily foot patrols and at events like this as well. It’s one of the best parts of the job, and this event should be particularly enjoyable.

“It is particularly important we make sure we are engaging with and building relationships with all the different communities in the area.

“People of all different races and religions love football and so it’s a great bit of common ground for us to use to build relationships with people.

“Also, playing sport with the public helps us to show we are more than just a person in a uniform and break down the barriers some people can have towards the police.

“For that reason, we would always welcome any community group who would like to play us at any sport.”