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Takeaway is backing estate footballers

KITTED OUT ... Chief Supt Ian Dawes, left, with Simonside football team, in new strips, and officers.

KITTED OUT ... Chief Supt Ian Dawes, left, with Simonside football team, in new strips, and officers.

AN Indian takeaway is getting behind a football team helping to stamp out disorder on a Riverside estate.

Rice ‘n’ Spice, based in Binchester Street, Simonside, has stumped up the cash to kit out the team as they look to take part in the Soccer 6 league at Harton.

The footballers, led by Mick Dron, train every Sunday at Lord Blyton Primary School.

The group was set up more than six years ago as a way of distracting the estate’s youths from trouble.

The training sessions also see officers from the area’s policing team regularly taking part.

Over the years, it has been credited with helping reduce anti-social behaviour on the estate.

Chief Superintendent Ian Dawes said: “I think what has been achieved through this football group is really good, and demonstrates how the police and the community can work together.”

Shop owner Mr Aklasur Rahman, who is keen to support community initiatives, said: “I’m only too happy to support the team.

“As a local business, it’s always nice to be able to give something back to the community that supports my business.”

The team, will now be known as Simonside Rice ‘n’ Spice. The sessions run on Sundays from 1pm to 3pm for anyone aged 15 years and over.

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